INDIANAPOLIS – Derrick Henry didn’t like the way he started.
It’s safe to assume everyone liked the way the Titans running back finished.
Henry fumbled on his first carry of the game on Sunday. But he shook it off and finished with 149 rushing yards and a touchdown for the Titans in the team’s 31-17 win over the Colts.
Henry scored on a 13-yard touchdown on a fourth-and-one in the third quarter, which sparked a second half comeback.
“I loved (the way we finished),” Henry said. “We played with resiliency in all phases and we believed in each other. And we knew we would make a big play at some point in the game. We knew it was going to be a physical matchup, and glad we were able to get the win.”
Henry has now produced three straight 100-yard rushing games for the Titans after racking up 188 yards and 159, respectively, in back-to-back wins over the Chiefs and Jaguars. He now has 1,140 yards and 11 rushing touchdowns on the season.
Henry is the fifth player in NFL history to record at least 145 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown in three consecutive games, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers Jim Brown (1958), Eric Dickerson (1984) and O.J. Simpson (1976), as well as Adrian Peterson (2012).
Henry kicked himself for his early game fumble, which set up an early field goal by the Titans.
“I have to take care of the ball – it can cost us,” Henry said. “I just had to let that go. I have to get better at it, but the game goes on and you have to go out there and make another play.”
The Titans now have four games left in the season.
Next up is a trip to Oakland to face the Raiders.
Chances are, the Titans will continue to ride Henry.
“We just have to take it one game at a time, and not get too high or too low,” Henry said. “We definitely can’t get too complacent. We just have to keep believing in each other and carry this momentum into next week.”
The Tennessee Titans take on the Indianapolis Colts in Week 13 of the 2019 season at Lucas Oil Stadium. (Photos: Donald Page)