Derrick Henry ran over the Chiefs in the regular season, rematch looms

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When the Titans beat the Chiefs in the regular season, Derrick Henry led the way. If the Titans are going to upset the Chiefs again on Sunday in the AFC Championship Game, they’ll be counting on Henry to get the job done again.

Henry carried 23 times for 188 yards and two touchdowns when the Titans beat the Chiefs in the regular season, and the Titans rode him all day. In addition to a spectacular 68-yard touchdown run, Henry ran for 10 first downs in the game. Henry only got stuffed for no yardage once.

The Chiefs’ most glaring weakness all season was their run defense. In most games, that didn’t matter all that much because the Chiefs’ offense was good enough to put them in the lead, and opposing teams had to pass to try to catch up.

The Titans, however, didn’t stop giving the ball to Henry even when they fell behind 10-0 in the regular season, and it’s a safe bet that they won’t stop going to Henry in the AFC Championship Game. They’ll try to attack the Chiefs’ defense by going to Henry over and over again, and given the softness of the Chiefs’ defense against the run, it might just work.

The Chiefs are justifiably favored, but the Titans’ experience in the regular season shows they have a path to victory. When Henry is running the ball effectively, the game is going the way the Titans want.

84 responses to “Derrick Henry ran over the Chiefs in the regular season, rematch looms

  1. I am ready for some football!!! Never saw my guys getting this far when you go back to early in the season prior to the QB switch.

    It is a treat for this fan to be this interested in football this late in January after over 30 years of cheering for the Oilers/Titans.

  2. I’m happy there is a new set of teams going to the playoffs for a change. The old guard went rancid and the pretenders from Houston and Baltimore got what they deserved.

  3. Problem is the Chiefs team that Tennessee will face this weekend is playing much, much better than the one they faced in the regular season. The defense is much better and the offense is looking like they did last season.

    The Titans can ride Henry all day, but if the Chiefs offense plays like they did against the Texans (first quarter notwithstanding), Tennessee will not likely be able to keep up.

    Gonna be a good game either way. GO CHIEFS!!

  4. If KC can’t at least slow down Henry, they could be in for a long game.
    Titans need to stick with what got them there.
    Don’t make the same mistakes as the team that faced the Rams in the SB 20 years ago.
    Stay with run and pass only when you have to.

  5. Neither of the titans playoff wins have gone as experts expected them too. I personally think this comes down to Vrabel vs Reid. Who can come up with the game plan to slow down what the other team is doing very well. Can Tennessee slow down mahomes. Can kc make Henry look mortal. The one edge I see is if kc can limit Henry…Tannehill is very capable of delivering in the passing game. The guy has been nails. Tennessee has a more multi dimensional offense than kc who has a pedestrian running game. Looking forward to this one

  6. Titans go as Henry goes. The single most dominant player in the playoffs so far.

    Yet the Titans will let him walk in FA while they give Tannehill a long term mega deal because they feel they’ve found their franchise QB. LOL!!

  7. Chiefs defense versus Titans offense is not the key to this game. Especially after what we saw the Chiefs do to the Texans last week, discussions should be around the Titans defense versus the Chiefs offense.

    That said, I do want to see Henry run for 180+ yards again – and again.

  8. Regardless of who wins, both teams have achieved what could have been a different outcome had the teams not rallied behind their QB’s. The Titans switched to someone that almost everyone thought was a draft bust and the Chiefs played games without their “star”. Moore did his job and kept his team competitive while Mahommes was recovering.

    Excellent coaching and tremendous team chemistry by all.

    I hope this game is a back and forth event and that the officials stay out of the way and let the game be settled by the best team on this day.

    Go Titans! Go Chiefs! May the best team win!

  9. I dont remember how many yards he had in the playoff game against KC couple of years ago,but he punished em,and KC was one and done.They better stop him if they dont,just like the Ravens and Pat’s,KC offense wont be on the field very much.

  10. “I personally think this comes down to Vrabel vs Reid”

    Vrabel’s turning out to be a great coach. And it wouldn’t surprise me if he go on the phone to Belichick for some insight into KC

  11. Why would he need to call Belichik for insight. Geez.
    Dont expect Henry to have the same success as the last two times. This is the year KC goes all the way

  12. Titans run away with this one, easily. Houston lost their nerve last week and let KC back in the game. Henry will crush the Chiefs weak defense and this will be a laugher.

