Chris Johnson rushed for 153 yards and two touchdowns Sunday as the Tennessee Titans defeated the Buffalo Bills 23-17.
Johnson had two rushing touchdowns through the first 11 games but doubled that total within the first 17 minutes of the contest. His first was the 37th of his career and moved him past passed Steve McNair for third place on the franchise’s career list.
With the victory, the Titans (7-5) have won back-to-back games for the first time since they won three straight in Weeks 2-4. They remained two games behind Houston for first place in the AFC South, though. The Texans defeated to the Atlanta Falcons.
Buffalo (5-7) got a career-high 83 rushing yards and a touchdown from C.J. Spiller but lost its fifth straight and sixth in its last seven.
The Bills closed to within six on Ryan Fitzpatrick’s two-yard touchdown pass to Steve Johnson with 2:58 to play.
They got the ball back after a third-down stop on the first play after the two-minute warning. Without any timeouts, they got as far as their own 46 before Fitzpatrick spiked the ball and then threw three straight incomplete passes.
Johnson had nine carries for 106 yards and two touchdowns in the first half, which ended with the Titans on top 17-10. He put Tennessee in front 10-7 with a 48-yard run — his longest of the season — late in the first quarter and added a four-yard scoring run 7:02 later.
He has consecutive 100-yard games for the first time this season and has run for 486 yards in the last four contests.
Buffalo outgained Tennessee 379-317 for the game but committed two turnovers (the Titans had none).
Rookie linebacker Colin McCarthy forced and recovered a first-half fumble that led to Johnson’s second touchdown. McCarthy added a second fumble recovery on the Bills’ first play of the second half, and that one led to the second of Rob Bironas’ three field goals.