Johnson Keeps Running as Titans Rout Raiders 38-13

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Running back Chris Johnson extended his streak to 12 consecutive games with 100 yards or more rushing.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -** Another game, another great performance from Chris Johnson. Not that the NFL's Offensive Player of the Year is counting up his yards or latest records.

"Basically just going in and focusing on trying to get wins and doing my job,'' Johnson said. "And I feel like if I do my job and do my situation that in any game I can get over a 100. I'm really not going into any game right now thinking about any records, making sure I get over a 100 ... My main focus is winning.''

He's doing both for the Tennessee Titans to start a new season.

Johnson ran for 142 yards to stretch his streak to 12 straight games with 100 yards or more, and also ran for two touchdowns as the Tennessee Titans opened by routing the Oakland Raiders 38-13 on Sunday.

The sixth man to run for 2,000 yards in a season remembers too well last year's 0-6 start, but believes the Titans can pick up where they finished in winning eight of 10.

"That's momentum just carrying onto this year, and hopefully it can carry on throughout this year,'' Johnson said.

The Raiders had revamped their defense drafting linebacker Rolando McClain and end Lamarr Houston and signing John Henderson. But a unit that ranked 29th against the run in 2009 opened this season giving up 205 yards rushing. Vince Young ran for 30 yards and threw for 154 yards and two TDs, and Javon Ringer ran for the first TD of his NFL career.

McClain called Johnson a great running back.

"Everything as advertised. He came out and played good. We kind of shot ourselves in the foot on some of those runs, but you have to give the guy credit. He is a great running back,'' McClain said.

Oakland put eight and nine defenders near the line. The Titans stayed patient until Johnson broke loose in the second quarter as part of Tennessee's 24 straight points to take control of the game. He took off on a draw, broke through the line and outraced everyone to the end zone for a 76-yard TD. He celebrated over the final 10 yards on the fourth-longest run of his career.

"I knew everybody was waiting on it,'' Young said of Johnson's long TD. "Definitely I was waiting on it. ... Offensive coordinators and our coaches always preach just taking it one at a time, one play at a time ... 3 yards, 5 yards and then eventually CJ is going to do what he does.''

Tennessee's defense also did its part.

The Titans sacked Jason Campbell four times, forced two turnovers they turned into 10 points and batted down three passes. Chris Hope just missed the end zone on an interception. Three of the sacks came from offseason additions in linebacker Will Witherspoon, end Jason Babin and top draft pick Derrick Morgan.

Witherspoon provided an emotional spark with his sack coming right after Young had been stripped of the ball by Kamerion Wimbley in the first quarter. He rejoined the team late Saturday night after burying his mother, who died Tuesday at the age of 56.

By halftime, Tennessee led 24-6, and the Titans had outgained Oakland 264-106 on offense.

Campbell tossed a 7-yard TD pass to Darren McFadden in the fourth quarter for the Raiders, who finished with 286 offensive yards with production that looked good only on the stat sheet.

"I'm very disappointed in that this is one game we didn't perform the way we wanted to,'' Oakland coach Tom Cable said. "We felt like we (were) very hesitant, in all three phases particularly early in the game and never seemed to get out of it. ... We have got a ton to grow from.''

Campbell was trying to take advantage of the speedy Titans by changing up his cadence, but Oakland center Jared Veldheer was making his NFL debut in this game.

"We have a rookie center and we're going to keep working and continue to keep grinding and understand things,'' Campbell said.

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