In a matchup with heavy playoff implications, the Titans are set to travel to Lambeau Field to take on the Packers at 8:20 pm EST on this Sunday evening. While the Titans continue to try and battle the Indianapolis Colts for the AFC South division lead, the Packers are aiming for the NFC Championship and that coveted first-round bye in the playoffs, and a win in this game would guarantee that. With no further delay, let's get into our picks and bets for what should be an absolute thriller of a Sunday night football game.
The Titans are a darn good football team, and they have a really good shot this game against the Packers abysmal run defence. Ryan Tannehill has proven to be a fantastic option at Quarterback in this Titans scheme all year, and Derrick Henry is one of the best running backs in the game. The problem for Tennessee lies with their defence as it has been continuously torched by both the run and pass this year. This game is set up for a potential shootout. A positive for the Titans is that they do not have any new additions to the injury report, so they will be healthier this week than they have been in the last few weeks. Tennessee needs to keep Rodgers in check early so that they can control the game with their running game and not have to fight from behind. Force-feeding the football to Derrick Henry against the Packers run defence should result in success on Sunday night for the Titans.
The Packers have all of the pieces necessary to walk away with a Superbowl at the end of this season, and by winning this game they would guarantee themselves a first-round bye and put themselves in the best position possible going into the playoffs. Green Bay's offence has looked like one of the best in football all season, and this is due to Aaron Rodgers playing at an MVP level and Aaron Jones showing why he is about to get paid like a top 5 running back in football. Expect both of these guys to have a field day against the Titans below-average defence, and although backup RB Jamaal Williams is not supposed to suit up for the game due to injury, this should not be an issue with AJ Dillon waiting in the wings - expect him to take away some of Aaron Jones' carries. If the Packers offence comes out the way that it should and gets out to an early lead, the Titans simply do not have the same type of firepower through the air as the Packers and will struggle to play keep-up.
This is an extremely difficult game to pick, as both teams are relatively healthy and are both fighting for their playoff implications. I think that Rodgers will come out slinging, and when Aaron Rodgers is slinging the football, few people in the league can keep up to him. Expect this game to have a lot of scoring, and I predict that it will completely solidify Rodgers as the league MVP this season. Also seeing how GB loves to use two running back sets and a community backfield, we expect AJ Dillon to get a decently substantial workload against the Titans, including some goalline opportunities (potential prop opportunity of you can find one). If the Packers are able to take the lead early we believe that the Titans will not be able to catch up as the Packers will continue to score as the game goes on.