Tennessee Titans top areas of concern ahead of Week 2 versus Seahawks

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Derrick Henry #22, Tennessee Titans
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Tennessee Titans fans shouldn’t be discouraged by Derrick Henry.

The NFL’s best running back, Derrick Henry, clearly wasn’t himself this past Sunday as he rushed the ball 17 times for only 58 yards.  Much of it might have been due to an offensive line that played abysmally, but it was still head-scratching to see the two-time defending league-leading rusher be bottled up.

The thing is, if you expected Henry to do what he usually does, then you were in for a disappointment anyway. He is the kind of player who picks up the pace as the games and season go on, and even this past Sunday was an example of that.

And yes, he notched a 100-plus yard game in the 2020 season opener in Denver, but his yards-per-rush average was just over 3.7. While his 3.41 yards-per-rush average in the opener was a little worse, it just goes to show that, for Henry, history could merely just be repeating itself.

Henry will be fine. He’ll post several 100-yard games as we move forward and may even go for 200 once or twice, but it was never going to happen last game. He may not get rolling versus the Seahawks. While much of his performance hinges on whether or not the team around him adjusts, take comfort in knowing that Henry, again, will be fine and get better as the season continues.