  13. tylawspick6 says:
    January 14, 2020 at 7:49 pm
    without chris jones, anothef chiefs chokejob looms

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    Chris Jones was inactive against the Texans.

  14. Nice to see some smash mouth football instead of the constant aerial attacks! Should be a great game, but I think the Titans outmuscle the Chiefs.

  15. Is it possible the Chiefs will do what teams against the Chiefs do? The Chiefs will need to own the Time Of Possession and score on the first couple of drives. Limit Henry and force Tannehill to beat them passing. Get Tannehill in a shootout with Mahomes.

  16. PrimeTime says:
    January 14, 2020 at 7:48 pm
    Why would he need to call Belichik for insight. Geez.
    Dont expect Henry to have the same success as the last two times. This is the year KC goes all the way

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    umm, because NE has hands down had the best success of any afc team in dismantling their high powered offense, pitching shutouts for entire halves.

    have you watched the nfl over the past 35 years, watching bb defenses set blueprints?

    if baltimore actually was not so arrogant and followed bb’s gameplan vs tenn, maybe baltimore does better?

  17. PrimeTime says:
    January 14, 2020 at 7:48 pm
    Why would he need to call Belichik for insight. Geez.
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    Exactly. He already out-Belichicked Belichick.

    Pats fans gonna troll. It’s all they’ve got left this season.

  18. tylawspick6 says:
    January 14, 2020 at 8:09 pm
    PrimeTime says:
    January 14, 2020 at 7:48 pm
    Why would he need to call Belichik for insight. Geez.
    Dont expect Henry to have the same success as the last two times. This is the year KC goes all the way

    7 5 Rate This

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    umm, because NE has hands down had the best success of any afc team in dismantling their high powered offense, pitching shutouts for entire halves.

    have you watched the nfl over the past 35 years, watching bb defenses set blueprints?

    if baltimore actually was not so arrogant and followed bb’s gameplan vs tenn, maybe baltimore does better?

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    Followed the game plan that got you guys kicked out of the first round? And you speak of arrogance? Lol.

  19. @tylawspick6

    Say what you want against the Ravens, but who at least played in the divisional round this year?

  20. blogatron2000 says:
    January 14, 2020 at 8:10 pm
    PrimeTime says:
    January 14, 2020 at 7:48 pm
    Why would he need to call Belichik for insight. Geez.
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    Exactly. He already out-Belichicked Belichick.

    Pats fans gonna troll. It’s all they’ve got left this season.

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    Not sure Brady sucking and sulking all year once Brown was cut, has anything to do with Mike Vrabel.

    lol

  21. tylawspick6 says:
    January 14, 2020 at 7:49 pm
    without chris jones, anothef chiefs chokejob looms
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    The degree to which the Chiefs are living rent free in your head is astonishing. Oh, and the Pats are still out of the playoffs.

  22. Many didn’t give Titans a chance going into New England.
    No one gave the Titans a chance going into Baltimore, who had a bye week.
    Do you think the Titans fear the Chiefs?
    The Chiefs are like a pretty boy who doesn’t like to get punched. By the fourth quarter, the Chiefs D will be worn down and gun shy on tackles.
    Titans by 10.

  23. The degree to which the Chiefs are living rent free in your head is astonishing. Oh, and the Pats are still out of the playoffs.
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    Oh, and by the way the Pats still are the reigning Super Bowl Champions.

  24. Tannehill better be ready to beat them because there is no way the box won’t be loaded all game. If tannehill can hit big plays and string some throws together they’ve got a shot. They’ll have at least score 30 though.

  25. The first game was in Nashville so maybe the home crowd will inspire that defense. They’ll need it for sure.

    Can the Titans ride him all the way to the Super Bowl? We’ll find out this weekend. They are well-coached and have feasted on poor run defenses–they’ll get another one this week. Tannehill has been efficient enough.

    The biggest question is can that Titans defense shut down the Chief’s offense. This isn’t a one-dimensional running team like the Ravens. They also have a lot more offensive weapons than the Patriots did.

    I’ll be surprised if the loser of this game doesn’t have at least thirty points.

