If the Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry runs for 100 yards against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night, the former Alabama-American will tie the NFL record held by Barry Sanders.
And that could push the Titans’ ticket to the playoffs.
Entering the competition at Lambo Field, Henry has run for at least 100 yards in each of Tennessee’s last nine road games. Sanders holds the NFL record for consecutive road games with 100 rushing yards in 10 carries.
Sanders also holds the NFL record for 100-yard rushing games with 19 in December. Henry has included eight 100-yard rushing games in his 12th month, including seven of his previous December 11 starts.
Tennessee has won eight of those games. Only one NFL player has produced a 100-yard rushing game without losing his team in December – Edgarine James, who in the 12th month set a 17–0 record in 100-yard games.
If the Titans defeated Green Bay, Tennessee would secure a playoff berth with one week remaining in the regular season.
In his last nine road games, Henry has run for 1,268 yards and 14 touchdowns on 230 carries. Henry’s road stats do not include last season’s playoff when he ran for 446 yards and two touchdowns on 83 carries in three away games.
Packers coach Matt LaFleur served as Tennessee’s offensive coordinator in 2018, Henry’s first season as an NFL starter.
“He is an animal,” Lafelur said of Henry. “And you can see it. He is playing with great confidence. You can see all 11 people, they are very efficient on offense, both in the run game and the pass game. Obviously, when you have a man of the caliber of Derrick Henry, a big man who is very, very fast, it sets everything up for you. They know that everyone is going to come every week to try to stop the race and no one can do it. “
Entering Week 16 of the NFL season, the Titans have scored more points than any team in the league with 436. The Packers have scored only two low scores. Sunday night games are the first week in NFL history with 16 or later in a season with an average of at least 30 points between teams.
For Packers defensive coordinator Mike Pettin, the reason for the Titans’ offensive success is no secret. This is Henry.
“To me, this is what makes this crime so difficult to save,” Pettin said. “You consider it one dimensional, and it’s not really because it starts with the run, and then the run opens up everything. Play-passes, just some wide-open looks they are able to achieve and It’s just a credit to how well they run the football. If you’re not locking in and flying downhill and reacting to these run looks, you’re going to gass in the run game, that’s why you Looks so wide open or just real profitable, which looks coverage-wise for crime …
“The tape does not lie. This is a special year of career, so it is a big challenge for us. Our people look forward to it. This is December football in Lembo. I think it is a night game and national TV, everything is uprooted. “
The Titans and Packers are scheduled to kick off at 7:20 pm CST Sunday at Lembo Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin. NBC will reduce the game.
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The weather forecast calls for a temperature of 29 degrees with snow at kickoff on Sunday night’s “Frozen Tundra”.
“This is football,” Henry said. Climate changes during the year. Just go out there and play. No matter what the weather, you had to go play a game. To go there and do your work, so whatever the weather, you have to play football. “
For the season, Henry has 1,679 yards and 15 touchdowns in 321 rushing attempts. Dalvin Cook, who finished second in the race for the 2020 race, has a lead of 122 yards and the Minnesota Vikings have only one regular season game remaining. Henry led the NFL with 1,540 yards last season. LaDainian Tomlinson is the most recent player to lead the NFL in consecutive seasons in 2006 and 2007.
Last week, with 147 takedowns in a 46-25 win over the Detroit Lions, Henry placed former Auburn standout William Andrews on the third-place list of single-season races for NFL players from Alabama high schools and colleges. Andrews ran for 1,567 yards in 1983 for the Atlanta Falcons.
The only state player ahead of Henry is another former Alabama standout – Sean Alexander, who had 1,880 rushing yards in 2005 and 1,696 for the Seattle Seahawks in 2004.
Mark Inabinett is a sports reporter for the Alabama Media Group. Follow her on twitter @ AMarkG1.
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