NASHVILLE – Derrick Henry, like so many other Titans, knows this Bills defense very well.
Sure, there have been some changes in Buffalo over the years, but the Titans running back will be facing the Bills for the fifth year in a row on Monday night.
By now, he knows what he'll be getting in to.
"They are fast, physical, disruptive – it is always tough going against them," Henry said of the Bills. "It's the fifth year straight going against these guys, so we know it is going to be a physical game and we know it is going to be tough in the trenches. … You always look forward to a big challenge, especially a good defense like that.
"They have been good and consistent with the same guys for however long we have been playing them. It will be a challenge on Monday."
The Bills, of course, know Henry as well.
And they'll be geared up to stop him.
Henry has had success against the Bills in years past:
-In 2021, Henry ran for 143 yards and three touchdowns against the Bills, on 20 carries.
-In 2020, Henry ran for 57 yards and two touchdowns against the Bills, on 19 carries. The most memorable play of this game was his vicious stiff-arm of former Bills cornerback Josh Norman.
-In 2019, Henry ran for 78 yards and a touchdown against the Bills, on 20 carries.
-In 2018, Henry ran for 56 yards on 11 carries against the Bills, a 5.1-yard average.
Henry, who ran for 82 yards on 21 carries in the opener against the Giants, is looking for the Titans to get on track on Monday night – and in the win column.
Henry said on Friday he wasn't thrilled with his performance in the opener, and he wants to be better.
He felt like "there was a lot left on the bone," plays the running game could have gotten more out of.
"I felt like I could have played better – a lot of plays you want back," Henry said. "You just have to get over it and work on those things and work to improve during the week and not let it happen again.
"You just grow and let it help you and fuel you for the next game."