Packers: Five players key to victory in Week 16 vs. Titans

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Green Bay Packers, Kenny Clark
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4. Kenny Clark/Dean Lowry

A big reason why the defense’s run game has improved is because the play of Kenny Clark and Dean Lowry.

Both have picked up their game and if you take a look at Clark’s history, he loves playing in December.

Clark seems to get stronger as the weather gets colder and will be a huge factor in holding Henry to a quiet game. If Clark can keep the linemen off of Barnes and Martin, the defense should have success limiting the Titans’ run game.

Clark can also collapse the pocket and help the pass rush if the Packers get ahead.

He won’t be able to do it alone. His partner in crime, Dean Lowry, will also need to continue his solid play. We should see more base defense, as well, meaning Kingsley Keke will also need to be a solid contributor.

The likelihood, though, is we will see a lot of “big nickel” with Martin, Barnes and two linemen with the Smiths (Preston and Za’Darius) as well as Rashan Gary, with Lowry and Clark getting the majority of snaps.

Henry will do most of his damage if he’s able to get into the secondary. He’s much bigger than the defensive backs trying to tackle him, so limiting how much he gets to the second level will fall on Clark and Lowry.