Derrick Henry made historical past final weekend in leading the Titans to a extensive upset catch over the tip-seeded Baltimore Ravens, and there is not any hiding who powers Tennessee now.
The Chiefs have taken mumble and built their defensive plot for Sunday’s AFC title sport round dethroning the speeding king. The level of interest: attacking Henry with sound fundamentals.
“Or no longer it’s gonna catch all of us tackling him and wrapping up,” Chiefs linebacker Anthony Hitchens stated.
Stopping — or no longer lower than tackling — Henry is a weekly topic among Tennessee opponents in these playoffs. Remaining week, Ravens security Earl Thomas stated it develop into a mindset thing, no longer being nervous to approach the hulking working help, adding he believed his defense develop into in-built every other case. That did not endure out in Henry’s 195-yard efficiency, so it’s time for the next opponent to test out a original approach.
“You gotta exact catch his legs out — we talked all week — to execute the engine,” Hitchens stated. “Hit him in his thighs and his legs. Cleave him down. Whenever you tackle him high, he tends to raise you for roughly 5 extra yards. Hit him low. All comely and at some level of the sport, but yeah, exact hit him lower.”
Henry executed second within the NFL this season in yards gained after a defender closed internal one yard at 4.7 per are trying, per Next Gen Stats. That mark jumped to 5.5 yards per are trying within the postseason, an illustration that he’s no longer occurring without distress within the games that topic most.
He also did not hobble down without distress when the 2 groups met within the fashioned season. Henry rolled up 188 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries, alongside with a 68-yard rumble for a rating in Tennessee’s relaxed 35-32 catch over Kansas City in Week 10.
Hitchens’ approach is as extinct as the sport itself: Cleave down trees by attacking their rotten. Or no longer it’s exact more straightforward stated than accomplished, and leaves a defense prone to being stiff-armed into the turf.
If one is going to are trying a low tackle, he need to commit. There isn’t any going low at 50 p.c. May perchance well quiet the Chiefs originate this sort of sacrifice, presumably Kansas City will catch itself celebrating an AFC title at Arrowhead Stadium. If no longer, ask one other victory for the Henry-powered Titans.