NFL Sunday Night Football: Packers/Titans Preview

by Big Al Staff

Sunday Night Football on NBC features Tennessee and Green Bay in a non-conference battle between teams with Super Bowl aspirations. Lambeau Field will showcase two of the top candidates for league Most Valuable Player in Derrick Henry and Aaron Rodgers.

Tennessee clinches their spot in the playoffs with a victory in this game. The Titans also ensure a spot in the playoffs if Baltimore loses to the New York Giants in the afternoon. They go into Sunday tied with Indianapolis with a 10-4 record. If the Colts lose to Pittsburgh in the afternoon, then a Tennessee victory clinches them the AFC South title. The Titans also have playoff seeding on their minds being one game behind Buffalo and Pittsburgh. Winning the AFC South ensures hosting the first round of the playoffs for Tennessee, while the second seed in the AFC would offer them a potential second home game in the divisional round.

The Titans won their fourth game in their last five with their 46-25 victory against Detroit as a 9.5-point favorite. Derrick Henry ran the ball 24 times for 147 yards in the win. Henry is heating up late in the season with 362 rushing yards in his last two games. He has rushed for 1679 yards this season with 15 touchdowns. He will make his case for league MVP tonight by tying Barry Sanders with ten straight games on the road with at least 100 rushing yards.

Ryan Tannehill completed 21 of 27 passes for 273 yards with three touchdown passes. He is completing 66.5% of his passes for 3482 yards with 31 touchdown passes and just five interceptions this season. The one-two punch of Henry and Tannehill lead an offense that is number one in the NFL by scoring 31.1 points-per-game.

Green Bay clinched the NFC North title with their 24-16 win over Carolina last Saturday as a 9.5-point favorite. A Packers’ victory tonight combined with a Seattle loss or tie with the Los Angeles Rams clinches the top seed in the NFC. New Orleans moved just a half-game behind Green Bay’s 11-3 record with their eleventh win of the season on Friday against Minnesota. The Packers own the tie-breaker against the Saints, given their 37-30 victory in New Orleans in late September.

Rodgers completed 20 of 29 passes against the Panthers last week but for only 143 yards. He threw a touchdown pass and added another touchdown on the ground. He can make his case for league MVP by improving his 69.6% completion percentage this season, which has accounted for 3828 yards. Rodgers has thrown 40 touchdown passes with only four picks.

Green Bay removed 17 players from their final Injury List this week. The Packers have two players out: safety Will Redmond and tight end Jace Steinberger. Running back Jamaal Williams and guard Simon Stepaniak are doubtful. Eight players are either out the season or on Injured Reserve, including defensive end Montravious Adams.

Tennessee moved 12 players from their final Injury List. Outside linebacker Derick Roberson is out with a hamstring. Eight players are on Injured Reserve or out the season, including left tackle Taylor Lewan and defensive end Jadeveon Clowney.

BookMaker lists Green Bay as a 3-point favorite with the total set at 54. Kickoff is at 8:20 PM ET.

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