Week 9 Preview: Green Bay at Tennessee

Coming off an emotional and hard fought win on Monday night vs the Colts at home, the NFL’s only unbeaten team, the Tennessee Titans, return to the field on Sunday at LP Field to play host to the co-leaders in the NFC North, the 4-3 Green Bay Packers. The Titans all but wrapped up the AFC South on Monday night with a 31-21 win over Indy to go up by four games in the South with nine to play.

Now they will need to carry that momentum into Sunday vs a good Packers team that is getting a bit healthier with possibly the return of Al Harris and maybe SS Atari Bigby, who has not played till September 14th. The Pack is also coming off a win two weeks ago, topping the Colts at Lambeau Field 34-14, and are hoping that QB Aaron Rodgers will also be healthier since suffering a shoulder injury September 28th.

For the Titans, it’s all about that big run game, and the combo of Chris Johnson and LenDale White, who have combined for a total of 953 yards in seven games and 14 touchdowns, 10 for White who leads the league in that stat. Kerry Collins has paced the team in terms of maturity, and has just three TD’s and three picks, but overall it’s his calm and confident team that the team has fed off the last six weeks.

On defense, the Titans will look to put pressure on Rodgers, and the Pack will need to run the ball like they were able to do two weeks ago against the Colts. Ryan Grant will need to use his speed and power to try and wear down the Titans, but that will be easier said than done with the Titans strong front four. Grant is putting up just about 66 yards per game, but is coming off his only 100+ yard game two weeks ago.

Most of the pressure will be on Rodgers. He was good against the Colts, throwing 21-for-28 for 186 yards with one TD. His game was overshadowed by the Packers D, which played maybe their best game of the season vs Peyton Manning and company. They will need that type of effort on the road this week to pull off the upset.

The Titans are very good at home, and will use White and Johnson to try and wear down that Packers D. They have done it week after week, and they have used the same formula all season to win. Run, stop the run, play sound special teams, and don’t make mistakes. It will be the same thing Sunday, and the Titans will be 8-0 by the time it’s all said and done.

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