Week 16 Preview: Packers vs. Titans

Week 16 Preview: Packers vs. Titans

We have the key stats and notes from both teams, plus our fearless prediction, as the Packers (10-4) host the Titans (5-9) at chilly Lambeau Field on Sunday.

TENNESSEE (5-9) At GREEN BAY (10-4)

KICKOFF AND TV: Sunday, noon., CBS

OPENING LINE: Packers by 10 1/2

RECORD VS. SPREAD: Tennessee 6-8, Green Bay 8-6

SERIES RECORD: Titans lead 6-4

AP PRO32 RANKING: Titans No. 25; Packers No. 6

LAST MEETING: Titans beat Packers 19-16 OT, Nov. 2, 2008

LAST WEEK: Titans beat Jets 14-10; Packers beat Bears 21-13

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES: Titans have won three straight against Packers and four of six. ... Titans 29-14 against NFC since 2002, 1-2 this season. ... Jake Locker threw for career-high 378 yards with two TDs and no interceptions with 113 passer rating in last game vs. NFC team. Locker ran for first TD of season in last game. ... Chris Johnson ran for 122 yards in last week's win over Jets, including franchise-record 94-yard TD run. He has five 100-yard games this season, and six career TD runs of 80 yards or longer are most in NFL history. ... Kendall Wright leads NFL rookies with 62 catches. ... Linebacker Akeem Ayers leads Titans with 90 tackles. ... Rookie linebacker Zach Brown had career-high two sacks and recovered fumble against New York. ... Jason McCourty and Michael Griffin each had two interceptions against New York. ... Packers have won 19 of last 20 home games at Lambeau, 25 of last 27. ... Packers have clinched second straight NFC North title. ... Aaron Rodgers 174 of 272 for 2,234 yards with 25 TDs and three interceptions with 115.7 passer rating in past eight games against AFC. ... Packers 26-0 when Rodgers starts and has 115 or better passer rating. Rodgers has won 24 of past 26 starts at home, and has 64 TDs, 17 interceptions and 110 rating in those games. ... Ryan Grant ran for 86 yards in last game with Titans. ... Randall Cobb, Tennessee native, had career-high 115 yards receiving last week. With 892 yards receiving and 964 yards on kick returns, he can become first player in NFL history with at least 1,000 yards on kick returns and 1,000 yards or more receiving. ... With 2,241 all-purpose yards, Cobb is 9 shy of matching Ahman Green's franchise record, set in 2003. ... James Jones has career-best 12 TD catches, best in NFL. He had three TD catches last week. ... Clay Matthews had two sacks last week, his first game since Nov. 4. He has 10 in 14 games against AFC teams. ... Casey Hayward, who played at Vanderbilt, leads rookies with six interceptions. ... Packers allowed 107 yards passing last week.

INJURY REPORTS: Packers — Out: TE Tom Crabtree (hamstring); WR Jordy Nelson (hamstring); RB James Starks (knee); DE C.J. Wilson (knee); DB Charles Woodson (collarbone). Questionable: RT Don Barclay (illness); RB Alex Green (concussion); G Greg Van Roten (back/illness); DE Jerel Worthy (hamstring). Probable: WR Randall Cobb (shoulder); G T.J. Lang (concussion/illness); QB Aaron Rodgers (ankle); C Jeff Saturday (neck/shoulder); LB Erik Walden (ankle). Not available: FB John Kuhn (not injury related). Titans — Out: C Kevin Matthews (ankle). Questionable: LB Colin McCarthy (concussion); CB Ryan Mouton (hamstring); DE Scott Solomon (knee); WR Damian Williams (hamstring); WR Kendall Wright (rib). Probable: WR Kenny Britt (knee); QB Jake Locker (left shoulder); LB Will Witherspoon (hamstring).

PACKER REPORT PREDICTION (12-2): The Titans/Oilers franchise is 4-1 at Lambeau Field. Make that 4-2 because, barring some sort of calamity, the Titans have almost no chance. Tennessee finished plus-4 in turnovers last week and still had to overcome a shanked punt in the final moments to hold off the woeful Jets at home on Monday night. The Titans would need a roster full of Chris Johnsons to overcome the matchup at quarterback with Aaron Rodgers against Jake Locker. Green Bay is better in the trenches, receiver and the secondary, as well. About the only drama will be the performance of kicker Mason Crosby. Packers 31, Titans 10.


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