Chris Johnson gained 58 yards on 25 carries in Sunday's 39-32 win over the Seahawks.
The Cardinals dominated time of possession due to their success through the air, which allowed Johnson to get plenty of carries, even though he found minimal room to run. Andre Ellington handled most of the passing-down work and actually finished as the team's leading rusher, breaking off a 48-yard touchdown to seal the game right around the two-minute warning. Johnson is still going to get most of the early-down work, but he may start to lose a few more snaps and touches to Ellington, plus there's always some chance he'll disappear from the offense if the Cardinals eventually find themselves facing a significant deficit. Johnson gets a middling Week 11 matchup with the Bengals.
Chris Johnson rumbled a season-high 30 times for 109 yards during Sunday's win in Cleveland.
Johnson has notched at least 100 yards rushing in four of the last six games, but among those performances, this was the first without a carry greater than 20 yards. Instead, he took advantage of the sheer volume afforded him, helping the Cardinals sustain an edge in time of possession after falling behind 20-7 with 4:56 remaining in the first half. On pace for over 1,300 yards, Johnson is certainly staking a claim as the surprise of the 2015 campaign, while snuffing out the value of both Andre Ellington and David Johnson.
Chris Johnson gained just 40 yards on 14 carries and another five yards on one reception in Sunday's game against the Steelers.
Despite earning the starting nod after racking up 347 yards from scrimmage over the last three weeks, Johnson was ineffective against a stout Pittsburgh front Sunday and saw his touches limited once Arizona fell behind. Still, C.J. had the clear advantage in touches out of the Cards' backfield, as Andre Ellington and David Johnson had received just seven combined. It is unclear how the backfield workload will be divided in the long run, but it appears that at least for now, Johnson is the main man. He will try to rebound in Week 7, as the Ravens come to town.
Running back Chris Chris Johnson is listed as the Cardinals' No. 1 running back in advance of Sunday's game at Pittsburgh, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.
Since taking over for Andre Ellington in Week 1, Johnson has racked up 405 yards on the ground, which places him in a tie with Doug Martin and Devonta Freeman for second in the NFL. Ellington returned from his sprained PCL on Sunday, taking advantage of his three carries by ripping off a 63-yard touchdown run.
No matter, Johnson's performance has resulted in the top gig in the league's third-ranked rushing attack, a role that's afforded him more than 20 touches twice and more than 16 per contest this season.
Cardinals running back Chris Johnson had 11 carries for 103 yards in Sunday's 42-17 win at Detroit. He did not score a touchdown, and wasn't targeted in the passing game.
Johnson had several big runs, including a 40-yard scamper in the first half that he nearly scored on. He likely would have had a much bigger game if not for the lopsided score, and the fact that rookie David Johnson vultured two short touchdowns. After struggling over the first two games of the season, the veteran Johnson has been fantastic in the last three, averaging better than six yards per carry. He appears to look as quick and fast as he did in his prime, which is surprising, especially considering he looked mediocre with the Jets in 2014. Meanwhile, Andre Ellington (knee) returned from a three-game absence and had only three carries, not seeing his first touch until the second quarter, although he did rip off a 63-yard touchdown run in the fourth period. Ellington is likely to see more work in the near future, but coach Bruce Arians has been happy with Chris Johnson , and should continue to use him a lot. In Week 6, the Cardinals will play the Steelers at Heinz Field.
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