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Derrick Henry leads the Titans to beat the Colts for the highest run total of the season


Derrick Henry rushed for a season-high 114 yards and a touchdown, and Tennessee’s defense held on Sunday night to preserve the Titans’ 24-17 win.

Tennessee (2-2) has won a franchise-record four straight in the series and has improved to 11-2 against AFC South opponents since 2020.

Indy (1-2-1) has one win in its last six games and blew three scoring chances late that could have cut the deficit to less than seven.

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Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry moves past Indianapolis Colts safety Rodney Thomas II to score a touchdown in the first half of an NFL football game in Indianapolis, Fla., on Sunday, Oct. 2, 2022.
(AP Photo/AJ Mast)

The Titans followed a familiar script by leaning heavily on the two-time NFL rushing champion early on and held on despite going scoreless in the second half for the second week in a row.

Henry broke a bone in his right foot during last season’s trip to Indy and didn’t look like himself in the first three games.

But on Sunday, her bruised style came back with a bang. Against the No. 3 rushing defense in the league, Henry topped the 100-yard mark for the fifth time in six games against Indy and needed only one half to do so as the Titans took a commanding 24-3 lead.

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Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill walks away from Indianapolis Colts defensive end Tyquan Lewis in the first half of an NFL football game in Indianapolis, Fla., Sunday, Oct. 2, 2022. .

Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill walks away from Indianapolis Colts defensive end Tyquan Lewis in the first half of an NFL football game in Indianapolis, Fla., Sunday, Oct. 2, 2022. .
(AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Tennessee converted Matt Ryan’s fumble on Indy’s opening drive into Ryan Tannehill’s 7-yard touchdown pass to Robert Woods and Henry made it 14-0 when he fumbled a defender in the backfield and ran 19 yards to the end zone.

After exchanging field goals, Tannehill found Chig Okonkwo on an 8-yard TD pass to make it 24-3.

The Colts responded with Ryan’s 14-yard TD pass to Mo Alie-Cox and cut the deficit to 24-17 when Ryan and Alie-Cox hit another TD pass midway through the third quarter.

But a sack got Indy out of field goal range on the final play of the third quarter, Jonathan Taylor fumbled on the Colts’ ensuing drive and Chase McLaughlin missed a 51-yard field goal with 1:58 left. .

INJURY REPORT

Titans: Starting linebacker Zach Cunningham (elbow) and starting safety Amani Hooker (concussion) missed the game. Linebacker Bud Dupree returned but re-injured his hip in the first half. Rookie wide receiver Treylon Burks did not return after being taken to the locker room in the second half with a right foot injury.

Colts: Three-time All-Pro linebacker Shaquille Leonard (back surgery) made his season debut, but he didn’t last long. He went to the locker room after colliding with a teammate in the second quarter and was diagnosed with a concussion. Taylor, the reigning rushing champion, left late with an ankle injury.

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Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. attempts a catch off Tennessee Titans safety Kevin Byard in the first half of an NFL football game in Indianapolis, Fla., on Sunday, Oct. 2 2022. The pass was declared incomplete.

Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. attempts a catch off Tennessee Titans safety Kevin Byard in the first half of an NFL football game in Indianapolis, Fla., on Sunday, Oct. 2 2022. The pass was declared incomplete.
(AP Photo/AJ Mast)

UNTIL NEXT TIME

Titans: Head to Washington next Sunday.

Colts: Visit Denver on Thursday night.



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