Green Bay’s biggest test down the stretch comes to Titletown for a frigid battle in primetime. Tennessee is eager to make their place in the postseason while the Packers have yet to clinch the #1 seed and can do so Sunday with a victory and a Seattle Stink-hawks loss to the Los Angeles Rams. There are multiple scenarios for Tennessee to clinch playoffs with a chance at winning the AFC South if they are victorious at Lambeau along with a Colts loss to a teetering Pittsburgh team.
Both teams are coming off wins with Titans pouring on points against the hobbled Lions while Green Bay hung on to beat an overachieving Panthers game. Sunday’s star-studded matchup will be a points bonanza as both teams have too much firepower to contain compared to their defensive counterparts. Green Bay will be able to strike often through the air while the Titans are going to stuff Derrick Henry down the Packers gullets. Packer faithful are nervous for the latter as the defense has let worse running backs carve them out although Green Bay somehow has found a way to win ugly games and Sunday figures to be exactly that. Coach LaFleur has familiarity with many players and coaches in Tennessee from his tenure as offensive coordinator.
MVP candidate Aaron Rodgers has a premium chance at catching the eyes of voters as he gets the Sunday Night primetime game to showcase his gift to the world. Tennessee comes into Green Bay after being tested through the air by Matt Stafford. The performance was not comparable to what Rodgers can do. That is no slight to Stafford because he is extremely tough playing through pain at a high level all while avoiding the itch to retire early. Stafford went off for 252 yards before Chase Daniel came in to throw for another 55 yards. Secondary hasn’t been the strength of the Titans defense that features a mean front 7 that cant get pressure without solid coverage on the backend. Titans rank 27th in points allowed to QBs by way of being 26th in yards allowed and 28th in TDs allowed to the position. Matchup has shootout written all over it.
Aaron Rodgers: 350 Yards and 4 TDs
With Jamaal Williams expected to be out, Aaron Jones will have to shoulder the load in the RB matchup of the year. May be possible we see additional work for Derrick Henry Lite in AJ Dillon. LaFleur’s tendency to use multiple backs essentially guarantees some workload breaks but volume will depend on game flow. If the passing game is lights out, no point in taking the foot off the gas after last weeks sputtering in the 2nd half. Coach LaFleur has embodied humility and wears blame openly when he feels things have gone sideways for the offense. Expect him to keep Aaron Jones utilized in a variety of ways. Mike Vrabel’s defense is 25th in points allowed to RBs although they are 15th in yards per carry and 14th in yards. They’ve struggled to keep RBs out of the endzone as their defense surrenders the 7th most rushing TDs and 3rd most receiving TDs to the position.
Aaron Jones: 85 yards 1 Rushing & 1 Receiving TD
Adams struggled to get going last week with a strict gameplan to take him out and keep the entire Packers offense in front of them. Credit to the Panthers defense for swarming and only getting melted in the first half. Tennessee wont be able to contain the leagues best wide receiver. After 15 weeks, Tennessee is giving up the 6th most TDs to WRs in addition to the 5th most yards accounting for 6th most points to the position. Last week, Titans gave up 10 catches and 112 yards to Marvin Jones Jr. They are giving up the 6th lowest yards per throw so most of the damage seems to be happening after the catch and Davante is a world beater in that category.
Davante: 12 Catches for 145 yards and 1 TD
Tennesse has the 4th highest catch percentage to TEs and Bobby’s pro bowl slight is sure to encourage Rodgers to stat pad his young pass catcher. Their defense is 19th in yards and 16th in TDs given up to normal TEs but as we know Bobby is just a big slot receiver at this point that also blocks with authority.
Bobby Tonyan: 4 passes for 35 yards and 1 TD
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MVS and Lazard figure to see plenty of opportunities especially if Tennessee commits to shading their efforts towards Davante.
Hopefully low tackles because trying to tackle Derrick Henry in the chest is a death sentence.
Hard to see this game end up in a low scoring affair unless the weather turns for the worse and turnovers become a problem. Both electric offenses figure to showcase under the lights with the Packers gaining the advantage at home. Sure Derrick Henry will find his success and so will resurgent Ryan Tannehill but ultimately it will be a great show for both offenses. Winner of this high momentum game could see this as the catalyst for a Super Bowl run.
Green Bay wins a back-and-forth thriller 38-34
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