Chris Johnson’s 39-yard touchdown run early in the Titans’ blowout of St. Louis was his seventh rushing score of 20 or more yards, ESPN Stats & Information informs me.
That’s just one shy of the single-season NFL record shared by Jim Brown (1958) and Terrell Davis (1998).
Johnson also topped 100 yards rushing for the eighth consecutive game, breaking the franchise record of seven held by Earl Campbell. He also set a new Oilers/Titans record for scrimmage yards, with 186 boosting his season total to 2,017. Campbell has 1,981 for the 1980 Oilers.
Johnson’s 2,017 yards from scrimmage are the fourth most through 13 games in league history, behind O.J. Simpson in 1975 (2,120), Priest Holmes in 2002 (2,104 and Walter Payton in 1977 (2,051). Brown had 2,008 in 1963.
Here’s a breakdown of where Johnson stands 13 games into the season compared to where Eric Dickerson was at the same point in 1984, when he set the all time single-season rushing record with 2,105 yards.
Through 13 games
It's hard to fathom what Johnson's doing.
But here's one concern looking ahead: Vince Young's run-threat presence and overall play helped Johnson take his production to a different level. Young left Sunday's game with a hamstring injury. If he's unable to play next week against Miami or beyond -- the Titans finish with games against San Diego and at Seattle -- will it have a bearing on what Johnson does or doesn't do?