June 23, 2024
Chargers linebacker Kyle Van Noy sacks Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill in 2022.

The Chargers sacked Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill four times during their 17-14 victory last season.

(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

While the Chargers enter Sunday hoping for a bounce-back game from their pass defense, Tennessee might be readying to unleash a furious ground game with Derrick Henry. One of the NFL’s biggest bruisers, Henry carried only 15 times in Week 1, gaining 63 yards. He also caught two passes for 56 yards on a day when the Titans failed to score a touchdown in a 16-15 loss at New Orleans. Staley called Henry “one of the big engines for their offense,” a fact Henry proved nine months ago at SoFi Stadium by totaling 163 scrimmage yards (104 rushing, 59 receiving). Another reason Tennessee could be looking to run Henry more in its home opener: Quarterback Ryan Tannehill completed fewer than half his passes (16 of 34) and had three intercepted last weekend. Tannehill has reached 300 yards passing 25 times in his career but only once over his last 19 games. Then again, having witnessed the Chargers’ dreadful attempt to stop the Dolphins and quarterback Tua Tagovailoa in Week 1, perhaps coach Mike Vrabel will give Tannehill the bigger bounce-back opportunity.

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