Titans Lean on RB Derrick Henry, and the Big Back Delivers in Win Over Chiefs


NASHVILLE – Derrick Henry had a feeling the Titans might lean on him on Sunday.

After the team's 35-32 win over the Chiefs, the Titans running back was glad they did.

It's safe to say he's not the only one.

"I knew this would be game where we would have to control the tempo, and the ball because they can score so fast -- they have so many weapons," Henry said after his 188-yard rushing performance. "I felt like as long as we can control the ball and move the line of scrimmage and have efficient runs and continue being physical, with me just doing my job, I felt like we had a great chance to win this game.

"I felt like the o-line, tight ends, the receivers did a great job blocking and I just had to go out there and do my job."

Henry did his job.

Henry ran for 188 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries as the Titans came from behind to beat the Chiefs. Henry finished with the second-most rushing yards in a game in his career, behind only his 238-yard game against the Jaguars last December.

Henry's 68-yard touchdown run was the fourth longest of his career. He added a one-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.

"Once I saw the whole defense overflow," Henry said of his 68-yard run, "I cut back and saw the seam, and my eyes got big. I broke the tackle and the rest is history – it was six."

Ten games into the season, Henry now has 832 yards and eight touchdowns, on 187 carries.

Even when the Titans fell down nine points in the fourth quarter, the Titans stuck with the run, and Henry. The 23 carries were the fourth most of his four-year NFL career.

"I think that's the willingness between us as an offense beating the man across from you and just being physical," Henry said. "Like I said, credit to those guys up front that do all the dirty work."

The Tennessee Titans take on the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 10 of the 2019 season at Nissan Stadium. (Photos: Donald Page)

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