Derrick Henry, running back, Tennessee Titans: The best player of the day was a runner who saved the perfect mark from one of the three undefeated teams remaining in the 2020 season:
Last year, Derrick Henry (Tennessee Titans)was one of the most frequent guests to our weekly space reserved for the best of the Sunday day
This year, ‘King Henry’ takes the spot of honor for the first time this season in Week 6, after – basically – saving Tennessee from undefeated.
The numbers are almost as impressive as the stiff-arms he applies to his opponents: Henry carried the ball 22 times for 22 yards with two touchdowns. More important, it was the significance of each of Henry’s entries for Tennessee’s win.
The first touchdown, a 94-yard breakaway in the fourth quarter that defies anything we think we know about 250-pound running backs and their relationship to sheer speed, returned the momentary advantage to the Titans, 29-23 after that Houston had taken the lead for the first time in the game.
The second touchdown, a play in which the center directly received a shotgun formation, sentenced the game from 5 yards in the extra, to tie the score to 42-36.
Everyone expected Tennessee and Houston to contest the AFC South this year, and they have not. The Texans have been one of the biggest disappointments of the season, while Tennessee has lived up to expectations, remaining among the three teams unbeaten for the year.
However, records aside, it was important for the Titans to show superiority over Houston, add a new divisional victory, and keep the gap over a season-high Indianapolis Colts, who walk second in the sector.
Henry was the best player for the Titans last year in their impressive run to the AFC Championship Game, and he remains the key to whatever success Tennessee aspires to. This Sunday’s performance only reinforces what we already know: the Nashville team will go as far as Henry‘s legs will last.