Larry Johnson has not exactly been the Larry Johnson that fans of the Chiefs have come to expect so far in 2007, but heading into Sunday’s game vs the Vikings, the former Penn State back said he’s ready to go and get on track this season. “I’m definitely back to where I should be (physically),” Johnson said. “The Chicago game is where I really wanted to pick it up. I know I only got 16 carries, but I was still ready to roll (in the fourth quarter). I was still fresh. I could’ve kept going and going. But because of the point (differential), I had to pass.”
Johnson has told coach Herm Edwards he wants 40 carries this week. Against a tough Vikings defense, that might be a bit much, but trying to get the Chiefs offense on track should be the thing that Johnson and KC should strive to do most. No matter what it takes. So far the Chiefs have been held to just 13 points in going 0-2, and a loss to the 1-1 Vikings in their home opener could point the way to what could quickly become a lost season. You can bet that Johnson will do whatever he can to make sure that doesn’t happen.
Opening day at Houston L.J. had 10 carries and the team lost badly. Last week in Chicago vs the defending NFC Champs, Johnson rushed the ball 16 times, but the offense was still off track and they lost 20-10. Part of the issue also is the poor play of quarterback Damon Huard, who despite two bad games will remain under center Sunday vs the Vikings. Look for Johnson though, no matter what the circumstances, to be the key part of a game plan that will try to grind out yards anyway they can to avoid being winless by the end of Sunday afternoon.