MATCHUPS TO WATCH: PACKERS OFFENSE VS. TITANS DEFENSE
Green Bay WRs vs. Tennessee DBs: The Packers run up to five-wide sets, and all their pass-catchers are yards-after-catch monsters who take short routes forward with the best of them. Cornerbacks Cortland Finnegan and Nick Harper will have their work cut out for them, but they're up to the challenge. Safety Chris Hope intercepted two Peyton Manning passes last Monday night, and the secondary worked well in letting short passes through and closing quickly on receivers before big gains were possible.
As Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers hits his targets underneath, those targets will have to deal with a clamp-down defense that looks to stop anything big in space.
MATCHUPS TO WATCH: TITANS OFFENSE VS. PACKERS DEFENSE
The defensive ends must not let Johnson break containment, the linebackers need to be sure with their tackling, the cornerbacks must beat the receivers' blocks and the safeties have to prevent disaster.
OTs Michael Roos and David Stewart vs. DE Aaron Kampman: Kampman will line up left or right (mostly left), and he's a dangerous presence in pass pressure from either side. The Titans have the most underrated offensive line in the league, led by Roos.
The Packers have been unable to generate pressure from their front four with the exception of Kampman, who has put up six sacks this season and leads the league in QB hits according to play-by-play data assembled by FootballOutsiders.com. If the Titans' line is able to contain Kampman, it will be up to Green Bay's linebackers to get additional pressure on Kerry Collins without abandoning rushing lanes and letting the Titans run wild.
THE TITANS WILL WIN THIS GAME IF ...
THE TITANS WILL LOSE THIS GAME IF ...
THE PACKERS WILL WIN THIS GAME IF ...
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Bill Huber: The Packers get a huge break – unfair, really – in that they had a bye week to prepare for this game while the Titans just beat their biggest rival on Monday night. Who made that schedule, Ted Thompson? ... PACKERS 20, TITANS 13.
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