  26. Titans are the most dangerous team in the playoffs. If the weather is bad, I like the Titans chances’

  27. Chiefs defense is playing much better than they did in the first game and Mahomes isn’t hurt like in the first game. Titans offense can’t keep up with the Chiefs offense so they are going to have to lean on Henry all day. Problem is, if they do that, Henry will be gassed by the end of the game. If I were the Chiefs, with the way their secondary has been playing, I would sell out to stop Henry and make Tannehill beat me through the air. The Titans have played two teams with offenses that are not what KC has. NE offense wasn’t very good and didn’t have any playmakers. Baltimore’s offense is designed to rely on Lamar’s legs. They are not designed to come from behind. KC’s offense is designed to score quickly and often. You can only limit Mahomes’ possession but so much. Chiefs 38 Titans 24

  28. I’m going with the Titans. They won’t let the Chiefs off the hook when they’re fumbling balls and dropping passes.

  29. pointtwopsiistheissue says:
    January 14, 2020 at 8:34 pm
    The degree to which the Chiefs are living rent free in your head is astonishing. Oh, and the Pats are still out of the playoffs.
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    Oh, and by the way the Pats still are the reigning Super Bowl Champions.
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    Lol! You hang on to that for the next couple of weeks. Gonna be a long off season for the Foxboro faithful.

  30. my nightmare is watching henry run the clock out while the titans nurse a 4 point lead. but if the chiefs don’t spot them 24 in the first, or they score 51 points i think they’ll win

  31. I think Lamar Jackson put up 500 yards passing and rushing and that did not get them even close. He had turnovers though

    Chiefs went down 24-0 against Houston and turned on the Jets for 50 points.

    Is the titans defence up to it? Overpower the chiefs like they did the Ravens.

    Close call.

    Go Titans. Go Henry

  32. they won because of Dee Ford. Chiefs intercepted Brady, but Ford was offsides. All he had to do was look to his right…

  33. The last time Frisco won the Super Bowl, they faced a wild card team (San Diego Chargers) in the big dance. Will history repeat itself?

  34. Well, this will Likely be a barn burner and will take years off my life. Both teams are significantly better than the reg season game at Tennessee. Mahomes looks fully healthy again and does things no QB can do. And Henry….doing things I have never seen a RB his size do. He is at a point that if you hold him to 150, you did good. Unbelievable. Very compelling game. All of us at one point wanted to see the best RB vs the Best Passing offense in a game. Comes down to defense on both teams. Should be epic. The winner of this wins the SB. Hope my Chiefs can pull it off, but really could go either way.

  35. Seeing the Hunt family (Chiefs owners) getting to hoist the Hunt trophy at Arrowhead in the 100th season of the NFL….that would be special.
    Go Chiefs

  36. When the Chiefs were down 24-0 against the Texans, Mahomes urged his team to do something special. From that moment, I think a switch was flipped on that will not be turned off this post season. Chiefs by >20 this Sunday.

  37. I look forward to this game, regardless of who wins. Titans have stunned the doubters (like me) thus far. I’m a big fan of both Derrick Henry and Patrick Mahomes, so I just want a great match-up. At this point I’d prefer to see a Chiefs/49ers Superbowl.

  38. Tennessee’s game plan I’m sure is quite simple: The KC offense can’t score if they’re not on the field. I expect long, time consuming drives by the Titans with Henry leading the way.

    I think Tennessee is the hotter, more confident team after beating last year’s Super Bowl champs and this year’s favorite to win it…both on the road.

    Titans….34-24

  39. Chiefs will not spot the Titans six extra possessions like the Ravens did. Derrick will get his and the Titans will still lose by 20.

  40. pointtwopsiistheissue says:
    January 14, 2020 at 8:34 pm
    Oh, and by the way the Pats still are the reigning Super Bowl Champions.

    +++
    Let us know how that works out for you in a couple of weeks.

