Johnson, Titans trounce Panthers 30-3

The result you were looking for on the road following the Bye Week has arrived.

Chris Johnson ran for a season-high 130 yards and a touchdown, and the Titans used a suffocating defense to contain Cam Newton in a 30-3 stomping of the Panthers on Sunday.

The Titans (5-4) sacked Newton five times and limited Carolina’s big-play aerial attack. Carolina (2-7) came in ranked fifth in the league on offense and first in plays of 20-plus yards, but the Titans corralled Newton to 209 yards passing and held Steve Smith’s, the NFC’s leading receiver, to 33 yards.

Johnson had 174 yards from scrimmage and topped the century mark for the first time since Week 4 at Cleveland.

Also, Marc Mariani returned a punt 79 yards for a touchdown, and Matt Hasselbeck tossed a 43-yard touchdown strike to Damian Williams, who finished with 107 yards receiving.

The Titans defense forced Carolina to six three and outs, and sustained five scoring drives that lasted at least six plays.

Overall, the offense generated balance with the ground game and put points on the board early and often.

Next: Sunday November 20 at Atlanta Falcons, 3:15 CT.


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