Derrick Henry did it again to the Jaguars this afternoon, running through Jacksonville to power the Titans to win No. 9. It was one that the Titans had to have after coming up empty against the Browns last week.
It didn’t take long for the Titans to get going in Jacksonville. Ryan Tannehill kicked the scoring off with a flea flicker, finding A.J. Brown who made a one-handed grab in the endzone.
The Titans played some bend-but-don’t-break defense for much of the first half, but were unable to build on their 7-0 lead on the following possessions.
Tennessee drove the field and were in position to add points to open the second quarter, but Mike Vrabel’s 4th and two attempt with Jeremy McNichols fell short. The Titans were at the Jacksonville nine at the time.
No points there kept us at a 7-0 game, but a Corey Davis fumble with 4:22 left in the half provided Jacksonville with a spark. All the Jaguars could do with it was add a field goal, however.
With three minutes left before halftime, Arthur Smith turned to Derrick Henry, and Henry delivered. The NFL’s leading rusher found the endzone after breaking through the Jaguars’ front seven. Henry had 122 yards on the ground before halftime, and the Titans had a 14-3 lead.
Stephen Gostkowski added three more for good measure after the Jacksonville offense stalled one more time.
Henry opened the third quarter with a 47 yard run, putting the Titans in striking distance once again. Tannehill hit Geoff Swaim on the next play to finish the drive with another touchdown, pushing the Tennessee lead to 24-3.
Malcolm Butler picked off Mike Glennon on the first play on the next drive.
And then Derrick Henry scored again.
The score was 31-3 with 8:48 to play in the third quarter, and this one was over.
Jacksonville brought in Gardner Minshew for mop-up duty after that. Henry kept running, totalling 215 yards before Vrabel took him out of the game for good. Tannehill ended a fairly light day going 19-24 for 212 yards and two touchdowns.
Tennessee moves to 9-4, holding serve in the tightly contested AFC playoff race. They’ll host the Detroit Lions next Sunday, looking for win No. 10.