3 questions Bengals must answer in divisional round vs. Titans

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Can King Henry be stopped?

Good question, right? Derrick Henry is a 6’4″, 240-pound monster of a man, with exceptional speed and quickness of a much smaller back. However, there’s a good chance if you are reading this you probably already know who he is.

The better question is can the Bengals stop him? Henry hasn’t played since early November when he broke a small bone in his foot in a freak play. After a screw was placed in his foot, which is still there, Henry set out rehabbing with a playoff return in mind. Guess he was right.

Saturday against the Bengals’ suddenly undermanned defensive line, Derrick Henry is expected to play for the first time since before Thanksgiving. That seems like a long time ago, doesn’t it? Well, it’s been barely more than two months. That’s a crazy quick turnaround for a man of this size and a foot injury.

Many experts and pundits alike expect Henry to roll off the team bus and have 25 carries and 150 yards. I say hold up. Henry has looked great in practice this week and seems ready to roll, but is it realistic to expect him to dominate right off the couch?

Even though the Bengals are down Larry Ogunjobi, (side note, my kids got me a Cameo birthday greeting from Ogunjobi. Seems like a great dude), and are also a bit banged up at defensive end and in the secondary.

If the Bengals can come out fast and put Tennessee in a hole, they can take the ball out of King Henry’s hands. Hold Henry to 12-15 carries and put the game on Ryan Tannehill’s shoulders and the Bengals can get a leg up on dethroning King Henry.