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  • Chasing Dickerson: Chris Johnson Needs 709 Yards In Five Games

    Tue Dec 01, 2009 1:33 pm EST

    Chasing Dickerson: Chris Johnson needs 709 yards in five games

    By MJD

    For 25 years now, Eric Dickerson has held the NFL's single-season rushing record with the 2,105 rushing yards he racked up in 1984. That record is now in some danger.

    Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson, with five games to go, has the legendary record in his sights.

    It's doable. More doable than you think, even.

    Johnson has averaged 126.9 yards per game on the year, and he'll need to average 141.8 over the last five if he's going to catch Dickerson. The news is better than it appears, though.

    In the six games started by Kerry Collins, Johnson averaged 99.3 yards per game. In the five games since Vince Young has taken over, he's averaged 160 yards per game. So he doesn't even have to get better to take down Dickerson's record. He's just gotta keep on keepin' on.

    If you're wondering about the rushing defenses he'll face, they're nothing staggering. He's got the 15th, 28th, 12th, 21st and 18th ranked rushing defenses left on his schedule, giving up an average of 118.8 yards a game. The last five defenses he faced gave up an average of 119.

    And if it does happen, it will happen way more impressively. Dickerson got 23.7 carries per game. Right now, Johnson is getting 19.7.

    Things set up pretty well for Johnson, so Dickerson, you might want to start thinking about clearing your schedule on January 3rd so you can attend Chris Johnson's record-breaking ceremony. Don't worry, though. Your status as the most awkward sideline reporter of all-time will always remain safe.

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    Re: Chasing Dickerson: Chris Johnson Needs 709 Yards In Five Games

    My main goal this season is now preserving dickerson's record. Spags need to find a way to stop this kid from getting 100+ yards in our game. Would like that record to stay with the rams until another ram breaks it.

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      Re: Chasing Dickerson: Chris Johnson Needs 709 Yards In Five Games

      Originally posted by 01d 0rd3r View Post
      My main goal this season is now preserving dickerson's record. Spags need to find a way to stop this kid from getting 100+ yards in our game. Would like that record to stay with the rams until another ram breaks it.
      I would too. It's ironic that the Rams have a chance to thwart Johnson in his attempt to break the record, and it will certainly add an interesting back drop to the game and hopefully some motivation, because let's face it, the Rams run defense needs all the help it can get. The way things have been regressing, Johnson must be licking his lips. Spags has his work cut out for him.

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        Re: Chasing Dickerson: Chris Johnson Needs 709 Yards In Five Games

        Originally posted by r8rh8rmike View Post
        I would too. It's ironic that the Rams have a chance to thwart Johnson in his attempt to break the record, and it will certainly add an interesting back drop to the game and hopefully some motivation, because let's face it, the Rams run defense needs all the help it can get. The way things have been regressing, Johnson must be licking his lips. Spags has his work cut out for him.
        I was thinking the same thing, he is a different type of back then ED but the record might fall.
        :ramlogo:

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          Re: Chasing Dickerson: Chris Johnson Needs 709 Yards In Five Games

          Originally posted by 01d 0rd3r View Post
          My main goal this season is now preserving dickerson's record. Spags need to find a way to stop this kid from getting 100+ yards in our game. Would like that record to stay with the rams until another ram breaks it.
          AMEN to this, obviously this season is a loss but we can at least preserve ED record and I think we should shoot to make Steven have a shot at the rushing title to salvage something out of this season and get something posItive to take into next season don't you guys agree?________________ :helmet: 4 LIFE!!!NO CHANGING!!NO QUITING!!PRESERVE OUR HISTORY!!!
          Last edited by TheRammer; -12-03-2009, 11:17 PM.

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          • dgr828
            "Dickerson's going down!" ~ Chris Johnson
            by dgr828
            Tennessee Titans RB and NFL leading rusher Chris Johnson has been quoted through sources that, not only will he go over 2,000 yards rushing this year, but he will also break Eric Dickersons' All-Time Rushing (Season) record of 2,105 yards. Eric set the record in 1984 as a member of the Los Angeles Rams. Few have tried to conquer this momentive achievement, Barry Sanders and Jamal Lewis were able to rush over 2,000, but both fell short when it came to chasing down Dickersons NFL record.

            Chris ("Every Coaches Dream") Johnson has all but guaranteed that he will surpass the former Rams Hall of Fame Running Back this season.
            The Saint Louis Rams travel to Nashville (December 13) to face the Titans. Chris' "Dream" should be motivation enough for the Rams defense to stop the RUN as well as protect its own longtime hallowed Rams record.

