Asked about the challenge of containing the Tennessee Titans’ bruising running back in Saturday’s AFC divisional-round game, the Baltimore Ravens safety threw a bit of shade towards the eliminated Patriots.
“I think [Titans quarterback Ryan] Tannehill threw probably like 17 times last game for like 75 yards in a playoff game and they still won. That’s a credit to how hard he’s running and their o-line.”
Tannehill completed just 8 of 15 passes for 72 yards and a touchdown, but he didn’t need to do much as Henry ran for a touchdown and 182 yards, which is the most rushing yards ever allowed by a Bill Belichick defense in the playoffs.
“He’s a cutback runner. He’s very patient. He’ll find creases,” Thomas said, before taking a not-so-subtle jab at Patriots defenders. “And guys didn’t seem like they were too interested in tackling him. I think our mindset is a little different. We’re gonna try to tackle him, try to swarm and we going to see how it plays out.”
Henry led the NFL in rushing yards (1,540) during the regular season. The Ravens will do everything in their power to stop the 6-foot-3, 247-pound back.
“[Stopping Henry is] a big challenge,” Ravens cornerback Marlon Humphrey said of the fellow Alabama alum. “Seeing him against the Patriots, it looked like he was back at ’Bama when he won the Heisman. It’s going to take all 11. He led the league in yards. Shoot, I mean, he’s been doing his thing. I’m happy for what he’s done, I just hope we can get him to the ground this Saturday.”
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