The Titans rumbled to a 27-10 victory in their first preseason game over the Chargers behind their new look backfield that amassed 288 yards on the ground. Insert "Thunder and Thunder," the new nickname for the running back tandem of DeMarco Murray and rookie running back Derrick Henry out of Alabama. The two combined for 167 yards of the 288 total rushing yards. Murray for 93 and Henry for 74.
This will likely be a good, early test for Sean McDermott's run defense that finished ranked fourth in the NFL against the rushing allowing just 88.4 yards per game. It will also be a good chance to see the Panthers first round pick Vernon Butler go up against Derrick Henry, who a lot of fans were hoping the Panthers would take with their first round pick.
Murray is just two years removed from an 1,800+ yard season with Dallas before signing with Philly and ultimately not being used correctly in Chip Kelly's system. He was then traded to the Titans to try and get back on pace. Derrick Henry is coming off a Heisman trophy and national championship winning season at Alabama where grinder out 2, 219 yards and 28 touchdowns in 2015. No, that wasn't a typo, really 28. At 6'3" and 242 pounds, he is not the easiest guy to bring down. Oh yeah, he can also move for that size too. Clocking in a 4.54 forty time at the NFL combine.
So, keep an eye on the front seven in this match up for the first few series that they may be in for. May also be a good opportunity to see how the rookie corners stack up against the run.