The Kansas City Chiefs clearly came into their Week 7 game aiming to shut down Derrick Henry. The Tennessee Titans clearly were prepared for that. And they had a changeup ready.
The Titans gave Henry the ball six times on their eight-play touchdown drive to open the game. But they did it creatively: Sure, there were four inside handoffs to Henry, along with one short swing pass, as the Titans roamed down the field easily.
Once they got within sniffing distance of the end zone, however, the Titans mixed things up.
Hearkening back to the Titans' stirring playoff victory over the Baltimore Ravens in the 2019 season, the Titans called on Henry to throw a pass instead. Henry lofted his pass to tight end MyCole Pruitt for an early 7-0 Tennessee lead.
Is there anything this man can't do? Henry came into Sunday with back-to-back three-TD games and is starting to receive some serious early MVP mention.
It was Henry's first regular-season TD pass of his career but the second overall. His 3-yard pass to Corey Davis against a good Baltimore team in the postseason seemed to put Henry's stardom on another level. He also rushed for 195 yards on 30 carries in that game.
Henry led the NFL in rushing in 2019, just as he did in 2020. He entered Week 7 leading the league in rush yards.
And now he's atop the passer-rating list, too, provided we allow no minimum in pass attempts.