It's amazing what a 198-yard rushing day will do for an offense.
After struggling for weeks to find their running game, the Tennessee Titans now believe that what they were able to accomplish last Sunday against the St. Louis Rams in a 28-21 victory could somehow carry over and build throughout the remainder of the season.
“I think it helped us out a lot. It just gave us confidence as a whole because it allowed us to see if we do the right things and do the little things that was making us mess up certain plays, that we can have days like that,” said running back Chris Johnson, who had 150 yards and two scores on Sunday.
Johnson, who had not even had a 100-yard rushing game this season before last Sunday, says he thinks the Titans are capable of more such 100-yard days on the ground, starting with this Sunday's game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
“If we do the right things we're supposed to do, and run the ball from the first to the fourth quarter, I think I will have it,” Johnson said.
Confidence between CJ and the offensive line is the key, he said.
“I think it gave me momentum, and it gave this whole offense, as far as me and the offensive line, momentum and confidence,” he said. “Anytime you're playing with confidence an that swagger, it's pretty hard to stop somebody.”
The formula the Titans used last Sunday is one that Coach Mike Munchak said Tennessee has to employ in order to make a run at the playoffs. The Titans are 4-4 entering Sunday's game against the winless Jaguars and need to string together some victories in the second half of the season to separate themselves from a pack of teams in the AFC wild-card chase.
“We have to be able to run the football. If we run the football like that and control a game like that (we will be a contender) even though we didn’t do a lot of things well in certain parts of the game with the two turnovers. That’s our formula to win,” Munchak said. “If we can stay healthy and have the guys we have now…this is how we thought we’d win this season. We just need to get the offensive line healthy. That’s probably the main thing to get the right tackle (David Stewart) thing worked out.
“We just have to continue to get better like we are. If we can run the ball like that and control the line of scrimmage and get CJ (Chris Johnson) running like that, him and Shonn (Greene), it’ll open up a lot of things for us on the offensive side of the ball.”
Linebacker Moise Fokou (knee) did some running, but did not practice on Wednesday. Offensive tackle David Stewart and cornerback Tommie Campbell were both out with shoulder injuries.