A week after rushing for 182 yards in a 20-13 playoff win against the New England Patriots, Derrick Henry rushed for 195 yards in the Tennessee Titans’ 28-12 upset win against the Baltimore Ravens.
Henry, the NFL’s leading rusher, was once again the center of attention on Saturday night. After all, he was the key to the Titans’ win. Without Henry, the Titans likely don’t make it past the Patriots in the wild card round. And they certainly don’t make it past the Ravens in the divisional round.
The former Alabama running back obviously gives the Titans a punishing ground game that’s arguably the best in the NFL.
But there’s something else he gives Tennessee. Something they haven’t had in a long time.
If you followed social media during the game, you probably noticed plenty of national accounts gushing over Henry.
— Rich Eisen (@richeisen) January 12, 2020
I’m done talking about the Ravens, who cares. PMT has been a Derrick Henry podcast for 3 months now and these are the days it pays off
— Big Cat (@BarstoolBigCat) January 12, 2020
— The Checkdown (@thecheckdown) January 12, 2020
After barely a peep about Tennessee from the national media last week when they beat the Patriots, suddenly the Titans — specifically Derrick Henry — are the biggest topic in the NFL.
And for good reason — Henry is doing historically impressive things right now. As a result, the Titans are one game away from the Super Bowl.
Derrick Henry is the first player in NFL history with 180+ rushing yards in three straight games
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) January 12, 2020
Did I mention that Henry also threw a jump pass that resulted in a Corey Davis touchdown on Saturday night?
“AAAAND HE CAN PAAAASSSS!”
DERRICK HENRY JUMP-PASS TD, UNREAL 🔥
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 12, 2020
Titans fans have known for a while that Derrick Henry is a superstar. But now the rest of the country knows it as well.
I have a feeling the national media coverage surrounding the Titans is about to change in a major way.
And it’s about time.
Featured image via Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports