Titans vaunted running back Chris Johnson, who last year rushed for over 2,006 yards, faces off on Sunday against another top running back. But chances are the name Jamaal Charles doesn’t ring a bell with many NFL fans.
The third-year running is third in the NFL with 1,303 rushing yards and an eye-popping 6.4-yard per-carry average. That’s 36 yards more than Johnson, who has 79 more carries.
“They’re both obviously really fast,” Chiefs head coach Todd Haley said of the two backs, who both started in the NFL in 2008. “They’re built similarly. They’re explosive and quick. They’ve both got good hands. They both can do a lot of things for you.”
Johnson said before the season he aimed to top 2,500 yards, but opposing teams have keyed on stopping him, so his production has been reduced.
Johnson has been held under 100 rushing yards in six games this season, but is coming off back-to-back 100-yard games.