Chris Johnson scored his third rushing touchdown of the season. Matt York AP Photo

Chris Johnson evoked memories of his early years in the league with a dazzling touchdown run for the Arizona Cardinals in the first quarter of Monday night's game against the Baltimore Ravens.

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The 30-year-old Johnson capped off a three-play, 80-yard scoring drive with a 26-yard run on which he went through and around a string of Baltimore defenders for his third rushing TD of the season and 54th career.

Taking a handoff from Carson Palmer, Johnson cut back inside right tackle and spun out of a would-be tackle attempt by Ravens linebacker Elvis Dumervil.

The former 2,000-yard rusher then absorbed a shoulder to the chest from Brynden Trawick, maintained his balance and cut across field before racing to the left corner of the end zone to give the Cardinals an early 7-3 lead.

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