  41. I would not crown the Chiefs yet. Last year they were beat at home by the dynastic New England Patriots and this year they will get beat by a tough physical team with a lot of Patriot Way influence. Vrabel the head coach is a former all pro linebacker with Patriots. The GM Jon Robinson was a personnel assistant to Belichick. Logan Ryan Malcom Butler and Dion Lewis won titles as Patriots players and are now Titans. Watch out chiefs. Former Patriots know how to play the game. And I am sure Vrabel has learned a lot from the chessmaster Belichick how to beat chiefs. The Titans beat the defending champions the number one seed and not set their sights on the Chiefs. Titans are the more physical tougher team and KC cannot stop Henry. Their run defense sucks. Henry will control clock and Titans will get after Mahomes and Mahoems will get eaten by the pressure of losing two straight championship games at home. Lamar is 0-2 in playoffs and Mahomes will be 0-2 in championship games. Guess they do not compare to the legendary Brady the GOAT

  42. If the Titans are down by more than a TD early then I don’t think Henry would have a big impact on the game. The Pats game was close, in the game against the Ravens the Titans were ahead by couple of scores early so they were able to ride Henry in both games. If the Chiefs start out fast this may be over soon. I hope to see the Titans win a close one.

  43. Go Chiefs! I love Henry as a player, hard not to. The weather will be brutally cold. Advantage Henry. But i think the pieces are there for the Chiefs victory. Going to be an awesome game. Chiefs 38 – 24

  44. Three yards and a cloud of dust! Use three downs to move the chains and keep Golden Boy off the field so the playground football gets little opportunity to operate. Henry can churn all day long which will keep your D rested and ready.

  45. The Chiefs might not be able to completely stop Henry, but they CAN outscore the Titans.
    The Saints figured out the Titans defense and scored 3 touchdowns in 14 plays.
    Granted, Henry did not play in that game, but he does not play defense.
    The Chiefs might just light up the Titans!

  46. Titans will shock the nation. They appear to be the team of destiny this season.
    I trust Vrabel more then Andy Reid. Just more to like about the Titans. Haven’t seen a rb pound the rock like Henry, since Earl Campbell.

  47. Chiefs were also missing 5 starters in that game with Patrick still nursing his knee. Lots have changed since then for both teams. If Henry wants to run for 188 yards and 2 TD’s… Ill take that because the Chiefs will score more than 14 points.

  48. chiefseek says:
    January 15, 2020 at 12:09 pm
    Chiefs were also missing 5 starters in that game with Patrick still nursing his knee. Lots have changed since then for both teams. If Henry wants to run for 188 yards and 2 TD’s… Ill take that because the Chiefs will score more than 14 points.

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    Be careful. Tenn could easily drop 30 on that putrid D. You people are funny. KC gets leads like Balt’s D had to work with, which makes the opposing offense easier to defend.

    You’re welcome.

  49. wintercoates87 says:
    January 15, 2020 at 11:52 am
    Titans will shock the nation. They appear to be the team of destiny this season.
    I trust Vrabel more then Andy Reid. Just more to like about the Titans. Haven’t seen a rb pound the rock like Henry, since Earl Campbell.

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    Agree, but it was Riggins in ‘82 who had that monster postseason running everyone over.

  50. Why is the point spread so lopsided? +7.5 is a huge gift if you’re a Titans fan. Go for it – there’s still time to book a flight to Las Vegas!

  51. classicaljim says:
    January 14, 2020 at 6:47 pm
    I’ve liked Henry since Alabama days.

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    Oh yeah? I’ve liked him since his pop warner days.

  52. trchief1603 says:
    January 15, 2020 at 2:08 pm
    6burgh

    Chiefs lost top against the Texans and they lit up the sky.

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    Tenn’s D is clearly playing better than Houston’s. Not to
    mention, Houston’s offense is pretty limited and Tenn’s is not. One key feature with Tenn’s offense is their playaction and homerun ability and the fact Tannehill doesn’t play favorites like Brady was doing.

    If Tenn avoids a turnover, the titans will be in it.

  53. KC fans are funny, just because you lit up the scoreboard against the putrid Texans D doesn’t mean you are going to put up 100 points against Tenn, don’t be shocked if this is a surprisingly low scoring game with Derrick Henry getting 30+ touches and controlling the clock.

  54. tylawspick6 says:

    January 14, 2020 at 7:49 pm

    without chris jones, anothef chiefs chokejob looms
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    Uh Chris Jones is a weakness in the Run Defense. The defense actually played better when he was hurt. He is better suited at DE, but we have Frank Clark and T. Suggs there.

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