Raiders are challenged to stop Titans RB Derrick Henry

Henderson, Nevada (AFP) – Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Jayon Brown is looking forward to his return to Nashville, where he spent the first five years of his career with the Tennessee Titans.

Playing against former teammate Derek Henry – that’s another story.

“Derek is a big guy, a downhill runner, very physically fit, one of the best linebackers in the league – if not the best in the league,” Brown said. “We have to slide down a slope and tackle it.”

Henry, the second-best NFL rider since entering the league in 2016 with 6,904 yards, isn’t the Raiders’ only (0-2) problem as they search for their first win, but it could be the biggest.

The Titans (0-2) are also looking for their first win, while Henry is looking for his first game at 100 yards after hitting the mark in 20 of his 30 games prior to this season.

“I think we all know what we have to do,” Henry said. “We know it wasn’t our standard, the success we’ve had in the past, and we have to be better. And I think we all know that. We need to have a sense of urgency and that’s what we’re all focused on. I think the sense of urgency rises and you get to a level you just want at some point and that’s It is my main focus.”

The Raiders’ defense ruptured for 768 yards in two games, its 10th in the league — including 413 by Arizona last Sunday, when Las Vegas blew up a 20-point lead for the first time in franchise history and lost in overtime. The Cardinals rushed for 143 yards, plus an unlikely two-point conversion scramble by quarterback Keeler Murray covered a total distance of 84.9 yards, according to NFL Next Gen Stats.

While Murray is elusive with his ability to scramble, Henry is an entirely different chore, going forward in a deliberate and violent manner.