Derrick Henry Named AFC Offensive Player of the Week
Derrick Henry, after a return to form in Week 2, has been named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week by the NFL. Henry gashed the Seahawks defense for 182 yards and three touchdowns on 35 carries in an overtime win Sunday. The Titans, in need of a win to get its season back on track, relied heavily on the hot hand of Henry, who delivered in crunch time.
Despite rushing for just 35 yards in the first half, Henry came out of the halftime break ready to impose his will. The fifth-year back picked up 147 of his total yards in the second half and added three crucial touchdowns, helping Tennessee secure the comeback win.
In helping his team secure a win Sunday, Henry also further solidified his position among elite company. The Yulee, Florida, native has now rushed for at least 150 yards and two touchdowns 10 times in his young career, passing Barry Sanders, Emmitt Smith, and Eric Dickerson and moving into third place on that list.
Henry and the Titans, through two weeks, have not played up to the high level of preseason hype, but with a seemingly easy stretch of the Colts, Jets and Jaguars ahead of them, Tennessee could be in a great spot heading into their week six matchup with Buffalo.
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Despite a tough week one performance putting a consecutive 2,000 yard season for Henry in question, the big-bodied back's ability to outright dominate in some games means that performances like Sundays are never out of the question.
If Henry can continue to string together monster performances like he did in Seattle, this is a Titans team that will be extremely tough to beat this season.