Sunday Snapshot: Packers vs. Titans

The NFL experts chip in with everything you need to know ahead of Sunday afternoon's matchup between the Green Bay Packers and Tennessee Titans in Week 9 at LP Field. Keys to the game, injury reports, fast facts, personnel news, and a whole lot more.

Kickoff: Sunday, Noon CT
Surface: Grass
Television: FOX – Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa
Series: 10th regular-season meeting. Titans lead series 5-4. The interconference teams are meeting for only the third time in the last 10 years. Tennessee has won the last two encounters, most recently 48-27 at Green Bay in 2004. The teams' only matchup at Tennessee since the Titans relocated from Houston in 1997 was in 2001, a 26-20 loss for the Packers.

Packers RB Ryan Grant hasn't been ripping off big chunks of yardage, but he does have a combined 64 carries the past two weeks. Expect more of the same, with Green Bay attempting to keep time of possession as equal as possible. The Packers want to build a lead to pressure the Titans away from their own running game, but Tennessee has allowed just 16 first-quarter points all season. QB Aaron Rodgers' sprained shoulder is still limiting his practice reps, but he's healthier following the bye week. ... The Packers may take a page out of Indianapolis' book and play with more four-linebacker packages to limit the Titans' running game. Green Bay is allowing 4.9 yards per carry, so it can't afford to be slowly worn down by RBs Chris Johnson and LenDale White. Problem is, QB Kerry Collins finally has a healthy receiving corps and is putting a positive spin on the moniker of "game manager." The Packers defense gets a boost with the return of CB Al Harris and SS Atari Bigby.

Packers: DT Justin Harrell (back) has a chance to be activated from the physically unable to perform (PUP) list and play.

Titans: Kyle Vanden Bosch (groin) could be a game-day decision.

With a reception, WR Donald Driver would tie Sterling Sharpe's franchise record of at least one catch in 103 consecutive games. ... Johnson, a rookie, leads the AFC with 626 rushing yards.

DE Jason Hunter
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Packers: NT Ryan Pickett was removed from the injury report entirely Thursday. He had appeared on it Wednesday because of a non-injury issue, though he did practice. Pickett, who suffered a strained triceps muscle in Week 6, will continue to wear a protective harness in game action. ... WR James Jones has practiced without incident this week and should be good to go Sunday. An aggravated torn PCL in his right knee kept him out of the last two games. Jones, the team's No. 3 wideout, is expected to have increased responsibilities on special teams in the upcoming game. ... DE Jason Hunter practiced on a full-time basis the last two days and appears ready to return to game action. Hunter, a backup and special-teams contributor, was out the last three games because of a hamstring injury. ... LB Desmond Bishop hasn't practiced the last two days after suffering a strained hamstring Monday. The special-teams ace is highly questionable for Sunday's game.

Titans: KR Chris Carr has not practiced yet this week because of a sore back. Carr, after a slow start, has become a weapon in terms of field position with a 29.6 kickoff-return average and a 10-yard punt-return average. Carr likely will go Sunday, but if he cannot, the Titans have several options including receivers Chris Davis, Brandon Jones or Lavelle Hawkins on punts and either Davis or Michael Griffin on kickoffs. ... LB Colin Allred, a special-teams player bothered by a strained groin, has begun doing activities on the side and running, but he might miss another week. ... Hawkins, after a rough battle to get on the field earlier in his rookie season, is beginning to gain the confidence of both the coaching staff and Collins. Hawkins made a nice sideline catch to move the chains against the Colts on Monday night and has improved his route running and playbook knowledge. ... QB Vince Young was not ruled out of doing some "Kordell Stewart slash" type plays, head coach Jeff Fisher said when asked by a reporter. Still, the Titans have done very little in even working on those types of things since Young returned as their second-string quarterback after injuring his knee in the season opener. He has gotten the second-teamer's share of the reps and run the scout team. ... RB Quinton Ganther, knocked out of the Monday night game with a concussion, was a full participant in Thursday's practice. He sat out Wednesday.

Titans 23, Packers 20.

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