Titans' Henry looks to build on postseason debut against Patriots

Ross Houston
January 13, 2018

"I'm used to it now", Ryan said about returning home. "They got a bye week, so they're probably feeling really confident". Let the man do what he does better than anybody, ever...win playoff games.

The biggest surprise of Wild-Card Weekend was sixth-seeded Tennessee (10-7 SU, 9-7-1 ATS) as an 8.5-point underdog going to AFC West champion Kansas City and winning 22-21 despite trailing 21-3 midway through the third quarter. "We're hopeful to get that accomplished". "That's fine", he said. And since we haven't gotten a look at this year's playoff Pats, the talk surrounding New England is strictly focused on the aforementioned story which alleges an encroaching breakup. So it's easy for people to overlook us. "I'm glad we earned the chance to be here to do it, and now we just have to go take care of business". That would require quarterback Marcus Mariota throwing another touchdown pass to himself, Rob Gronkowski leaving the game hallway through like Travis Kelce (concussion) did, and Bill Belichick forgetting how effective Dion Lewis is a la Andy Reid and Matt Nagy did with Kareem Hunt.

Keep in mind: Brady is 6-1 for his career against the Titans, having captured six consecutive victories.

Harrison may be a big factor in not only helping the Patriots' run defense against Derrick Henry, but with containing Titans elusive QB Marcus Mariota.

New England quarterback Tom Brady, the NFL's all-time postseason leader in career attempts, completions, passing yards and passing touchdowns, will be making his 35th career playoff start. Henry's ascension to workhorse back has been, but now that he's here, some around him believe we're about to see his limitless ceiling. That's what made the 2015 Heisman Trophy victor calling his performance "kind of soft" in Tennessee's regular-season finale stand out. You've just got to come in, prepare hard, keep the level up.


"(Bill Belichick and his staff) coach pretty hard anyway, so it's pretty normal for me", Gilmore added.

HEISMAN BROTHERS: Mariota, the 2014 Heisman victor, and Derrick Henry, the 2015 Heisman victor, combined to turn in the best rushing performance in franchise history in the wild-card round. Heisman Trophy Winner Derrick Henry rushed for 156 yards and averaged 6.8 yards per carry at Arrowhead Stadium. That's because the Tennessee Titans have shown flashes on both sides of the football this season but not necessarily in the same game.

The Titans have some advantages against an underwhelming Patriots front seven.

After days spent issuing joint statements and then he and Tom Brady making the rounds doing radio interviews to discredit and deny the contents of the January 5 story from ESPN detailing the supposed "internal power struggle in New England", Belichick declared he and his team were "all in" preparing for the Titans. That's more such players than the 11 other 2017 playoff teams combined (13).

BELICHICK and LEBEAU: There aren't too many current National Football League coaches that have been around the game longer than Belichick and Titans defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau.


The Titans, under LeBeau this season, tied for fifth with 43 sacks.

The respect between the two is mutual.

While Belichick may believe that, the rest of the world is a bit more dubious.

"Henry has got a ton of skill, and he's got power, good vision", Belichick said.


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