The Saints vs. Titans game in Week 10 will be Tennessee’s second game without Derrick Henry. NFL betting lines from BetMGM have the Titans favored by three points. While the Tennessee Titans have shown they can win without Henry, Tennessee is undoubtedly hoping to get their best player back before the playoffs start.
Read on to find out if Henry has a chance to get back on the field in time for the AFC playoffs.
Henry Could Be Back as Soon as Week 14
According to reports from Ian Rapoport, Derrick Henry should miss 6-10 weeks with his foot injury. This timeline has him returning sometime between Week 14 and Week 17. Of course, Henry will have to avoid any setbacks if he wants to return before the start of the playoffs.
While nobody in Tennessee is happy that Derrick Henry has to miss the second half of the season, it’s interesting to think about what a fully rested Henry can accomplish in the playoffs.
Henry came out of the gate hot this year, rushing for over 125 yards in four of the Titans’ first six games. That kind of production came at a steep price, though; Henry had 28 or more attempts in all but two of the games he played in before his injury.
The Tennessee Titans Have Plenty of Winnable Games Left
The Titans were able to ride Henry to six wins early on in the season, and they secured another victory last week in his absence. Even if the team only goes .500 down the stretch without Henry, that would put Tennessee at 11-6. The Colts are the Titans’ only real competition in the AFC South, and Indianapolis is sitting three games behind Tennessee for the division lead.
The Titans still have two games against the 2-7 Texans. The Titans still have two games against the 2-7 Texans. Mike Vrabel and his team also play the Jaguars and Dolphins in the second half of the season, teams with little left to play for besides draft position.
The Titans Need To Find a Way To Run Without Henry
Tennessee does have three games left against teams with winning records, one of which is their Week 10 matchup against the New Orleans Saints. In the Saints vs. Titans game, the Titans will get another chance to prove their running game can function without Derrick Henry on the field.
The Titans running game didn’t do much against the Rams in Week 9, as Jeremy McNichols, Adrian Peterson, and D’Onta Foreman ran for just 74 yards combined.
Reviewing Derrick Henry’s Odds of Returning Before Week 17
Derrick Henry is one of those running backs that defies everyone’s expectations. So it wouldn’t surprise anyone if he came back before the end of the season.
That said, the Tennessee Titans could have a playoff spot wrapped up by Week 14 or 15, in which case they would probably rest Henry until the playoffs.
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