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Derrick Henry Keeps Rolling, and the Titans Keep Winning


MINNEAPOLIS – Derrick Henry keeps rolling, and the Titans keep winning.

Henry, the NFL's leading rusher a year ago, turned in the 15th 100-yard game of his career on Sunday in the team's 31-30 come-from-behind win over the Vikings.

The Titans are now 15-0 in games when Henry goes for over 100.

"We trust in Arthur," Henry said of offensive coordinator Arthur Smith, "and we have to go out there and execute what is called."

Smith called 26 running plays for Henry on Sunday, and two of them produced touchdowns. Running back Darrynton Evans carried the ball three times for nine yards in his NFL debut.

In three games this season, Henry now has 319 yards, and he's ahead of his pace from his 1,540-yard season a year ago. Henry averaged 4.6 yards per carry on Sunday after averaging 3.6 yards over the first games.

One of Henry's touchdowns came on a dive over the top.

"I was just trying to get in the end zone -- I just made the decision to go up top, and get in," Henry said. "I do whatever I can to get it in there.

"(When we were down) we just have to answer. Go out there and answer back and give ourselves a chance. We pride ourselves in winning the fourth quarter, and we just wanted to give ourselves a chance. … I'm happy to be 3-0 and we have to keep the momentum going."

Titans guard Rodger Saffold said he was proud of the Titans for gutting out the win.

The Titans stuck with the run even after trailing 24-12 in the third quarter, and it led to long, point producing drives. The Titans also played the second half without starting left tackle Taylor Lewan, who left the game with an injury. Ty Sambrailo finished the contest in place of Lewan.

"This team is going to have ups and downs, no matter what side of the ball or which phase. But at the end of the day we just keep lifting each other up," Saffold said.

"I think that when we had our backs against the wall, it was like, all right, let's bite down on the mouthguard, let's pound this thing out. No matter what we're going to keep fighting."

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