Titans and Derrick Henry dismantle Jaguars.
It’s redundant to keep talking about what this Tennessee Titans offense is doing with Derrick Henry.
Derrick Henry produced yet another dominant winter performance against the Jaguars, this time covering 215 yards on 26 carries and finding the end zone twice. He’s about as reliable as Santa Claus this time of the year.
But these types of games are becoming routine for Henry, which warrants more headlines, chatter, and praise surrounding the one-of-a-kind running back.
By racking up another 200 yards and 2 TDs on the ground yesterday, Henry has established himself in rarefied air. Prior to yesterday, he was tied with Jim Brown, LaDainian Tomlinson, and Barry Sanders with three such performances apiece. Henry now sits alone at the top.
While there may not be much to take away from the 9-4 Titans 21-point victory over the 1-12 Jaguars, don’t lose the forest for the trees here. There is a locomotive (or tractor) blazing through the history books.
A generational talent committed to surpassing his sky-high potential. An all-time great NFL running back.
And he wears two-tone blue.
So enjoy that, Titan fans. In the NFL’s most unique season, one in which the stands are nearly empty and the Titans offense carries the defense, the league’s unicorn keeps galloping and dragging this team as far as they’ll let him.
Football is indeed a team sport, however, and the Titans team certainly responded well from last week’s alarming loss to the Browns. After allowing the Jaguars to proverbially stick around for the first 26 minutes, the Titans leaned on great play-calling and execution from all three phases of the team. In the final 4 minutes of the half, they scored 10 points to go into halftime leading 17-3.
Much of the second half was rendered a formality, as Derrick and the Titans blew the game completely open in the third quarter, extending their lead to 31-3 on their first two offensive drives of the second half.
Kudos to the defense for responding well after struggling last week against Cleveland. While the Jaguars offense is far from potent, running back James Robinson was a non-factor and Malcolm Butler rendered DJ Chark a nonentity.
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Pass rush is still a concern and will continue to be, but the Titans were able to get off the field on third down (Jacksonville converted just 5 of 14 attempts) and gave the offense the opportunity to control the game.
After ripping into the defense and everyone associated with it last week, not even I will critique a group that held an opponent to 10 points.
Nor will I try and spin this article into a “it’s just Jacksonville” diatribe. This was an important win against a division opponent that keeps the Titans in pole position of the AFC South with three games left in the season.
While beating down a bad Jaguar team might not “tell” us much about these Titans, let’s acknowledge that the team took care of business at a point of the season where the margin for error is minimal.
Henry is the main attraction in Nashville, but the Titans playing complementary football will determine how many encores he’ll receive.