The Titans were able to keep their playoff hopes alive on Thursday Night in a 30-9 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. This is the Titans’ fourth straight win over Jacksonville and puts Tennessee at 7-6 on the year. Tennessee needs to win out to have a realistic chance to make the playoffs and this win on a short week could go a long way for the team. The Titans were led by Derrick Henry on the ground who had a record-setting performance and scored all four of their touchdowns. This performance could be an indication of Henry starting to figure it out down the stretch.
Henry’s Big Night
Derrick Henry was struggling this year heading into the Week 14 game against the Jaguars. He had just 3.7 yards per carry and was being overshadowed by Dion Lewis. However, he made his presence known on Thursday night. Henry scored a touchdown on the first drive of the night and put the Titans up 7-0. After a big goal line stop by fellow Alabama alum Rashaan Evans, Henry had the play of his career. He took the handoff in his own endzone, made a cut towards the sideline, stiff-armed three Jaguars, and scored. This was only the second 99-yard touchdown run in NFL History. However, Henry wasn’t done.
In the third quarter, Henry tacked on his third touchdown from 16 yards out. Then, the cherry on top, a 54-yard touchdown run that put him over 200 yards and gave him four touchdowns on the night. Henry ended up breaking Chris Johnson’s franchise rushing record with 238 yards and kept the Titans playoff hopes alive.
The Titans were able to escape their stretch of three games in eleven days with a 2-1 record. Now, they have a week and a half to prepare for a game up at Metlife Stadium with the Giants. New York has been playing better football of late and were able to knock off the 8-4 Bears last week. The Titans have struggled away from Nissan Stadium going 2-5 in road or neutral site games. Tennessee needs to beat the Giants next Sunday in order to come home and have two games in Nashville to get to 10-6. This could be the most crucial game of the Titans’ December schedule.