While there is plenty of blame to go around for this loss, Derrick Henry and the rushing attack should be shielded from your criticisms. In fact, this loss marked the first time in Henry’s illustrious career that the team lost despite getting a 100 yard effort out of him. Entering Sunday, the Titans were 16-0 all-time when receiving such a rushing output from their stud running back. They’re now 16-1.
Henry ran for 112 yards despite carrying the ball a season-low 18 times. That was good for 6.2 yards per attempt. In fact, the entire rushing attack was very impressive.
D’Onta Foreman made his Titans debut after signing to the team’s practice squad a few weeks ago. The former Texas Longhorn carried the ball five times for 37 yards. It was the type of performance that should earn him more carries going forward.
Jeremy McNichols has been serving as the team’s No. 2 back for a few weeks now and added four carries for 49 yards. Even Ryan Tannehill posted two carries for 20 yards. The Titans’ 218 yards on the ground marked the team’s second-best total of the season.
They should have absolutely won this game given these numbers and facts, but when your defense is historically bad, you’re going to lose some games and waste some impressive efforts.