Can Derrick Henry Rush For More Yards Than Tannehill Throws For Again?

  • Derrick Henry led the NFL in rushing this season with a career-high 1,540 yards.
  • This is the second time in franchise history the Titans have made it to the AFC Championship game.
  • The Titans are 9-3 (including playoffs) with Ryan Tannehill as the starting quarterback.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Titans, who barely made it into the playoffs as the sixth seed in the AFC, have now beaten the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots and the team with the best regular-season record in the Baltimore Ravens.

The Titans now find themselves one victory away from the Super Bowl as they’ll face the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship game.

These two teams faced each other earlier this year in Week 10 with the Titans edging the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium 35-32. In that game, The Titans weathered a 446 passing yard and three-touchdown performance from Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes.

The Titans offense won this game by doing what it has done all season and that is feeding the NFL’s leading rusher in Derrick Henry.

This has caused several online sportsbooks to release an NFL Special this week on what will be greater in the AFC Championship game, Ryan Tannehill’s passing yards (-350) or Derrick Henry’s rushing yards (+225).

Tannehill vs. Henry Odds

Henry ran for 188 yards on 23 carries and two touchdowns, while Tannehill threw for 181 yards and two touchdowns in the regular-season meeting. Take the +225 odds on Derrick Henry rushing for more yards because in the postseason Henry’s rushing yard total has doubled Tannehill’s passing yards (377-160).

Henry has been paramount to the Titans postseason run in each game he’s received at least 30 carries and rushed for over 180+ yards. Furthermore, Tannehill has yet to throw over 100 passing yards in a game during the playoffs and has not thrown more than 15 pass attempts.

The Titans are force-feeding Henry and it’s leading them to wins, expect for that to continue against a weak Chiefs run defense.

The Kansas City Chiefs having Patrick Mahomes under center always leaves the threat of a shootout that could cause the Titans to abandon their run game.

However, this game should follow the same game script as the regular season matchup which should see the Titans giving Henry the ball more to keep the Chiefs offense off the field. Tannehill won’t be asked to throw much in this game especially if the Titans jump out to an early lead.

Henry will need to have another monster game in the AFC Championship game to carry the Titans to victory and bring the franchise to its second-ever Super Bowl.

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