CHARLOTTE, NC - AUGUST 28: Runningback Chris Johnson #28 of the Tennessee Titans walks on the sidelines before the start of their preseason game against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on August 28, 2010 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Mary Ann Chastain/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Chris Johnson
The NFL record for most rushing yards in a season belongs to Eric Dickerson, who ran for 2,105 yards in 1984.
When the Oakland Raiders take the field Sunday, they'll face a guy who swears he's taking that record -- at the Raiders' expense.
Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson has publicly pronounced his conviction that he will run for 2,500 yards this NFL season, shattering the all-time record by nearly 400 yards. "The goal is 2,500 so I am going to stick to that. I feel like it is very realistic," Johnson told the Tennessean. "People didn't think 2,000 was realistic when I set the goal last year and I made a lot of people believers, so I am going to stick to that."
Yes, Johnson did rush for more than 2,000 yards last season. And he was the consensus No. 1 pick in nearly Yahoo! fantasy football league. It is frankly kind of possible that Chris Johnson could break the 26-year-old single-season rushing record.
But this would require a gaudy 156.3-yard-per-game average, and the first of these would come against the Oakland Raiders.
It would not be just a loss of pride for Raider Nation if Johnson did, in fact, roll up more than 100 yards rushing on the Raiders. If Johnson hits the hundred mark, he'll bust down a Raider in the record books.
Johnson is tied with Marcus Allen for second-longest streak of 100-yard rushing games, each with 12 games in a row in which they hit the century mark. Marcus Allen did it back in 1985-86, Johnson's streak is active right now. He would pass Allen for sole possession of second place with 100 yards or more on Sunday.
This will be the first time Johnson has faced the Raiders in a regular season game.
Joe Kukura is a freelance writer who doesn't actually mind so much when Los Angeles Raiders get their records broken.