Opinion: Derrick Henry can't be overlooked anymore after bulldozing Patriots in Titans' win
In addition to a defense that – while not dominant – is seemingly best in big moments, the Titans might have the best running back in the NFL. And that is an effective combo for a playoff run, enough in this case to knock out Tom Brady and the reigning Super Bowl champs in their own stadium.The Patriots entered this game with the NFL’s sixth-best rushing defense (and statistically its best overall defense) this season. And from the beginning, they could not stop Henry.He had 49 rushing yards on the Titans opening possession. He had 100 rushing yards by halftime.
Jackson seemed like a pretty clear-cut choice at the time after leading the league in TD passes (36), setting I guess the debate comes back to the "V" in " MVP " and what exactly qualifies as valuable . The Ravens won't be holding that sterling silver trophy, but the Titans still might — basically because
The NFL MVP is a regular-season award but should it be ? Saturday's game between the Titans and Ravens will only reignite the debate. Get ready for a healthy dose of the run game, as both Lamar Jackson and Derrick Henry try to carry their teams to the AFC title game.
Titans stun Ravens 28-12 behind Derrick Henry to reach AFC title game
Who saw this coming? For the first time since the 2010 postseason, a No. 6 seed has upset a No. 1 seed. Derrick Henry rushed for 195 yards and threw a touchdown pass, leading the Titans to a stunning 28-12 victory over the heavily favored Ravens. The winner of the Houston-Kansas City game Sunday will [more]For the first time since the 2010 postseason, a No. 6 seed has upset a No. 1 seed.
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BALTIMORE — As Tennessee Titans safety Kevin Byard skipped into a victorious locker room Saturday night, he exclaimed, "Big Truss."
Before running back Derrick Henry, who ran roughshod over the top-seeded Baltimore Ravens for 195 yards in, spoke with reporters after the game, Titans receiver Tajae Sharpe first stepped to the podium to give the Pro Bowler this introduction: "How y'all doing? Before we get started, I just want to introduce to y'all, we got the NFL rushing rushing leader. If anybody got a problem with that, you come see me. We 'bout that. Big Truss. Woo woo. King Henry, in the flesh. Woo woo."
Those were lighthearted digs at the Ravens and, in Sharpe's case, one aimed at Baltimore running back Mark Ingram, who made himselfhype man with a similar postgame remarks after a defeat of the Texans in November while also slapping the label on Jackson and a Ravens team that finished 14-2.
How Titans, Derrick Henry stunned Ravens, Lamar Jackson in divisional playoff upset
Tennessee's toughness on both sides of the ball shook the conference's top seed and its MVP quarterback.Henry, the reigning NFL rushing champion, rumbled for 195 yards on 30 carries against a Ravens run defense that ranked fifth in the league during the regular season. He also contributed in the passing game, per usual, in key moments for quarterback Ryan Tannehill, and he even pitched in with a jump-pass touchdown on a trick play after taking a direct snap. Henry's performance came less than a week after he rushed for 182 yards in the Titans' wild-card upset of the Patriots in New England.
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Lamar Jackson will almost assuredly be the NFL's MVP this season. But the Ravens QB won't be making a deep playoff run after Saturday's loss. Opinion : Derrick Henry , not Lamar Jackson , looks like MVP , and it might be time to rethink process .
Now? A compelling debate has resurfaced: Given what Henry's done in recent games, should Jackson still be the league's 2019 MVP?
Over the last three weeks, Henry had a 211-yard performance in Week 17 that earned him that rushing title and punched Tennessee's playoff ticket,in and then bowled over Baltimore. In that same stretch, Jackson played once, lording over the Ravens' second straight one-and-done postseason with an empty-calorie night (365 yards passing, 143 yards rushing) in a game that was never really in doubt.
Henry is playing up to his 6-3, 247-pound size when it matters most. Jackson ... simply didn't.
Understand, MVP balloting — the Associated Press has a 50-person voting panel, and I'm honored to be one — concluded between Week 17 and the wild-card round. Jackson seemed like a pretty clear-cut choice at the time after leading the league in TD passes (36),(1,206) and leading the Ravens to the league's best record, among other accomplishments. He was named all-pro after getting 47 of the 50 votes at quarterback — which almost certainly foreshadows him as the MVP winner, though that won't be revealed until the night before Super Bowl LIV.
