Week 16: Tennessee Titans
It’s clear how the Packers will aim to win this game. It’s also obvious what the Tennessee Titans‘ game plan will be.
For Green Bay, it will be about being explosive on offense, scoring quickly and forcing Tennessee to move away from its dominant ground game. For the road team, it will be leaning on Derrick Henry and dominating up front against a struggling run defense.
This game will also depend on which version of the Titans turn up. They made a 5-0 start but have gone 3-4 since then, with their defense struggling in many of those games.
The Cleveland Browns showed how to beat the Titans. Get a stop or two early (a fumble on the Titans’ second drive helped), and build a lead. With the first play of the second quarter, Cleveland took a 17-0 lead. At halftime, the score was 38-7.
Needless to say, the Titans couldn’t commit to the run game as much as they’d like to with Henry only having 15 carries.
On the other side, the Titans will point to the Minnesota Vikings’ win at Lambeau Field as a perfect example of how to beat the Packers. Run, run, and run some more.
This is a tough game to predict. But given how well Aaron Rodgers is playing, I’m going with the Packers to build a lead against a defense ranked 25th in the NFL and 28th against the pass. No team has allowed more passing touchdowns than Tennessee.
Prediction: Green Bay 35, Tennessee 27 (12-3)