Don’t look now but the Green Bay Packers are the hottest team in the NFC and the current top seed with just two games left on the schedule. The Packers have had their ups and downs this season but down the stretch they have shown how dominant they can be and Aaron Rodgers is showing that he is still a quarterback that can torture defenses.
The Packers will have their hands full this week as they take on a Tennessee Titans team that is coming in on a two-game streak and they are trying to hold onto that first place spot in the AFC South. They are tied with the Colts in record but have a slight advantage with a division record.
Green Bay is coming off a relatively easy win against the Carolina Panthers who have been a huge disappointment this season with first year head coach Matt Rhule from Baylor and quarterback Teddy Bridgewater who was given a sizable contract in the offseason to be the QB for the next three years. Green Bay used their run game to dominate but it wasn’t a crazy win by any means.
On the other hand, the Titans absolutely embarrassed the Detroit Lions at home as they put up 46 points and reminded the Lions that even without Matt Patricia, they are still a bad team. The Titans got 147 yards from Derrick Henry and Ryan Tannehill scored three touchdowns to give them a huge win to stay alive. They needed it badly as the Texans nearly knocked off the Indianapolis Colts but Indy was able to force a fumble and stay alive.
This game is going to feature to very good offenses that are ranked in the top 10 coupled with two defenses that are very middle of the pack if not below average. The Packers will have an upper hand in this one as the Titans defense is far inferior to that of the Packers.
The other plus for Green Bay is that they get to play this game at home where they are 6-1 on the season and as the cold weather moves in, it seems like this is the point in the year where the Packers only get better. Green Bay’s defense ranks 11th in rushing so that will be the key for them to zone in on a win against a team led by their running back.
Titans Players to Watch:
Tennessee Titans, Derrick Henry: For that reason exactly, Henry is the most important player on the field in this game. If there is a flaw for the Packers, it lies in their rushing defense and if Henry can get going, he is hard to stop. The Packers can hang around but it’s up to Henry to put it away.
Packers Players to Watch:
Green Bay Packers, Allen Lazard: Aaron Rodgers is a ridiculous quarterback that makes guys around him better. He has learned to love Robert Tunyan and obviously Davante Adams is a stud, but if the Packers can really get Allen Lazard going, it’ll make this team even scarier.
Titans vs Packers Prediction:
Titans 22 Packers 26
By: Matt Lively CruelFan.com