Hey guys, I don't often start threads but I want to raise an idea here and I want to get a feel of what the expectations are among our membership. First, and I HATE to say it, but up until last week Chris Johnson has been a BUM. Sorry, but it's true. 9 games in the books and he's yet to eclipse the 500 yard mark. Say what you want about our offensive line. Nobody paid them a billion dollars. How many games has Johnson pushed past the 100 yard mark anyway? Two? Cleveland gives up 142.8 yards rushing per game. That's 30th in the league. Does anyone see how 101 yards against the Browns is under-performing? I know backs split carries, but Mr. Mega Stud Every Coach's Dream should at least meet or exceed the league average against a 4th place team, I don't care how well they defend the pass or how tough their division is. (They do have a good pass defense and nobody will argue the AFC North isn't tough this year) Anyways, I'm sickened that all we've basically seen out of Johnson is a helmet full of bad teeth, unkempt hair and suck. Seriously, the game last week, first half alone was... I don't want to be too hard on Johnson because he had a better 2nd half, but Johnson didn't do TOO much to impress me and he really just capitalized on a bad team throwing in the towel. The 2nd half doesn't nullify the first. Just my opinion, but I think everyone can agree that consistency is a desirable trait in a franchise "playmaker" type of back. Which brings me to the present. In this matchup, we are a CLEAR underdog. The Falcons may be 5-4, just as our team is, but they are way better of a team in almost every statistical category. Somehow, our pass defense is ranked better and maybe that's because of #31. I'd like to see Scrapper make a Pro Bowl this year, but that's another discussion. You guys know better than anyone we have some weaknesses, which is funny because sometimes it's those perceived weaknesses that produce big plays. It's big plays that will be the difference because Matty Ice isn't a freakin' dope. He's a real big league guy with a bunch of weapons. If our defense can do enough, we are going to NEED Chris Johnson to be our rain maker. We are in a position where we need to be a run first, open up the pass kind of strategy. Chris Johnson needs to be a factor back or the Titans will not win. Atlanta is too good to rely on them making mistakes. We are going to have to play big boy ball and win our way. If Johnson can't come in Sunday, on the momentum of last week and put up an all pro performance he's just a damn bum who isn't worthy of his contract. If Johnson hits the home run, punishes the Falcons, opens up the playbook for Hasselbeck and the receivers and get himself 100+ and a TD run of any appreciable distance and the Titans win, he is what he says he is and it goes without saying he wins my respect and appreciation back. But all of that is yet to be seen. So what do you think?