Raiders face challenge in stopping Titans RB Derrick Henry

HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) — Las Vegas Raiders linebacker Jayon Brown is having a look ahead to his go back to Nashville, the place he spent the primary 5 years of his profession with the Tennessee Titans.

Playing towards former teammate Derrick Henry — that’s some other tale.

“Derrick’s a big guy, downhill runner, very physical, one of the best backs in the league — if not the best back in the league,” Brown mentioned. “We’ve got to come downhill and tackle him.”

Henry, the NFL’s second-leading rusher since he entered the league in 2016 with 6,904 yards, isn’t the one drawback for the Raiders (0-2) as they seek for their first win, however he may well be the largest.

The Titans (0-2) also are searching for their first victory, whilst Henry is searching for his first 100-yard recreation after achieving the mark in 20 of his earlier 30 video games earlier than this season.

“I think we all know what we need to do,” Henry mentioned. “We know it hasn’t been our standard, the success we had in the past, and we’ve got to be better. I think we all know that. We need to have a sense of urgency and that’s what we all focus on. I think the sense of urgency rises and you get a level that you just want to get it going at some point and that’s my main focus.”

The Raiders’ protection has been shredded for 768 yards in two video games, Tenth-most in the league — together with 413 by way of Arizona ultimate Sunday, when Las Vegas blew a 20-point lead for the primary time in franchise historical past and misplaced in extra time. The Cardinals rushed for 143 yards, plus quarterback Kyler Murray’s fantastic two-point conversion scramble that lined a complete distance of 84.9 yards, in line with NFL Next Gen Stats.

And whilst Murray was once elusive together with his scrambling talent, Henry is a wholly other chore, working immediately forward with a planned and violent means.

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