I love that in today’s NFL of superhero Quarterbacks, grown man football still exists. Derrick Henry is a GROWN MAN. And the Tennessee Titans are showing against all the metrics and analytics, smashmouth football is still all about attitude and dedication.
In two short weeks the Titans have taken down the twelve win reigning Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots, and now the superhuman Alien Lamar Jackson and number one seeded Baltimore Ravens. They defeated the Ravens even while conceding over 500 total yards to the game breaking LJ. It’s time for us to take the
Oilers…eh Titans serious. Simply put Derrick Henry is invoking memories of the great Earl Cambell with each touch of the football. I stated in my pregame pick that this game would be decided at the line of scrimmage. After watching today’s game and seeing the OLinemen push the Ravens defenders back five and six yards with each snap, it played directly to that script. Henry ran downhill with reckless abandon to the tune of 195 yards 6.5 yards a carry and a jump touchdown throw. He essentially told Tannehill to take a nap after he had two great touchdown throws in the first half (Tannehill only ended the game with 88 passing yards). But after another victorious road win I don’t think anyone will hold his stat line against him.
Now with only one more mountain to climb before the prodigal son Ryan Tannehill’s triumphant return to Miami for Super Bowl LIV. The Titans will face off next week against either the juggernaut Kansas City Chiefs or JJ Watt inspired Houston Texans. I for one will stop betting against old school tactics, some things never stop working.