Dominant opener for Johnson

RYAN WOLSTAT, Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 12:13 AM ET

Chris Johnson has gotten better every season and Year 3 doesn’t appear to be any different.

Johnson, who compiled rushing seasons of 1,228 and 2006 yards to start his NFL career, rumbled for 142 yards and two touchdowns in a dominant opener to 2010 on Sunday.

Johnson helped lead the Tennessee Titans past the Oakland Raiders 38-13 by going over, through and around the opposition.

The highlight was a 76-yard bolt, the fourth-longest touchdown run of his career.

Johnson also convincingly upended his rival, Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson, for early bragging rights.

Johnson and Peterson, the 2008 rushing leader, had been engaged in a mild war of words over the past week about who was the superior player.

Peterson was held to 87 yards on 19 carries by the Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints on Thursday.

By comparison, Johnson carried 27 times Sunday against the woeful Raiders, who gave up an average of 155.5 yards rushing a season ago, so this debate is far from finished.

HURTIN’ TALES

The Philadelphia Eagles were battered, bruised and finally, beaten by the Green Bay Packers.

Starting quarterback Kevin Kolb, the heralded heir apparent to longtime Eagle Donovan McNabb, suffered a concussion in the first half and eventually had to sit down.

Kolb and middle linebacker Stewart Bradley each stayed in the locker room after the half due to their concussions. There is some question whether they should have been allowed to keep playing earlier, which they both did, since the NFL instructs teams to hold players out when they suffer concussions.

To make matters worse for the Eagles, starting fullback Leonard Weaver might be done for the season after suffering a torn ACL on a horrific mishap that left viewers and players alike reaching for the Pepto Bismol. Weaver’s knee bent in a way it is not supposed to.

Oh yeah, the Eagles lost 27-20 and centre Jamaal Jackson tore his biceps.

Quick hits

Tennessee fell behind Oakland 3-0 before running off 24 points in a row. The Titans went 8-for-15 on third downs against the poor Raiders defence ... Maybe JaMarcus Russell wasn’t the whole problem in Oakland. His replacement, Jason Campbell, was sacked four times ... The Giants lost tight end Kevin Boss with a concussion and a neck injury. The cart came out for Boss after Carolina safety Sherrod Martin’s helmet caught him in the head early in the game ... Matt Moore’s journey to Carolina’s starting quarterback job is an inspiring one, but it might be heading to a quick finish. Moore was just 14-for-33 and 182 passing yards in Carolina’s 31-18 loss to the Giants ... Mason Crosby set a record for the Green Bay Packers by kicking a 56-yard field goal on the final play of the first half.


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