Green Bay Packers Play Nearly Perfect in Rout of Tennessee Titans in Week 16

Tyler BrookeSenior Analyst IIDecember 23, 2012

GREEN BAY, WI - DECEMBER 23: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers celebrates his touchdown run against the Tennessee Titans at Lambeau Field on December 23, 2012 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Tom Lynn /Getty Images)
Tom Lynn/Getty Images

The Green Bay Packers looked like the hottest team in the league on Sunday, destroying the Tennessee Titans.  They were able to win 55-7 with dominating performances on both sides of the ball.

The blowout gives the Packers an11-4 record.  The Packers will need to win again against the Minnesota Vikings and hope the San Francisco 49ers lose one of their last two games to get the No. 2 seed in the NFC.

Aaron Rodgers looked like the reigning MVP this week. 

He was able to find receivers down the field, escape from the pocket and simply score.  He had four touchdowns, three in the air and one on the ground.  He threw for 342 yards, his first game over 300 yards since Week 7 against the St. Louis Rams.

Rodgers is looking to make an argument for a second straight MVP award.  Although it seems more likely that Adrian Peterson, Peyton Manning or Tom Brady will win it, another big game against the Vikings could give him a chance to win it.

A.J. Hawk had perhaps his best game of the season.  After only having one sack all season, he was able to get two more this week with two blitzes up the middle. The line for the Titans failed to pick him up on both plays. 

The team had seven sacks on the day.  With the return of Clay Matthews, who also had a sack, the Packers proved that their pass rush (which had been absent for a few weeks) was back.

Sam Shields had yet another big game. 

Since returning from injury, he has been a big help to the defense.  Today was another example of how versatile Shields can be.  He was able to get a sack, an interception and he kept opposing receivers in check.

James Jones continued to get the ball on Sunday. 

He was the main target for Rodgers this week, getting seven catches for 100 yards and yet another score.  Jones leads the NFL in receiving touchdowns this year with 13.  His impressive hands have helped him get more looks from Rodgers this year.  With career highs in receptions, yards, and touchdowns, it's safe to say Jones is having the best season of his life.

Perhaps the best story of the day was Ryan Grant. 

After it was announced that Alex Green would be out for the game, Grant was given the starting role.  He was able to get going early, breaking out some impressive runs.  He ran for 80 yards on the day, including two touchdowns at the end of the game. 

The return of Grant excites Packers fans, as his return could mean that the running game is finally back.  As I said earlier this week, the improved running game could make the Packers a very dangerous team in the playoffs.

The win was a big sign that the Packers are still an elite-caliber NFL team.  With performances like this, the Packers could find themselves in yet another Super Bowl.