Last season against the Chiefs, Henry scored two touchdowns on only nine carries in his backup role.
This weekend, the former Heisman Trophy winner can expect upwards of 30 carries as Mularkey will look to establish the run against a Chiefs defense that has given up 118.1 yards per game on the ground this season (25th).
(Not mentioned: losses to the Jay Cutler-led Dolphins and the Blaine Gabbert-piloted Cardinals.) So how does a defense that flounders so noticeably against reputable offenses hope to contain a 4,000-yard passer that doesn’t turn the ball over in Smith, two 1000-yard pass catchers in WR Tyreek Hill and TE Travis Kelce, and receivers in Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill, and the NFL’s leading rusher in Kareem Hunt?
While both teams employ bend-don’t-break defenses, the Chiefs simply have too much offensive firepower that should be well rested after most starters were held out, or at least limited, in last week’s regular season finale against Denver.
Mariota should have plenty of opportunities to make plays against a banged-up Kansas City defense that finished the regular season 28th in yards allowed (365.1 ypg) and lacks a true pass-rushing threat outside of linebacker Justin Houston. Derrick Henry Mariota isn’t the only young offensive player that the Titans need to get it in gear.
With De Marco Murray ruled out because of a torn MCL in his right knee, the rushing workload will once again fall heavy upon Henry (right).
Where Murray is a more dynamic weapon able to catch passes out of the backfield and protect Mariota in pass protection, Henry is the steamroller of the backs but struggles with the more finesse aspects of the position.
Although he did have a huge 66-yard catch-and-run for the game’s first touchdown last week against Jacksonville.
Typically, winning a home game against a Blake Bortles-led offense isn’t too much to brag about.Lawrence was founded by the New England Emigrant Aid Company and was named for Amos Adams Lawrence who offered financial aid and support for the settlement. However, its economy soon diversified into many industries including agriculture, manufacturing, and ultimately education, beginning with the founding of the University of Kansas in 1866, and later Haskell Indian Nations University in 1884.Prior to Kansas Territory being opened to settlement in May 1854, most of Douglas County was part of the Shawnee Indian Reservation.Simply put, the Titans lose to teams with any semblance of above-average quarterbacking, something that is sparse to begin with in the modern NFL.The Titans picked up five wins against AFC South quarterbacks Jacoby Brissett (Colts), Blake Bortles (Jags) and Tom Savage (Texans).