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Chris Johnson Is Human, Sort Of

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - On Sunday, the Pittsburgh Steelers defense, led by Troy Polamalu, did what no other team has done for the past 12 weeks - keep Tennessee's superstar running back Chris Johnson under the 100- yard bonus mark.

Johnson had posted 12 consecutive 100+ yard days dating back to October 11th, 2009 against the Indianapolis Colts. But on Sunday, the Pittsburgh defense held Johnson to just 34 yards on 16 carries.

The "sort of" connotation is because Johnson did break a long 85-yard run for a touchdown, but it was called back on a holding penalty by center Eugene Amano.

But fear not, Chris Johnson owners, you were not alone in your disappointment.

Matt Forte ran for just 29 yards and this week didn't catch the ball as he did in Week 1 (just five for 37 yards). Ricky Williams, Marion Barber, Jonathan Stewart and Jamaal Charles all ran for less than 50 yards. And Brandon Jackson, the target of a massive number of waiver claims this week, amassed just 29 yards on 11 carries, although he did get into the endzone once.

"Non-Passing" grades went to Chad Henne (9-for-15 for 114 yards, 1 TD), Joe Flacco (17-for-39 for 154 yards, 1 TD, 4 INTs), Derek Anderson (17-for-31 for 161 yards, 0 TDs, 2 INTs) and Brett Favre (22-for-36 for 225 yards, 0 TDs, 3 INTs).

Coming up small in fantasy receiving points were; Anquan Boldin, Greg Jennings and the Bengals duo of Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens.

Meanwhile, there were at least a dozen very good offensive performances headlined by Detroit Lions rookie running back Jahvid Best. Best did a better version of Forte's Week 1 performance. While Forte totaled 201 yards and two touchdowns in the opening week, Best posted 17 carries for 78 yards and two scores on the ground to go with nine receptions for 154 yards a score through the air for a league-leading 40 fantasy points.

Jason Snelling, in relief for the injured Michael Turner, was also pretty good, rushing 24 times for 129 yards and two scores while catching five passes for 57 yards and a third touchdown (35 points).

The Eagles duo of LeSean McCoy (30) and DeSean Jackson (19) posted plenty of points against the hapless Detroit defense, which seems to be a growing trend so be prepared to start everyone you can against the lowly Lions until they prove they can stop someone.

Adrian Peterson finally got the work he needed to produce fantasy points, but when the time came late in the fourth quarter to get the ball into the endzone for the win, he come up half a yard short. Still, while Vikings fans won't be happy, his fantasy owners collected 24 points (186 combines yards, 1 TD).

Despite the 374 yards posted by Tony Romo in the early games, passing honors went to Matt Schaub with 29 points after his thrilling overtime game against Washington (38-for-52 for 497 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT). He and favorite wide receiver Andre Johnson (12-158-1) helped ease the pain of their first week disappointment.

Behind Schaub was Jay Cutler (21-for-29 for 277 yards, 3 TDs), Aaron Rodgers (19-for-29 for 255 yards, 2 TD passes, one TD run) and Donovan McNabb (28- for-38 for 426 yards and one score).

Comments? Criticism? Applause? Contact Steve Schwarz at sschwarz@sportsnetwork.com.


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