The Jacksonville Jaguars have had completely no reply for Derrick Henry on Thursday night time. By three quarters, the supersized working again for the Tennessee Titans has bulldozed his well beyond a staff that prides itself on protection in one of the crucial audacious speeding shows in N.F.L. historical past.
The numbers are staggering. Henry, the 2015 Heisman Trophy winner, had carried the ball 11 occasions for 219 yards and 4 touchdowns by way of the primary three durations. It’s simply the 10th time since 1950 working again has rushed for no less than 200 yards and 4 touchdowns, and the 6-foot-Three, 247-pound Henry has achieved it on 11 fewer carries than any of his predecessors.
There have been loads of memorable moments within the sport for Henry, however none will prime his matching Tony Dorsett of the Dallas Cowboys for the longest run in N.F.L. historical past halfway by way of the second quarter.
The record-tying play was arrange when Tennessee stuffed Jacksonville’s Leonard Fournette on the purpose line to show the ball over on downs, giving the Titans the ball simply inside Tennessee’s 1-yard line. Henry broke left by way of the road and was met by the Professional Bowl cornerback A.J. Bouye simply contained in the 20-yard line. He dispatched Bouye with a vicious stiff-arm to the face, ran side-by-side with linebacker Leon Jacobs earlier than merely whipping the pursuer to the bottom, after which ran by way of a half-hearted deal with try by linebacker Myles Jack at round Jacksonville’s 20-yard line on his approach into the tip zone.
Dorsett’s 99-yarder had come on Jan. Three, 1983 in a sport in opposition to the Minnesota Vikings. Like Henry, Dorsett needed to break a couple of tackles on his strategy to the tip zone, although he had a little bit assist downfield from Drew Pearson, a large receiver, who helped get him by way of essentially the most essential level within the run.
If Henry had simply that run, it might have been a memorable night time. However he has additionally run touchdowns of three, 16 and 54 yards in opposition to a protection that was ranked 16th within the N.F.L. in opposition to the run coming into the sport.