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Titans RB Derrick Henry Aims to “Keep it Going” vs. Patriots

Posted Jan 10, 2018

Titans running back Derrick Henry racked up 156 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries against the Chiefs. His 6.8-yard average was a five-yard improvement from his previous start, when he managed just 1.8 yards per tote against the Jaguars. Next up: Patriots defense.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Running back Derrick Henry was a steamroller on Saturday, running through would-be tacklers and picking up steam while propelling the Titans to an upset win over Kansas City.

His mission this weekend will be the same against the Patriots.

“I am just trying to play better every week,” Henry said on Wednesday. “We get another chance to play against a great team, and in a good environment. I am just making sure I am doing all the right things this week so I’ll be ready on Saturday.”

In the team’s come-from-behind win over the Chiefs, Henry racked up 156 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries. His 6.8-yard average was a five-yard improvement from his previous start, when he managed just 1.8 yards per tote against the Jaguars.

Henry left Arrowhead Stadium fired up. He did a celebration tribute to former Titans running back Chris Johnson after is 35-yard scoring scamper, and he slapped hands with fans on the way off the field.

Henry, in his second NFL season, was asked on Wednesday how much fun he’s having.

“It’s my job,” Henry said in a matter-of-fact tone. “I am just going in there trying to win games. But it is always fun when you are playing football.”

Henry’s day against the Chiefs was a historic one.

In addition to his 156 rushing yards at Kansas City, Henry also contributed 35 yards on a pair of receptions. His 191 total scrimmage yards broke Billy Cannon’s 57-year-old franchise post­season record for a single game (178).

Henry racked up more than half of his rushing yards in the fourth quarter, carrying eight times for 85 yards, including a 35-yard touchdown run. His runs of 12 yards and 22 yards during the final drive helped the Titans cement the victory. Since the 1991 season, only two players have rushed for more yards in the fourth quarter of a playoff game than Henry.

Henry’s 390 fourth-quarter rushing yards during the regular season ranked second in the NFL behind Kansas City’s Kareem Hunt (474). No player averaged more yards per carry in the final stanza than Henry, who gained 6.09 yards per attempt (minimum 25 carries)

Henry said his work this offseason helped prepare him the latter stages of games.

Now, the Titans hope to sustain the success against the Patriots. New England finished the regular season ranked 20th in the NFL in rushing yards allowed per game (114.8), and 31st in rushing yards per carry (4.7).

“Just keep it going,” Henry said. “I just want to carry it on to the next game. We just have to do what we do, and go out there and make plays. The key is we have to finish drives, and get touchdowns.”