If You're a Former All-Pro DB Who Wears #29 Derrick Henry Will Gladly Embarrass You on a National Stage
Last night the undefeated Tennessee Titans hosted the then undefeated Buffalo Bills in only the 2nd NFL contest held on a Tuesday night since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger. Before yesterday, it had been nearly a decade since our last Tuesday night NFL experience when the Minnesota Vikings, led by rookie QB/WR/ATH Joe Webb upset the eventual (maybe they already clinched at this point?) NFC East Champion Philadelphia Eagles 24-14 on TUESDAY December 28th, 2010.
This is why blog research is so important!!! I could've sworn that game was postponed because of the Metrodome's collapse.
When it reality it was just because of some bitch ass blizzard. Philly is so tough that they'll throw up on you in a crowd to assert dominance, but they can't handle a little foot and a half of snow? They didn't postpone the Ice Bowl, Roger! We know Rozelle would've played.
Here's a little history behind Tuesday Night Football h/t Sporting News.
To find the last time an NFL game was played on Tuesday, one has to go back a decade when the Minnesota Vikings played the Eagles Philadelphia on December 28, 2010. Originally scheduled for Sunday, the NFL opted to postpone the game by two days—bizarrely, according to Pro Football Reference data, the game started at the unusual time of 8:06 p.m. ET—because a winter storm was zeroing in on Philadelphia.
The New York Times reported at the time that "as much as 18 inches [of snow] had been expected at the stadium, but there was only 12." The storm may not have been as bad as initially feared, but it did enough to derail the Eagles who, despite being 14.5-point favorites, lost 24-14 to Minnesota as Vikings rookie quarterback Joe Webb made his first career start.
Prior to that, the NFL had only ever played on a Tuesday night at the beginning of the 1946 season. As was the case 74 years later, weather conditions again were the reason behind the unusual scheduling as heavy rain forced the league to postpone the season opener between the Boston Yanks and New York Giants to October 1, 1946. Unlike the Eagles, the Yanks were not fazed by the postponement and ran out 17-0 winner in front of the home fans at Braves Field.
As for the game itself; the Titans destroyed the Bills 42-16. Yay! Scoragami!
I only watched the first half because my house is rewatching the Sopranos and Jennifer Melfi > games I don't have action on. (Yes, I know the #TooManyLegs teaser lost on Sunday)
If you missed the game, there's really only one play from Tuesday night that you need to know about and it's Derrick Henry's absolute sonning/big dicking/emasculation of Bills CB Josh Norman.
Josh Norman certainly isn't the same caliber player he was in Carolina where earned 1st Team All-Pro honors during the 2015 Panthers 15-1, NFC Championship campaign, but this dude is still a professional athlete. Tractorcito ran him over like Mrs Doubtfires' mask.
My grandma used to tell me "it's time to get vertical" when I would sleep until 2:30 pm after staying up until 5:00 am watching Pants off Dance off on FUSE, so I know a thing or too about spending too much time horizontally, but never have I seen a defender fully off the ground like this.
That man is fully horizontal. As my grandma would say, it's time to get vertical Josh! What's crazy about Derrick Henry and his dominance is that you don't have look too far back to the last time he absolutely demolished a former All-Pro defensive back who wears #29; it's becoming a regular prime time occurrence for the 2015 Heisman winner. In what ended up being his final game as a Baltimore Raven, Earl Thomas got more embarrassed than a good samaritan who's curious about a hit and run by Derrick Henry in the 2019 Divisional Playoffs.
At least Earl Thomas didn't say anything about how the Ravens would handle Henry before this live metaphorical castration. It's a good thing Eric Berry is out of the league too or else Derrick Henry would literally try to fold him in half and stick him in his back pocket like a love note from your secret goth girlfriend that you don't want your hockey teammates in the next row to see. #highschool. I'd love to see what Adrian Beltre would do if Derrick Henry tried to touch his head.
The 2010 Philadelphia Eagles clinched the NFC East in week 15 when the Giants lost to the Packers, so they were already NFC East champs when they took the field that Tuesday night.
I am legally obligated to post Derrick Henry's frankly irresponsible high school numbers. 462 carries!!!