Breaking down Derrick Henry’s ancient 2,000-yard speeding season for Titans

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Derrick Henry needed 223 speeding yards in Week 17 to hit the 2,000-yard mark for the season. No sing — the Titans big title ran for 250.

That made Henry the eighth working abet in NFL historical past to hit 2,000 yards on the bottom in a single season. Henry finished Sunday with 34 carries for 250 yards and two touchdowns. On account of Henry’s monster day, Tennessee clinched the AFC South title with a 41-38 have interaction over the Colts.

For the second-straight year, Henry claimed the NFL speeding crown, and he’s now phase of a legendary eight-participant checklist, too.

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How many working backs beget had 2,000 yards in NFL historical past?

Henry is the eighth working abet in NFL historical past to urge for 2,000 yards in a season. Right here is the total checklist, sorted by yardage whole:

  • Eric Dickerson (1984) – 2,105
  • Adrian Peterson (2012) – 2,097
  • Jamal Lewis (2003) – 2,066
  • Barry Sanders (1997) – 2,053
  • Derrick Henry (2020) – 2,027
  • Terrell Davis (1998) – 2,008
  • Chris Johnson (2009) – 2,006
  • O.J. Simpson (1973) – 2,003

Henry joined Johnson as Titans representatives on the 2,000-yard checklist, making Tennessee basically the most fundamental group with two gamers on the checklist, and Johnson gave a shoutout on Twitter on Sunday.

Exceeding expectations

While no longer one in every of the assorted 2,000-yard speeding seasons had the NFL’s Subsequent Gen Stats to give statistical gemstones, Henry’s did, and he dominated the league in a single allege class. 

In 2020, Henry led working backs in “yards over anticipated” with a +412 whole. He compiled a +211 in opposition to the Texans alone, bigger than all but four working backs compiled all season. 

Derrick Henry eclipsed the 2,000 speeding-yard-mark on the season in at the moment time’s 250-yard performance in opposition to the Texans.

Henry led all RB in speeding yards over anticipated this season (+412), selecting up +211 vs HOU alone (best 4 assorted RB had that many all season).#TENvsHOU | #Titans pic.twitter.com/nFyUPwLOLv

— Subsequent Gen Stats (@NextGenStats) January 4, 2021

Derrick Henry profession-highs across the board

Henry had a excessive-pause speeding season in 2019, striking collectively the solid attain he had in 2018 across a total slate of games. That resulted in 1,540 speeding yards and 16 TDs on the bottom, both league bests.

In 2020, even supposing, Henry went above and beyond even his beget accomplishments. He situation profession-highs in carries (378), speeding yards (2,027), speeding TDs (17) alongside with receptions (19).

Ending solid

The worn wisdom about Henry is that his 6-3, 247-pound body will get stronger because the season goes on and defenders are gentle down. That became the case in 2020, as Henry closed with 710 yards across his final four games to surpass the 2K mark.

In those final four games, Henry averaged 6.6 yards per carry and rushed for five touchdowns. Henry’s 227 speeding yards in Week 17 had been basically the most in a finale to top 2,000 yards out of any of the eight gamers on the checklist. Solely Simpson also ran for as a minimum 200 yards within the final sport of the season to attain the milestone. 

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