Early Bird Breakdown Week 10 – Packers @ Titans
Hello and welcome back to Early Bird Breakdown for week ten of the regular season for the Packers. Before diving into the game, let’s look at the recap from last week.
Last week Green Bay suffered an upset loss at home to the Indianapolis Colts 31-26. Despite winning the turnover battle and out gaining the Colts in yards, the Packers offense could not get it into the end zone consistently while the Colts were able to score when it counted.
Packers’ Offense vs Titans’ Defense:
The Packers face a much better defense than last week, but it should not be anything to get worried about as they are the definition of average, ranking 16th overall. In fact, two of the last three opponents they have faced have scored 34 or more points. Aaron Rodgers should have a good game against Tennessee as they will have issues getting pressure on him thanks to how well the offensive line has played.
At the time of writing, the Packers have hope that James Starks may be able to give them a go at running back, which should help them out despite Ty Montgomery having filled the role well of the pass catching back.
Packers’ Defense vs Titans’ Offense:
The Packers defense will have the chance to break the game open this week. While Titans sophomore quarterback Marcus Mariota has seen his game improve this season, he still is turnover prone. Last week, he fumbled it once and threw two picks and the turnovers have been an Achilles’ heel all season.
What the Titans do best is run the ball, ranking third in the league in rushing. While Green Bay is second in rush defense, the last time they played a rushing attack this potent was Dallas, who ran all over them. Tennessee does not have anywhere near the talent that Dallas does, but it will be interesting to see if they continue their impressive run defense against a much stronger opponent than they normally play against.
The Packers have some potential good news; Micah Hyde is 50/50 to play and Quinton Rollins is expected to play. If both are good to go, that should help some of the secondary issues that have plagued them. On the flip side, the Packers are for sure going to be without Damarious Randall again and linebacker Clay Matthews is also out.
The Packers travel south to a nice, sunny, and 66 degrees warm kickoff. Weather should not impact the game.
While the Packers had a disappointing game last week, this week they should bounce back. Mariota has been a turn over machine, and even without linebacker Clay Matthews out they should still force mistakes from the young quarterback. Tennessee is a quality running team, but this is not Dallas and they should not be able to dicate their will on the ground against Mike Daniels and the vicious front seven of Green Bay. On the other side, Tennessee does not have a defense that can pressure Rodgers effectively and he will have plenty of time to sit back and let the receivers work to get open. Overall, the Packers should be able to put together an overall good performance and end with the Packers winning 31-20.As always, go Pack go! Stu Weis -Journalism graduate 2012, Carroll University