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Titans' opener a sign of good things ahead

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

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Tennessee running back Chris Johnson turns the corner for a first down against the Raiders in the third quarter. Johnson finished with 142 yards on 27 carries in the contest.
(T-G Photo by Jimmy Jones)
I know it's just one game into a long 16-game regular season but if the Tennessee Titans' blowout win over Oakland on Sunday is any indication, it might be an exciting year.

We all remember the dismal 0-6 start Tennessee posted last year before turning it around to close out the season by winning eight of its last 10 games.

It was huge for Tennessee to win the first game of the season and finally put last year's horrible start to rest for good.

There was definitely an upbeat feeling after the game in the Titans' locker room as well as among fans leaving the stadium.

"It's always good to get that first win," Titan All-Pro running back Chris Johnson said. "Last year, we started off with a loss and went 0-6. Basically, we're just trying to start off fast and have a good year."

Titan quarterback Vince Young also knew the importance of a quick start.

''That's one of the biggest games of the season, getting that first win in the first week,'' Young said. ''We did a great job executing the plays today. Our defense did a phenomenal job putting a lot of pressure on them.''

Young's performance behind center played huge in Tennessee's win. He turned in a fine game, completing 13-of-17 passes for 154 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He also rushed for 30 yards on seven carries.

It was the ninth time in Young's career he completed two or more touchdown passes in a game. The Titans are now 8-1 when he accomplishes that feat.

His 142.8 passing rating against the Raiders is the highest of his career.

Johnson continues to run

Johnson, the NFL's Offensive Player of the Year, extended his streak to 12 consecutive 100-yard games and is now second to only Barry Sanders, who had 14 consecutive 100-yard games.

With his effort against the Raiders, Johnson went over 4,000 scrimmage yards in his career. He reached the mark in 32 career games, putting him in a tie with Billy Simms for the fourth-quickest to do so. The only faster players to 4,000 scrimmage yards were Eric Dickerson (30), Edgerrin James (30) and Clinton Portis (31).

I'm not sure if Johnson will be able to ever rush for 2,500 yards in a season like he said he would like to but there's always a chance, especially since it looks like he not going to come out of the game, even with a commanding lead late in the game.

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