NASHVILLE – The Titans are rolling, and the nation is taking notes.
Peter King of Football Morning in America on NBCSports.com spoke with Titans running back Derrick Henry after the team's win at Baltimore. With Henry leading the way, King thinks the Titans are a serious contender for Super Bowl LIV.
This Sunday, the Titans face the Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game at Arrowhead Stadium.
"I absolutely think the Titans have a chance, but all they have to do is watch tape of Kansas City falling behind by 24 against Houston to see how fast the Chiefs changed the game," King said. "Tennessee can't afford many mistakes Sunday at Arrowhead."
The Titans beat the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots in the Wild Card round of the playoffs before knocking off the AFC's top-seeded team, the Ravens, in the Divisional Round.
Meanwhile, the Chiefs rallied from a 24-0 deficit this past Sunday to knock off the Texans, 51-31.
"It's amazing that, here we are, forecasting the conference title games, and the biggest issue revolves around whether anyone in football can stop the running back on the team that entered the postseason thought to be 12th out of 12 playoff teams," King said of Henry, who led the NFL in rushing in 2019 with 1,540 yards and has 377 yards in two postseason games in 2019.
"(Derrick) Henry is now the most compelling single figure in the final four of the 2019 season. Weren't we entering an era of interchangeable running backs, backs that couldn't and shouldn't dominate games? Nobody told Henry."
In speaking with Henry, King said he left impressed with the big running back's mindset, and approach.
The Titans return to the practice field on Wednesday to continue preparations for the Chiefs.
Henry ran for 188 yards and two touchdowns in a Week 10 meeting vs. Kansas City. The Chiefs finished the regular season ranked 17th overall on defense, but just 26th vs the run and 29th in rushing average, allowing 4.9 yards per rushing attempt.
"Henry is almost disdainful of his accomplishments," King said. "Every time he's asked about these unprecedented achievements, he'll stage a diversion. I got to him 75 minutes after Saturday night's game, and his response was almost diffident.
'Man, I don't care (about) stats," King continued, quoting Henry. "We won. We won. We advanced. That's what I care about.'
"Not many players in football, at any position, can be unstoppable when you know exactly what's coming. But in the last three weeks, Houston, New England and Baltimore, all playing at home, have been powerless to stop Henry."
Derrick Henry and Marcus Mariota led Tennessee back from a 21-3 deficit to defeat the Chiefs 22-21 in an AFC Wild Card game on Jan. 6, 2018 at Arrowhead Stadium.