Titans Running Game vs Vikings Run Defense
If anyone was looking for a big Derrick Henry game, this might be the first of many.
While Derrick Henry hasn’t played like El Tractorcito so far through two games of his 2020 campaign, Henry and the Titans offensive line might have a distinct advantage against the Vikings that could lead to Tennessee putting up some big numbers on the ground.
Even with Henry not playing at his best so far in the early season, the Tennessee offensive line has been holding their own through two games against two talented defensive fronts. And when they take the field on Sunday, they might have their easiest task so far of the season.
This Vikings defense, even while at their healthiest in Week 1, has struggled heavily in stopping the run– allowing over 150 rushing yards in each of their first two games, arguably to worse running backs than Henry, and finding themselves dead last in the NFL in run-stop Win Rate.
And in Week 3, Minnesota will be without one of their best defensive players in Linebacker Anthony Barr. They’ll be without one of Barr’s potential replacements, rookie linebacker Troy Dye, and they will once again be missing star defensive end Danielle Hunter, who has been on the injured reserve since Sept. 10.
We’ve seen Henry carve through soft defenses with poor tacklers, and Week 3 has the chance to be another example in Henry’s impressive history.