Titans keep playoff hopes alive by beating the Jaguars

Karen Christensen, Tennessee Titans Reporter

By Karen Christensen //@ksc47

Titans 30 – Jaguars 9

Thursday Night Football in Nashville was all about Titans’ running back Derrick Henry. Period.

At the beginning of the season, Henry had stated that he wanted to be known as a premiere back. He had not had a stellar season, with RB Dion Lewis getting more yardage and carries each game.

But Thursday night it was all about Henry and he did not disappoint.

I bet the Titans organization is extremely happy that no other team showed enough interest when they shopped Henry earlier this year.  Titans fans are certainly glad that we got to keep our King.

Here is a list of what Henry accomplished during this one NFL game:

  1. He broke the franchise record for most rushing yards in a game with 238 yards total. Running back Chris Johnson held the previous record with 228 yards in a game against the Jaguars in 2009.

     2. Henry had the second 99-yard touchdown run in the history of the NFL, the first one was by  Cowboy RB Tony Dorsett back in 1983.

     3. Henry had a total of four touchdowns this game. Per TitansOnline, he scored on runs of “three, sixteen, fifty-four and ninety-nine yards.” The Titans are now 7-6, trailing behind the Houston Texans (9-4) and tied with the Indianapolis Colts.

When Derrick was asked post-game if he was frustrated with his previous performances this year he answered, “Everybody has adversities in life, and I’ve had plenty of adversity in this sport. I just had to look myself in the mirror, be a man about it, and just overcome it. Continue to work, continue to get better. Continued to work on the things I need to get better at. “ Humble beast.

The Titans have a mini break, ten days off until their next game in New Jersey at MetLife Stadium to play the New York Giants. The team did have some injuries during the Jaguars game.  Tight end Jonnu Smith suffered an MCL injury, that will cause him to miss the rest of the year. 

Right tackle Jack Conklin will not be playing against the Giants after another knee injury. Wide receiver Tajae Sharpe had an ankle injury and linebacker Brian Orakpo left the game with an undisclosed injury. Quarterback Marcus Mariota is still dealing with a hand injury and played the game with tape on his injured throwing hand.

The Titans need to win their three remaining games against the Giants, Washington Redskins, and the Indianapolis Colts to make it to the playoffs. As of Sunday night, their chances of getting to the playoffs stand at 17.6% and they are the projected ninth seed for a wild card round.


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