In an era in which offenses are passing more, Derrick Henry is reminding teams of the value of a bruising running back. In Week 6, Henry and the Titans will square off against the red-hot Buffalo Bills. The Bills defense is coming off an impressive performance against the Kansas City Chiefs, but Derrick Henry and the Titans represent a different offensive approach.
According to the NFL betting lines from BetMGM, the Bills are 5.5-point favorites in this AFC matchup. Whether or not the Titans cover is largely dependent on whether Henry can get it going on the ground as he has so often this season. Read on to find out the Tennessee Titans’ Week 6 matchup might play out.
The Tennessee Titans Can’t Stop Giving the Ball to Derrick Henry
Henry is a supremely talented running back, but the real key to his success is that the Tennessee Titans use him more than any other player.
Henry had 29 rushing attempts on Sunday against the Jaguars. The week before, he had 33 attempts. Henry has 142 rushing attempts this season, 48 more than the next closest back, Alvin Kamara.
Derrick Henry has more rushing attempts than Aaron Jones and Austin Ekeler combined. With this kind of usage, it’s hard to bet the under on a Derrick Henry prop bet. The only thing that can stop him is a negative game script. If Tennessee goes down big early, they may be forced to abandon the running game.
Buffalo Knows the Titans Want To Run the Ball
Derrick Henry is averaging 128 yards per game on the ground. However, the Buffalo Bills are giving up just 74 rushing yards per game. That’s the third-best mark in the NFL.
The Titans’ coaching staff knows that the only way for Tennessee to win this game is to drain the clock and keep the explosive Buffalo offense off the field. At the same time, Buffalo knows that the Titans need Henry to produce to have a shot in this game. Henry will likely be going up against stacked boxes on every rushing attempt.
Despite every team in the league knowing that Tennessee wants to run the ball, Derrick Henry has continued to set records. In the past 40 games, Henry has had more rushing yards than any other player in NFL history over a 40-game span. So there’s little reason to doubt him at this point.
Predicting Derrick Henry’s Production in Week 6
One thing that’s working in the Titan’s favor this week is that the Bills are in a big letdown spot. Buffalo is coming off a massive win over the Chiefs on national television. They now have to go on the road and take on the most dominant rushing attack in the NFL.
If Tennessee can keep it close in the first half, Derrick Henry will receive enough touches to produce. Any Tennessee sports betting fans interested in betting on this game can head to BetMGM for the latest NFL lines and betting odds. Creating an account is easy, and with a simple-to-use interface and quick payouts, betting from your living room has never been easier.