Derrick Henry Dominates Jaguars, Jazz Thump Rockets

 | Grace Higgins

Derrick Henry had the night of his career on Thursday night to aid his Tennessee Titans’ fledgling playoff hopes and give them a dominant 30-9 win over the besieged Jacksonville Jaguars in Nashville. Henry finished the night with an incredible 238 yards on the ground and four touchdowns, showing off a world-class stiff arm that would make plenty of bodybuilders jealous of the power of his triceps muscle. On one of the runs, Henry tied the record for the longest rushing touchdown in NFL history by toting the ball 99 yards, pushing off defender after defender as he cruised to the end zone. It was his second touchdown of the night, but he wasn’t done yet. In the third quarter, he would have two TD’s in the blink of an eye seemingly as he ran the second of those in from 54 yards, blazing by everyone and hardly being touched. It was a show of force by Henry, and a heavily-criticized offensive line, that will breed confidence in the team going forward. At 7-6, they can still make the playoffs. The question is whether they are consistent enough to do so and if they are good enough to challenge once they get there.

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The Utah Jazz didn’t let an early ejection of Rudy Gobert to harm their match up with the Houston Rockets one tiny on Thursday night. After getting fined for criticizing referees earlier in the week, Gobert was given the heave-ho when he pitched a fit and slapped a cup off the scorer’s table three minutes into the game. However, like the Atlanta Braves under Bobby Cox years ago, it only seem to drive them forward. The Jazz forced a ridiculous total of 22 turnovers from the Rockets, which in turn led to 33 points for them, and it gave them an easy 118-91 win over the Jazz in the end. Derrick Favors came off the bench and produced the goods by scoring 24 points and grabbing ten boards. Another startling stat: Houston scored just 11, yes 11, points in the third quarter. You might get away with that at the local rec league game, but you won’t win in the NBA with that…