The Tennessee Titans travel to Green Bay this week to face the Packers on Thursday Night Football from Lambeau Field. The Titans look to keep their two-game lead in the AFC South, while the Packers try not to lose any more ground in the NFC standings.
Packers Not Ready To Give Up On Their Season
Not many experts predicted Green Bay would win last week against the Dallas Cowboys. The Packers’ offense finally produced enough points to help them end their five-game losing streak with a 31-28 victory at home last Sunday. The Dallas defense was supposed to dominate this game but gave up the most points the Packers have scored all season.
Green Bay will be facing a Titans defense that has not given up more than 22 points in any game this season. They held the Denver Broncos to just ten points in their win last week, which is the third time in the last four games they’ve held opponents to that many points. Tennessee also put 18 hits on Russell Wilson last Sunday on the way to sacking him six times.
Aaron Rodgers comes into tonight’s game after facing the best passing defense in the NFL. The Packers ran the ball 39 times against Dallas while only attempting 20 passes. Aaron Jones ran for 138 yards, averaging 5.8 yards per carry, and scored one touchdown. He’s averaging 5.6 yards per carry in 2022. However, it won’t be as easy for him tonight against a Titans defense that’s ranked third in the league, giving up 3.9 yards per carry and only two rushing touchdowns this season.
Titans Look To Put More Pressure On Rodgers
The Titans will try to do better than the Cowboys did last week with their pass rush. Rodgers was only hit three times and sacked twice as Dallas only pressured him on 22.7% of his dropbacks.
Rodgers made the most of his 20 passes and averaged 11.7 yards per attempt while throwing for three touchdowns and no interceptions against the Cowboys in his best performance this season. Tennessee’s secondary has nine interceptions but is 31st in the league, giving up 272.6 yards passing per game.
Green Bay’s main defensive focus will be on the NFL’s second-leading rusher, Derrick Henry. He’s averaging 102.6 yards per game with 4.6 yards per carry and nine touchdowns. However, last week he was held to just 53 yards and less than three yards per carry against the Broncos. The Packers have allowed 5.1 yards per carry to opposing running backs, meaning Henry could have a big game tonight.
Tennessee showed that they didn’t need Henry to rush for 100 yards to win against Denver last week. Ryan Tannehill threw for 255 yards and two touchdowns, both to Nick Westbrook-Ikhine, who finished the game with five receptions for 119 yards.
However, he may not have as much time to throw against the Packers, who blitz on 40% of their defensive snaps. Green Bay holds opposing QBs to less than seven yards per attempt and has given up just 13 touchdowns through the air.
This matchup will be one of the most competitive of Week 11, as many experts predict the difference in the game will be by seven points or less. However, Tennessee should control the clock and come away with a close victory.