Titans' upset of Ravens in divisional playoffs could have been predicted based on an obscure NFL stat
Should we have seen this coming? It's not the first time a rushing team like Baltimore has lost in the playoffs to an individual rusher like Derrick Henry.Perhaps we should have paid more attention to a strange NFL stat that indicated Tennessee would pull off such a massive upset and reach the AFC championship game in shocking fashion.
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It's a debate that spans all sports. Many Heisman Trophy voters have suggested that award should be voted on after the national championship game — some even admitting they would have voted for Clemson's Deshaun Watson in 2016 instead of Jackson had that been the case. There's a similar sentiment as it pertains to Texas' Vince Young in 2005.
Barry Bonds was Major League Baseball's MVP seven times yet often his team's weak link in postseason. Does that pass the common sense test? Conversely, Michael Jordan probably could have and should have been the NBA's perennial MVP, yet somehow only got tabbed five times.
Saturday night, Henry was the most pivotal player on the field, becoming the first ever rush for at least 180 yards in three consecutive games — matching Jackson with one touchdown pass — and demoralizing the Ravens defense like he has so many others. No other player in the NFL's 100 seasons has run for at least 175 yards twice in the same postseason.
"They handed me a sheet that said, 'the only player in NFL history ...' So whatever come after that is pretty much self-explanatory when it's the only player in NFL history," Titans coach Mike Vrabel said. "It's fun to coach him.
32 things we learned from the divisional round of NFL playoffs
The NFL is down to its final four teams, and there were plenty of surprises along the way to the two conference title games.1. As the NFL's 100th season nears its conclusion, we're reminded the league is entering a new era. This was the first time the round of eight did not include Tom Brady, Peyton Manning or Ben Roethlisberger since the 2002 postseason.
Opinion : Derrick Henry , not Lamar Jackson , looks like MVP , and it might be time to rethink process .
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Now Henry is one more big performance away from reaching the Super Bowl and just a few more weeks away from a massive free agency payday. Meanwhile, for all he managed throughout the regular season, Jackson will be hearing people ask for the next year whether he can win the big one.
To be clear, Jackson will be a deserving winner given the current parameters. Maybe that would even be the case if the voting closed following the Super Bowl. Patrick Mahomes probably still would have prevailed last year even though the Chiefs didn't win it all — though unlike Jackson, Mahomes wasn't one-and-done in the playoffs.
I guess the debate comes back to the "V" in "MVP" and what exactly qualifies as valuable. A game like Saturday's makes you wonder. By pretty much any measure, Jackson was this season's most outstanding player. But where's the real value? The Ravens won't be holding that sterling silver trophy, but the Titans still might — basically because of their towering back. And while we're in the midst of this semantics debate, chew on this nugget: no MVP has won the Super Bowl since Kurt Warner ... way back in 1999.
"It's a regular-season award, but it should be after the playoffs," Titans running back Dion Lewis told USA TODAY Sports after the game.
"It's not at my pay grade, but if you look at sports — some people turn their level of play up in the playoffs. A lot of guys have great regular seasons, but they don't end up with a championship. So I think the whole season should be considered — because the the playoffs are part of the season, too. If it was that way, I think we know who'd be getting that thing."
Stillwater shooting victim's girlfriend testifies against accused killer
A judge in Stillwater heard emotional testimony Wednesday in the case against Mandrale Henry's accused killer. Coryon Thomas has been accused of shooting and killing Henry in November in Stillwater. At one point during the hearing Wednesday in a Payne County courtroom, Henry's mother had to walk out. Sign up for our Newsletters "The emotional part of any mother is if your child is hurting they want their mom," Angelika Arnold said after hearing new details about her son's death. "I was thinking, 'Did he call me? Did he call out for mom?'"The judge heard testimony from Henry's girlfriend, who called police right after the shooting.
Maybe it 's time for us to retire the term altogether and start using something new. Then the success of some startups made the term sexy for large companies looking to innovate. People act like an MVP is a magical method to get them everything they want without spending very much money.
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And it leaves me wondering, even if we're asking the right question about who's most valuable, are we asking it at the appropriate time?
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Watch: Titans steal play from Chiefs for Henry rushing TD .
The Tennessee Titans are taking advantage of yet another slow first quarter for the Kansas City Chiefs. Tennessee orchestrated a lengthy drive, thanks to a clutch fourth-down catch by receiver Adam Humphries and a big reception by tight end Jonnu Smith. So what are the Titans to do? Run the ball with Derrick Henry, of course! Henry took the direct snap in the red zone (swiping a play the Chiefs ran against New England in Week 14 with Travis Kelce!), and had a wide open lane for the touchdown and to extend Tennessee's lead to 10-0.