Why Titans’ Derrick Henry still has realistic shot at 2,000 yards

Shaun Calderon
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If running back Derrick Henry realistically gets to within reach of 2,000 rushing yards, the Tennessee Titans absolutely have to let him chase it.

Heading into the final week of the season, the Titans’ superstar running back is only 223 yards away from becoming the eighth member of the elusive 2,000-yard club.

That amount of rushing yards seems like a steep hill to climb with one week to go, but if there is one running back who can make that happen, it is King Henry.

The Titans’ superstar running back has topped the 200-yard mark a total of four times in his young career, and he has scored at least two touchdowns each time, which happens to be an NFL record.

The Alabama product’s single-game high is 238 yards, so he’s rushed for more than the 223 he needs before, and, most importantly, Henry has rushed for over 200 yards in each of his past two meetings with Houston.

In the Titans’ 2019 Week 17 finale versus the Texans, Henry rushed for 211 yards and 3 touchdowns on 32 carries. More recently, he torched the Texans’ defense in the Week 6 matchup when we he went for 212 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries. One of those scores went for 94 yards, also.

If Henry is able to replicate those performances against the second-worst run defense in the NFL, the Titans will not only be AFC South champions, but they will have grabbed a massive confidence boost heading into the playoffs.

Obviously a team win is the most important thing to achieve on Sunday, and whatever game the Titans have to play in order to ensure they end the day as division champions is what they must do.

However, this offense desperately needs to get rolling again so they can have some sort of momentum heading into the playoffs, especially after last Sunday night’s debacle in the snow.

Of course, King Henry can play a major role in doing just that, 2,000 yards or not.

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