VIDEO: Mike Keith talks Titans and NFL season expansion

And how Derrick Henry can use the extra game to his advantage
Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry (22) celebrates with teammate Ryan Tannehill,...
Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry (22) celebrates with teammate Ryan Tannehill, right, after scoring on a 1-yard touchdown run during the second half of an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Minneapolis.(AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn)
Published: Mar. 31, 2021 at 9:53 PM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - This is the first expansion of the NFL regular season since a 16 game schedule was implemented back in 1978. The league went from 14 to 16 games back then and now the NFL has decided to do away with one of the four preseason games and play a 17 game regular season.

This decision is the first such change in 43 years, it’s also one which could have an impact on existing records. Yes, the extra game could very well impact single-season records, especially those of the passing variety.

Vol legend Peyton Manning holds the single season mark for passing years with 5,477, which he set with the Denver Broncos back in 2013. Quarterbacks have thrown for over 5,000 yards in a season 12 times, 10 of those have come in the past 10 years. So, it is not out of the realm of possibility that an extra game could very well give a gifted passing quarterback a chance to break Peyton’s record.

What about Eric Dickerson’s rushing mark of 2,105 set way back in 1984? Adrian Peterson and Derrick Henry have challenged Dickerson’s mark for most rushing yards in a season. Henry ran for 2,027 yards in 2020. A 17th game would absolutely have allowed the Titans star to challenge the record. WVLT’s Rick Russo spoke with the Voice of the Titans, play-by-play announcer Mike Keith about the impact an extra game might have on the league and individual players like Derrick Henry:

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