Tennessee Titans vs. Green Bay Packers Game Preview and Prediction

Patrick McDermott/Getty Images

Tennessee Titans vs. Green Bay Packers Game Preview and Prediction

Football

Tennessee Titans vs. Green Bay Packers Game Preview and Prediction

By

Patrick McDermott/Getty Images

This week’s Thursday Night Football game will feature two teams coming into the game after securing a victory in Week 10. The Tennessee Titans were able to beat the Denver Broncos in a game led by their defense. The Green Bay Packers, on the other hand, broke their five game losing streak with a victory over the Dallas Cowboys in a game where the offense led them to the win. Before the game kicks off, it is time to break down the matchup and predict the winner. 

Against the Cowboys, the Packers found themselves down 28-14 entering the fourth quarter, an area they had become accustomed to over the last few weeks. This time though, they were able to dig themselves out of it as Christian Watson started to emerge into a star. Watson had been having a quiet season with some rookie errors and missing time due to injury, this game though seemed like everything started to come together. He had four receptions for 107 yards and three touchdowns, Watson is on his way to becoming a guy for Aaron Rodgers to rely on. Rodgers was able to have his best game of the season since the Week Three game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, as he completed 70% of his passes for 224 yards and the three touchdowns.

With Rodgers finding his groove in the passing game, it could lead to trouble for the Titans. Their secondary has allowed the third most passing yards with 2,453 on the season, which have turned into 16 touchdowns. To help out the secondary, the Titans will need their defensive line to keep up their dominance. Last week against the Broncos, they sacked Russell Wilson six times and now have 29 on the season. Denico Autry leads the team with seven, followed by Rashad Weaver and Jeffery Simmons, who both have 5.5. They have also done a good job of consistently getting pressure, as they lead the NFL in pressures with 103 this season. The Packers offensive line has been a rollercoaster this season, with up-and-down performances. They held up well last week against the Cowboys, allowing only two sacks, but on the season have allowed 20 sacks and 73 pressures. 

The Titans’ offense got Ryan Tannehill back last week after he missed two games with an ankle injury. In his return, he completed 19-of-36 passes for 255 yards and two touchdowns. It was an unusual game that saw Tannehill and the passing attack have to take the charge on offense, as the Broncos held Derrick Henry to only 53 yards on 19 attempts. When it comes to stopping the run it is something the Packers have been generous with this season allowing the fifth most rush yards with 1,406 and 4.8 yards per attempt. 

Henry will need to be a major part of the offensive production for the Titans, as the Packers have a tough secondary to go against. While they have allowed 13 touchdowns, they have limited opponents to the fifth least passing yards with 1,797 while also having seven interceptions. Last week they were able to intercept Dak Prescott twice, and while Tannehill has only thrown three interceptions, if the Packers get pressure on him, they could force Tannehill to throw passes they can turn into turnovers. 

Both the Packers and Titans are averaging under 19 points per game, so expect this game to be close and low scoring as well. In the end though on a short week with momentum on their side the advantage goes to the Packers.  

More The Wright Way Network