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Derrick Henry dominates Bills’ second-ranked run defense

Buffalo Bills v Tennessee Titans Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images

The Tennessee Titans entered Monday night’s primetime contest against the Buffalo Bills with a giant challenge on their hands. The Bills brought the league’s second-best rushing defense with them to Nashille. A unit that only trailed the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before Monday, Buffalo were giving up just 78.4 rushing yards per contest.

In Week 5, Kansas City’s running backs managed 44 yards on 14 carries, “good” for an average of 3.14 per carry.

Two weekends ago, the Houston Texans ran for just 50 yards as an offense on 18 rushing attempts as the Bills ran them out of the stadium to the tune of 40-0.

On Monday night, Derrick Henry cracked it open and hammered it to pieces.

Tennessee secured a thrilling 34-31 victory on the back of Henry, who rushed for an astounding 143 yards and three touchdowns on just 20 carries. Henry averaged 7.2 yards per carry. The highlight of his night was this thrilling 76-yard touchdown rush.

The Titans’ offensive line was in terrific form all night long. They won the line of scrimmage battle in all phashes while living up to their physical reputation. Not only did Henry have a massive night, but quarterback Ryan Tannehill was not sacked and rarely faced pressure in the pocket. It was the first time this season Tannehill hasn’t been sacked, and it was achieved against an excellent Bills front that sacked Patrick Mahomes twice and pressured him on a consistent basis a week ago.

The sign of a struggling Bills defense was evident throughout the majority of the game. The Titans scored on six straight drives excluding the final drive of the first half when they decided to take it to half time and the final kneel down of the game. All in all, the Titans scored 34 points and moved the ball at will.

Henry will take his 783 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns into a Week 7 date against a Chiefs defense that is giving up an astonishing 133.2 rushing yards per game and 29.3 points per contest. Henry could be in store for another massive performance.