            Will the Titans Chris Johnson break Eric Dickerson's All-Time (Season) rushing record?

            As it stands now Johnson has rushed for 1,396 yards with 5 games to go in the 2009 season. It'll be interesting to see if "Every Coaches Dream" holds true to his word or maybe his bark is just biggger than is bite!

            2,105 is very special and important NFL mark! Only one man can say he's rushed for that many yards in a season. He would also say he had a Damn good Rams offensive line.

            Hey Chris, KEEP DREAMING!

            TOP NFL RUSHING LEADERS

            1. Chris Johnson (TEN) 1,396 yards

            2. Steven Jackson (STL) 1,120 yards

            3. Adrian Peterson (MIN) 1,084 yards

            4. Thomas Jones (NYJ) 1,068 yards

            5. DeAngelo Williams (CAR) 1,022 yards

            6. Maurice Jones-Drew (JAC) 1,001 yards
            -12-06-2009, 01:48 AM
          • bongo59
            Chris Johnson is going to break MFaulks total yardage record.
            by bongo59
            It appears as if Faulk's record is in serious trouble. I think TN is going to feature Johnson Sunday. Looks like it could a long day for the Rams run D.
            -12-10-2009, 06:35 AM
          • rayzorram
            what to do you have to say about Chris Johnson falling short of Dickersons record!!!
            by rayzorram
            We may have lost Marshall Faulks season combined yardage record to CJ but at least as a proud Rams fan we still own the record set by Eric Dickerson!! Wish I could have seen him smoking his cigar as CJ can up short!!
            -01-08-2010, 05:23 PM
          • r8rh8rmike
            St. Louis Rams' Run Defense Will Get Severe Test
            by r8rh8rmike
            St. Louis Rams' run defense will get severe test
            BY JIM THOMAS
            ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
            12/12/2009

            Steven Jackson and Chris Johnson have mutual friends and bumped into each other a couple of times last offseason.

            "We actually were supposed to get together and work out this offseason," Jackson said.

            But Johnson is from Florida and Jackson's hometown is Las Vegas. They couldn't make the geography work.

            "We just couldn't match any dates up to be able to train together," Jackson said.

            Even minus those joint workouts, things have worked out pretty well for both running backs. Sore back and all, Jackson leads the NFC and is second in the NFL with 1,232 yards rushing. Johnson leads the AFC and the NFL with 1,509 yards rushing.

            So Sunday in Nashville, it'll be the league's No. 1 and No. 2 ground gainers going head to head when Jackson's Rams meet Johnson's Tennessee Titans.

            "I think there's a sense of pride," Jackson said. "But Chris is having an unbelievable year. He's having a year I can only dream to have one day."

            Johnson is on pace to become the sixth running back in NFL history to rush for 2,000 yards in a season. He has averaged 126 yards a game so far; if he averages 149 yards over the final four games, he'll equal the NFL's single-season rushing record of 2,105 yards, set by Eric Dickerson of the Los Angeles Rams in 1984.

            It will be up to the 28th-ranked Rams run defense to make sure Johnson doesn't run wild on them at LP Field. For most Rams defenders maybe all of them Johnson will be the fastest back they've ever faced.

            "No question," defensive tackle Clifton Ryan said. "It's in the books, for life, that he ran a 4.23, whatever it was."

            (Johnson ran the 40 in a sizzling 4.24 seconds at the NFL scouting combine.)

            "The guy's fast straight ahead," Ryan continued. "He's fast laterally. He's got great vision. A patient runner. He doesn't fumble the ball much. He's up there in that upper-echelon class with Steven Jackson, Adrian Peterson and himself those are the top three backs in the league. Each of them has their own great dimensions that they bring to the game."

            Obviously, speed is the X factor with Johnson. Any time Johnson breaks the line of scrimmage, he's a threat to go the distance. Before this season, no one in NFL history had more than three 85-yard touchdown runs in a career. Johnson already has three this season, with scoring runs of 91, 89 and 85 yards.

            "He's here for a minute, and he's gone the next," Tennessee quarterback Vince Young told St. Louis reporters. "That's just a God-given talent. Some guys either have it, or some guys don't. Obviously, you see that he has it."

            The Rams...
            -12-12-2009, 12:42 PM
          • dinero
            What's up w/ C Johnson?
            by dinero
            He had like 148 yards on KR against NYG, then no returns last week. Is he hurt or something?
            -10-17-2005, 05:20 PM
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