Scout's Take: Against Chiefs, Derrick Henry showed patience, then burst

By BLAKE BEDDINGFIELD, special contributor

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Titans were playing short-handed on defense against one of the most prolific scoring teams in the NFL. Being without DT Jurrell Casey, LB Jayon Brown and CB Malcolm Butler was huge going against a passing offense like the Chiefs’.TannehillYellChiefs

The Titans have benefited from some of the more unique plays and calls throughout the season and this game just added to that list.

  • Rarely does a snapper snap a ball when the holder is not ready on a field goal try (vs. Chiefs).
  • Rarely does an entire kicking unit not move on the snap of the ball (vs Chiefs).
  • Rarely does a tackle, fumble and TD get brought back because of a blown whistle (vs Buccaneers).
  • Rarely do two consecutive game-ending touchdown runs get reversed and taken off the board (vs. Chargers).
  • Rarely does every active offensive lineman (seven) play against you during a game (vs. Browns, vs. Jaguars, vs. Chargers. (Since that one happened three times this season maybe it isn’t so rare!)

But it doesn’t matter how it happens, it is just good to have it happen for your benefit.

The Titans have been very good at ignoring the circumstances around them and focusing on the next play.

The ending of the Chargers game was a great example of that, but the Chiefs game showed the ability to keep competing whether it was the go-ahead score or the blocked field goal to end the game.

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