Sunday Night Football Preview: Titans vs Packers

The Tennessee Titans come into Sunday night with a chance to lock up the AFC South after the Colts lost to the Steelers earlier in the day. The Titans offense has been on fire as of late, scoring more than 30 points in each of the last five games and now lead the NFL in points per game. The success of the Tennessee offense can be directly attributed to Derrick Henry who is looking to take home the leagues rushing crown for the second straight year. Henry is only 321 yards away from being just the 8th running back in NFL history to rush for over 2,000 yards in a season. The downhill runner has also opened up the downfield passing game for Ryan Tannehill. Tannehill is having the best season of his 8 year career with 31 touchdowns to only 5 interceptions. 8 of those passing touchdowns have come in just the last 3 games. Tannehill has proven to not only be a great game manager but a game changer in important situations.


With a win Sunday night and a Seahawks loss to the Rams, the Green Bay Packers can clinch the #1 overall seed in the NFC and secure the ever so important first round bye in the playoffs. The Packers will need Aaron Rodgers to continue his MVP form if they want to beat a tough Titans team. Rodgers has now tied his career high in touchdown passes at 40, and has only thrown 4 interceptions all year. Rodgers has 3+ touchdown passes in 4 of Green Bay's last 5 games. The Packers defense has played better as of late as well, allowing less than 16 points in 2 of the last 3. RB Aaron Jones has been having his best season of his young career, sitting 5th in the league in rush yards and now has 8 rushing touchdowns. Jones will be very important in early down situations, allowing Rodgers to take advantage of the leagues worst 3rd down defense in the league.

The weather is going to be a factor Sunday night, with snow and below freezing temperatures expected. To me, the bad weather actually benefits the Titans more than it does the Packers. I know Aaron Rodgers has had some of his best games in a freezing cold Lambeau Field, but those games didn't include Derrick Henry. Henry is already nearly impossible to tackle in a normal game, I can only imagine how much it will hurt trying to tackle him in the snow. I expect Henry to have another superb day and rush for nearly 200 yards. Titans win in a low scoring, run heavy game that includes a number of turnovers by both teams. Titans win 20-17.


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