When we look at the Wild card race in the AFC, there are still five teams fighting for one spot. Thursday night kept one teams’ chances alive, while another team is officially eliminated. The team still alive is the Tennessee Titans, thanks to RB Derrick Henry.
It was the 6-6 Tennessee Titans hosting the 4-8 Jacksonville Jaguars in an epic divisional game, where the Titans won 30-9. But the way the game went was shocking to all. I personally picked the Jaguars to beat the Titans and start a run of consecutive wins in our weekly NFL picks.
I shot myself in the foot with that one, and it showed from the opening minutes of the game, with only one thing going right for the Titans. That one thing was the running game, or the running back!
Tennessee Titans’ running back Derrick Henry had a game for the ages in their Thursday night showdown. He has had an up and down season with the Titans and hasn’t really had a big break out game yet. Until Thursday night, when he went off with 238 yards and four TDs on 17 carries.
That was his best game yet. Ironically, he did it on the weekend where a Heisman winner will be crowned! He is a former Heisman trophy winner himself, and it was games like this at Alabama that earned him that honor.
Derrick Henry Makes History
But he did more than just win the Heisman, he put himself in NFL and Titans history books.
Of his four touchdowns, two were 50 yards or more. For a 238 lb. running back not used to making big running plays, this will be a game he will always remember.
His four touchdowns went for three yards, 99 yards, 16 yards and 54 yards.
The 99 yard touchdown tied an NFL record for longest touchdown run, with Hall of Famer Tony Dorsett.
But that wasn’t the only place his name was written. With the 238 yards, he set a single game record for most yards by a Titans running back. The previous record was held by Chris Johnson at 228 yards.
Thursday night was clearly the best game of Henry’s young NFL career. As a fan of his, I hope it’s a sign of good things to come.
After his performance on Thursday, Henry has took his rushing yards total to 712 yards. He also nearly doubled his touchdown total, putting him at nine on the season! With three games left in the season, will Henry continue this pace and make himself a 1000 yard and 10 touchdowns back?
Did you watch what Henry did? Do you think he’ll be a 1000 yard rusher this season? How did you feel about benching him or not adding him for your fantasy playoff run? I know, it hurts me too!