GREEN BAY, Wisconsin – The Tennessee Titans handled the business Thursday on the road against the Green Bay Packers in a 27-17 win at Lambeau Field.
Despite rookie wide receiver Christian Watson hauling down two passes from quarterback Aaron Rodgers, Tennessee blocked two touchdown passes to set up tight end Austin Hooper.
A big play turned things around as Titans rookie receiver Treylon Burks pulled off a 51-yard pass that allowed the Titans to kick the clock.
The Titans (7-3) brought the fight to the Packers. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill led the way with his best game of the season passing 22 of 27 passes for 333 yards, two touchdowns and an interception providing balance to the offense.
Running back Derrick Henry rushed for 87 yards on 28 carries and a touchdown. He now has over 1,000 rushing yards on the season. Henry also had 45 yards on two catches, and threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Austin Hooper. He joined San Francisco 49ers running back Christian McCaffrey as the only non-linebacker to catch a rushing touchdown in a game this season.
Promising trend: Titans receivers affected the game for the second week in a row. Rookie Treylon Burks got things started with a 43-yard reception that set up Tennessee’s first touchdown on its opening drive. Burks finished with seven receptions for 111 yards, both career highs. Robert Woods entered with six catches for 69 yards.
QB Breakdown: Tannehill was super efficient. Most of his big plays came from punting, as the Packers focused on stopping Henry. He delivered perfect passes to Burkes on the big play and Chigozim Okonkwo on the other, and rolled the needle between two defenders to Hooper for a 16-yard gain. Tannehill’s passes catch his receivers at pace, giving them a chance to gain yards after catch. It was his second consecutive game with at least 250 receiving yards and two touchdown passes.
pivot play: The Lakers closed the gap to 14-9 on a 39-yard field goal attempt by Mason Crosby. He found Tannehill Okonkwo for a 31-yard completion twice after the kick return. Okonkwo was able to pull in the Tannehill lane and stay in bounds as he fell to the ground after Packers safety Darnell Savage left him wide open. The play turned the field after Tennessee was held again at their own 12-yard line.
Under the radar: Henry became the fifth player in NFL history to score 10 rushing touchdowns in five consecutive seasons, joining Ladenian Tomlinson, Adrian Peterson, Sean Alexander and Michael Turner.
Next match: Against the Cincinnati Bengals November 27th.
Green Bay Packers
Goodnight Green Bay. There will be no going back. The good vibes around the Packers continued throughout four days after they beat the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday to end a five-game losing streak.
With the Philadelphia Eagles going up next, this has the makings of another losing streak. At 4-7, the Packers may be another loss away from becoming a lost season. One of the few good things to come out of this game is the running backs of rookie receiver Christian Watson, whose two last-catch catches have moved him to the top five in his last two games. Watson finished with 48 yards on four catches and the two scores.
Eye-popping: NextGen Stat: Watson’s 14-yard touchdown catch was the very definition of a tight window throw. According to NFL NextGen Stats, Watson had a 0.5 yard pass from Titans cornerback Kristian Fulton. This is the lowest separation of Rodgers’ 55 touchdown passes over the past two seasons.
Describe the game in two words: defensive malfunctions. False coverage against rookie tight end, Okonkwo, for 31 yards, missed a 42-yard pass to Henry and then was completely bluffed on a jump pass from Henry to Hooper, all of which happened on the same drive in the third quarter and resulted in a touchdown of the game. In some ways, breakdowns have been the story of defensive coordinator Joe Barry’s unit for most of the season.
The positive side: The return of Randall Cobb made a difference – and not just as a receiver. Cobb had a team high in receptions (six) and yards (73), and also returned punts and recovered an Aaron Jones fumble that helped the Packers reach their first touchdown of the game. Cobb missed the last four games while on injured reserve with a sprained ankle. It is activated in the list just hours before kick-off.
Under the radar: Thursday marked the Packers’ fifth straight loss as a favorite, their longest losing streak as a favorite during a single season.
Next match: In Eagles, Nov. 27.
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