‘I call myself young Peyton Manning’


Derrick Henry’s efficiency in Thursday night time’s 27-17 win over the Inexperienced Bay Packers ended up like a Thanksgiving plate full of somewhat little bit of every part on the desk.

The Tennessee Titans operating again generated 87 speeding yards and a landing on 28 carries. He caught two passes for 45 yards, together with an enormous 42-yard display after the Packers got here inside a rating within the third quarter.

Henry stored filling up the stat sheet there. He added two passes, most notably a 3-yard soar cross to an open Austin Hooper for a landing.

“I name myself younger Peyton Manning,” Henry joked in regards to the TD launch.

The transfer was good. With all eyes on the bruise on his again close to the purpose, the complete protection rallied to cease the 247-pound Henry, leaving Hopper huge open in the long run zone, and the RB hit the goal, leaping over a bunch of our bodies.

“As soon as I acquired it, I regarded round and I had no concept,” Hooper stated of being absolutely open, by way of The Tennessean. “I used to be like, wow, this was actually deliberate to perfection for me. Promote the race, promote the race, promote the race, watch the man who was purported to cowl me, he began to fill the D hole, slipped after which I simply noticed a mass of humanity and a ball burst from above.”

Henry’s effort helped the 7-3 Titans to their season-best offensive manufacturing, producing 27 factors and 408 yards. He turned the primary operating again this season to cross the 1,000 yard barrier (1,010).

Along with his rush TD, Henry turned the fifth participant in NFL historical past with 10+ rush TDs in 5 consecutive seasons – three of the earlier 4 gamers gained an AP NFL MVP award in his span of greater than 5 seasons (Shaun Alexander in 2005 , LaDainian Tomlinson in 2006 and Adrian Peterson in 2012).

However particular person accolades do not budge King Henry, who stays motivated by naysayers from his highschool days who doubted he may very well be an NFL participant, a lot much less the engine of a division chief.

“It is one thing that can proceed to encourage me,” stated Henry. “I am all the time motivated day-after-day. I am always considering, always criticizing myself day-after-day. It by no means stops. I need to be one of the best I can to assist this staff and do no matter I can to assist them win and be one of the best participant I might be. I might be… I am all the time searching for one thing to gasoline me, and that is the best way it is all the time been since I began taking part in this recreation.”

Henry fueled the Titans, who’ve gained seven of their final eight video games after a 0-2 begin to construct an enormous lead within the AFC South as we come into Thanksgiving week.