The playoff picture
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It wasn't just the Rams' shaky run defense that led to Johnson's revival. After leaving yards on the field against a murder's row of tough defenses over the past month, Johnson made sharper cuts, plowed through arm tackles and showed vintage CJ2K form while notching his first two rushing touchdowns of the season.
If the two backs continue to run with the elusiveness and physicality they showed in Sunday's win, Tennessee will remain in the hunt for a playoff spot.
Here's what else we learned in Sunday's game:
- Zac Stacy was an obviousupgrade on Daryl Richardson before Sam Bradford's season-ending injury. Since then, he's become the focal point of the Rams' offense. The fifth-round rookie touched the ball on half of the Rams' snaps Sunday, churning out 178 yards from scrimmage while scoring the team's first two rushing touchdowns of the season. He's the rare back who makes defenders miss in tight spaces more so than in the open field.
- For the second consecutive game, Kellen Clemens kept his team competitive before ultimately coming up short with the game on the line. Contrary to low expectations, Clemens has not been an abject failure in relief of Bradford.
- With less than 10 minutes remaining in the game, not a single player from either team had managed to top 30 receiving yards. Neither of these teams is going to beat opponents through the air.