X factors for the Titans vs. the Bengals: Running back, D’Onta Foreman
Derrick Henry grabbed all of the headlines when it was announced that he was going to be healthy enough to return for the Tennessee Titans for their playoff run.
Henry is by far and unequivocally the best running back in the league. He’ll either truck smaller defenders out of the way or run right by them. Either way, Henry will get into the end zone one way or another.
While we can expect Henry to get back to his dominant self, D’Onta Foreman shouldn’t be forgotten. In Henry’s absence, he had some major performances. On three separate occasions, Foreman rushed for over 100 yards, including 132 against the Miami Dolphins.
Under normal circumstances, Foreman would likely be an afterthought but Henry hasn’t played an NFL game in nearly three months. Giving him the ball a million times often leads to success but can he handle his normal workload? The pressure shouldn’t be placed on his shoulders in his first game back, especially considering that the Cincinnati Bengals were the fifth-best run defense in the entire league.
If the Titans can give a few of those carries to Foreman, they can provide a nice 1-2 punch.