Tennessee Titans star running back Derrick Henry has been one of the most feared players in the National Football League. With 6:35 remaining in the first half of Week 9’s Thursday Night Football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Henry ran in a two-yard touchdown to give the Titans the lead. However, that helped Derrick Henry climb up the all-time rushing touchdowns leaderboard.
That was the 82nd rushing touchdown of Henry’s career, breaking a tie with both Frank Gore and Ottis Anderson. He now is tied for 18th with Corey Dillon. Derrick Henry continues to play incredibly well and can continue to soar up the leaderboards as his career continues in Tennessee.
Is Derrick Henry the best running back in the NFL today?
Derrick Henry has been a force throughout his career and at 29 years old, the Alabama Crimson Tide product has been one of the most physical running backs that we have seen. His peak has been incredible as he has scored double-digit rushing touchdowns every season since 2018 and it is difficult to argue against a running back that would be better than him.
With the NFL continuing to transition to more of a passing league, the running back seems like a position that is more of a committee compared to having a leading running back like Derrick Henry. Things are going to be interesting to make an argument as Henry begins to get closer to that 30-year-old age as well as nearing the 2,000 rushing attempts throughout his professional career.
Can the Tennessee Titans make the playoffs?
This Week 9 Thursday Night Football game will be a big tell if the Titans should be considered a potential playoff team in the AFC. They entered this game with a 3-4 record and already are a few games out of the AFC South so their bet would be to make it as a Wild Card team.
However, they looked dominant last season and completely collapsed. Their hope relies on the shoulders of rookie quarterback Will Levis as he has looked well in his second NFL game. A win over the Pittsburgh Steelers would be massive for their chances as the Steelers are in the same boat as them in terms for fighting for an AFC Wild Card spot.
The Titans need to show more consistency before being in that conversation though.