Derrick Henry can be the first rushing leader in the Super Bowl since 2005

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It’s not often that the league’s leading rusher gets to the Super Bowl, but Titans running back Derrick Henry can do it this season.

After leading the NFL with 1,540 rushing yards in the regular season, Henry is now one Titans win over the Chiefs on Sunday away from getting to the Super Bowl. If he does it he’ll be the first player to do so since Shaun Alexander, who led the NFL in rushing in 2005 and helped the Seahawks to get to the Super Bowl that year.

Only two other players have accomplished the feat: Terrell Davis, who led the league in rushing in 1998 and helped the Broncos get to the Super Bowl that year, and Emmitt Smith, who did it three times with the Cowboys, in 1992, 1993 and 1995.

Here are the players to lead the league in rushing and then play in the Super Bowl at the end of that season:

2005: Shaun Alexander, Seattle, 1,880 yards.

1998: Terrell Davis, Denver, 2,008 yards

1995: Emmitt Smith, Dallas, 1,773 yards

1993: Emmitt Smith, Dallas, 1,486 yards

1992: Emmitt Smith, Dallas, 1,713 yards

10 responses to “Derrick Henry can be the first rushing leader in the Super Bowl since 2005

  1. I would not be surprised if they won it all. They’re like the Eagles a couple of years ago but a little better since they have Henry. They aren’t stocked with hall of famers to be a dynasty, they don’t have a top level quarterback but the stars just aligned for one season and they went on a good run.

  2. I’m a Titans fan but just don’t believe they are capable of scoring enough points to beat KC. With both Derrick and Ryan both free agents now, doubtful they’ll have enough money to have a good team this coming season.

  3. Titans didn’t throw last two weeks because Pats and Ravens have shutdown corners, but they will throw this week. Can’t keep up with Mahomes and the Chiefs? That sounds right but look at this…

    Since Mahomes returned from injury in Week 10…

    Tannehill: 117 of 169 (69.2%) for 1,762 yards (10.4 YPA), 16 TDs, 2 INTs, 129.8 rating, 139 and 3 TDs rushing

    Mahomes: 162 of 243 (66.7%) for 1,851 yards (7.6 YPA), 11 TDs, 4 INTs, 97.6 rating, 136 and 2 TDs rushing

  4. whysosenestive445 says:

    Won’t happen. Titans defense can’t stop Chiefs. Chiefs win BIG 37-10
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    To score 37 points the Chiefs offense has to be on the field. Henry can burn much time and keep them off.

  5. I’m a Titans fan but just don’t believe they are capable of scoring enough points to beat KC. With both Derrick and Ryan both free agents now, doubtful they’ll have enough money to have a good team this coming season.

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    Both will be titans next year. Mariottas 20m this year will go towards Tannehill (or Brady?). I believe the titans are projected to be 55 million under the cap. I could see cap casualty’s like dion lewis and Malcolm butler getting cut to free up even more money.

  6. Derrick Henry can be the first rushing leader in the Super Bowl since 2005
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    Putting the cart before the horse aren’t you?

    Might want to wait and see if they make it to the SB before even bringing this up!

    BTW where was Henry 9 of the first ten games of this season and for the first 13 games last season, this guy reminds me of Ajayi and only wants to show up for a few games a year at the end of the season! Is he a great RB, nah the truly great RBs show up ALL SEASON.

  7. jerryhassler5871 says:
    January 17, 2020 at 8:18 am
    I’m a Titans fan but just don’t believe they are capable of scoring enough points to beat KC. With both Derrick and Ryan both free agents now, doubtful they’ll have enough money to have a good team this coming season.
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    If Henry has another good game it can set the stage for the Titans to win because while the Chiefs have a fast strike offense that can hurt them in the long run. If the Titans can match the Chiefs score for score until the middle of the 3rd quarter then the Titans have a serious advantage because those long sustained drives will tire the Chiefs defense out from being on the field so long and it’ll be even easier for them to drive and score and they’ll eat up clock and KC’s defense’s energy doing it. And the longer the Chiefs are on the field the less there chances of winning are.

    This reminds me of the GB/Denver SB, SB XXXII when no one gave the Broncos a chance because Favre and the Packers could basically score at will, but in reality that was the Packs downfall because they scored so fast and that meant their D spent so much time on the field that they were and standing with their hands on their knees sucking wind by the end of the 3rd quarter and they couldn’t stop a cold for the rest of the game.

    Long sustained drives are the great equalizer against a fast strike offense, it wears their defense out from being on the field so long!

  8. He ‘can be’ but most likely won’t be! The Titans defense won’t contain Mahommes and the Chiefs this week! Mahommes was hurt the last time they played!

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