Titans vs. Packers: Spread Info, Line and Predictions

David Daniels@TheRealDDanielsSenior Writer IDecember 21, 2012

GREEN BAY, WI - December 9: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers runs for a touchdown against the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field on December 9, 2012 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Tom Lynn /Getty Images)
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Few are wondering who’ll win the Tennessee Titans vs. Green Bay Packers game.

The more frequently asked question is whether or not the Titans will get blown out or not.

Tennessee is one of, if not the most, inconsistent team in the NFL, so it’s anyone’s guess if they’ll compete against the always-hot Packers.

Here’s everything you need to know about this Week 16 matchup.


Where: Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin

When: Sunday, January 23rd at 1:00 p.m. ET

Watch: CBS, DIRECTV: 710, NFL Redzone or online at Game Rewind

Listen: Sirius XM Radio: 91 or online at Audio Pass



Spread: Green Bay -11.5, according to Odds Shark

Green Bay has just 52 net points this season. Do a little math, and it typically beats teams by an average 3.7 points per game

Combine that with the fact that the Titans only lose by an average of 7.9 points, and the Packers are a sure bet to win, but not necessarily to cover the spread.



Over/Under: 47, according to Odds Shark

Since Week 8, Tennessee has scored over 20 points just once. Green Bay is practically guaranteed to score that many points, but with the Packers’ D stepping up their game of late, they’re unlikely to go over 47 points.



Injury Report (via ESPN: TEN/GB, as of Thursday, December 20)

Tennessee WR Kendall Wright is out with a rib injury.

Tennessee WR Damian Williams is questionable with a hamstring injury.

Tennessee LB Colin McCarthy is questionable with a concussion.

Tennessee WR Kenny Britt is questionable with a knee injury.

Tennessee C Kevin Matthews is questionable with an ankle injury.

Green Bay RB James Starks is out with a knee injury.

Green Bay WR Jordy Nelson is questionable with a hamstring injury.

Green Bay WR Randall Cobb is questionable with a shoulder injury.

Green Bay FB John Kuhn is questionable with an undisclosed injury.

Green Bay RB Alex Green is questionable with a concussion.

Green Bay S Charles Woodson is questionable with a collarbone injury.

Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers is probable with an ankle injury.

Green Bay WR Donald Driver is questionable with a thumb injury.

Green Bay DE C.J. Wilson is questionable with a knee injury.



Fantasy Big Plays

Tennessee: RB Chris Johnson

After failing to break the 100-yard rushing barrier in three straight weeks, Johnson rushed for 122 against the New York Jets on Monday Night Football. Of course, 94 of those yards came on one run. But still, it was Johnson’s third run of at least 80 yards this year proving he’s still one of the NFL’s premier home-run threats.

Green Bay’s run defense is ranked 14th in the NFL so it isn’t horrible, but the Packers aren’t elite either. Johnson could add another flash play or two to his highlight reel.



Green Bay: WR James Jones

Two of Aaron Rodgers’ four favorite receivers are listed as questionable on the injury report this week. Even if both are able to suit up, they won’t be at full strength.

Enter Jones.

The sixth-year wide out is having the best season of his career, having hauled in 51 receptions for 622 yards and 12 touchdowns. In fact, his 12 TDs give him the most in the NFL.

Against a Titans defense which surrenders the third-most points in the league, Jones will be in position to increase his visits to the end zone.



Keys to a Tennessee Win

For the Titans to pull off a miracle in Green Bay, they must first and foremost control the clock. If Tennessee is able to march down the field with Johnson four yards at a time (I know that isn’t his style, but stay with me), it’ll keep the ball out of Rodgers’ hands.

The Titans also must create more flash plays than the Packers (now that is Johnson’s style). Tennessee isn’t talented enough to surrender huge gains to Green Bay and still compete. It must prevent the Packers from scoring quickly and the Titans must hit a few home runs of their own.



Keys to a Green Bay Win

As long as the Packers don’t turn the football over an alarming amount more than the Titans, and don’t allow the Titans to create those flash plays, they’ll be fine.




Green Bay is the superior talent. If it loses, the game will be the upset of the week.

But it won’t lose.

Green Bay, 27-17


David Daniels is a featured columnist at Bleacher Report and a syndicated writer.


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