Titans vs Packers Game Preview
They are renewing what used to be an annual event, an NFL preseason game between the Green Bay Packers and Tennessee Titans, and that’s got to be good news for the spirits of the Titans. From 2002-09, the Titans and Packers faced each other every year in preseason play, and the Titans lived up to their name, dominating the series. Tennessee won six of the eight games, including three of the four meetings that were held at Lambeau Field.
Overall, Tennessee has won five straight preseason contests from the Packers, and they’ve done so in fine fettle. They scored an average of 27 points per game over that five-game winning streak, and have posted an average margin of victory of 10 points per game. Three of the five wins were decided via double-digit outcomes, and only one game was determined by a margin of less than a field goal. The Packers managed to score more than 16 points in just two of the five losses.
Titans vs Packers NFL Historical Matchup
One thing that you can count on when the Green Bay Packers and Tennessee Titans take the field to face each other is that the respective offenses will be well in tune. Three of the last four games have seen the winning team put up at least 47 points on the scoreboard and in five of the last nine games between the two franchises, the winning side accounted for no less than 30 points. The total takes a terrible pounding when these teams square off. The over holds a 5-1 edge in the last six Packers-Titans contests.
This is especially true of games played at Green Bay’s Lambeau Field. Green Bay’s last home win over Tennessee was a 55-7 shellacking in 2012, undoubtedly payback for the 48-27 drubbing the Titans handed the Packers on the same field in 2004. Prior to that, the Packers beat Tennesee 30-22 in 1998 and in their previous life as the Houston Oilers, the Titans recorded a 31-3 pounding of the Packers at Lambeau in 1986. The Oilers were 3-0 at Green Bay. Tennessee is 1-2 there.
It’s Over – While the outpouring of points hasn’t been as prevalent in the preseason meetings between these two teams, low-scoring affairs still aren’t part of the proceedings. At least one team has scored 20 points in each of the last nine exhibition games featuring Green Bay and Tennessee. The Titans have been held under 20 points just once in those nine games, averaging 25.11 points per game. Twice they’ve gone over 30 points. The average total on Packers-Titans preseason games is 40.33.
Road Warriors – The Titans enjoy their preseason visits to Lambeau Field. They are riding a three-game exhibition winning streak in Green Bay. Tennessee were 23-21 winners in 2008, and took a 35-31 decision there in 2006. They were also 27-3 victors at Green Bay in 2003, averaging 28.3 points per game during this winning streak. Green Bay’s last home preseason over the Titans came in 2002, when the Packers edged Tennessee 21-20.
The Beating Goes On – Regular season or preseason, you’d have to admit that Tennessee’s favorite color of Bay is Green. The Titans have won five straight and seven of eight from the Packers in preseason play. They are 3-1 in their last four at Green Bay and 4-1 in their last five home games vs the Packers. In regular-season play, Tennesee has won four of its last five games against Green Bay. They are 4-2 in their last six regular-season games at Lambeau Field.
Is Aaron Human? – Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers looked nothing like a future first-ballot Hall of Famer in the last regular season game against Tennessee in 2016. The Titans defense tormented Rodgers all day, picking him off twice and sacking him five times. Meanwhile, Tennessee QB Marcus Mariota passed for four TDs in a 47-25 win. However, their previous meeting in 2012 told a different story. Rodgers passed for three TDs and ran for another, posting a passer rating of 125.1 as Green Bay pummeled Tennessee 55-7.
MVP Favorite? – BetOnline has established Rodgers as the +700 chalk in their future book on the 2018 NFL MVP. Rodgers, fully healed from the broken clavicle he suffered last season, could be in line for a huge season as the Packers seek to bounce back from a 7-9 campaign in 2017. The offseason additions of two huge tight ends in Jimmy Graham and Marcedes Lewis gives Rodgers a pair of imposing targets as he seeks his third MVP award.
Bovada likes the chances of Rodgers gathering in another MVP trophy even more. They have the Green Bay QB listed as the +550 favorite to win the award, ahead of New England QB Tom Brady (+800). But 10 of Green Bay’s 16 opponents are teams that ranked in the NFL’s top 10 in pass defense last season, so Rodgers will have his work cut out for him. So will Mariota if he wants to earn NFL MVP recognition. Bovada has the Titans QB at +4000 to win the award.
Tighten Up – The addition of Graham should solve one problem for the Green Bay offense. In 2017, the Packers finished up with an NFL-low two touchdown passes caught by their tight ends. Since 2010, Graham has snared 69 TD catches, third in the NFL in that span behind Rob Gronkowski (76) and Dez Bryant (73). Graham caught 10 TD passes for Seattle in 2017 and has pulled down at least 10 scoring aerials in four of the past seven seasons.
Paper Or Plastic? – The Titans had no one in the top 30 in the NFL in quarterback sacks in 2017 – OLB Derrick Morgan led the team with 7.5 sacks – so they took advantage when sack legend Jared Allen offered some advice. Allen, who now lives in the Nashville area, collected 136 career sacks from 2004-15 while playing for the Kansas City Chiefs, Minnesota Vikings, Chicago Bears and Carolina Panthers. He led the NFL in sacks in 2007 and 2011, finishing with 22 sacks in the latter of those years.
Winning Ways – How many games will the Packers win this season? Bovada seems confident that with a healthy Rodgers it will be many, setting the total on Green Bay wins for 2018 at 10. If you play the over, you get odds of -120, while the under is worth -110. They aren’t nearly as confident in the Titans, setting Tennessee’s win total for this season at eight. Whether you opt to play the over or the under on this wager, you will get the same odds, -115.
Super Bowl Picks – The Titans were a wildcard playoff team last season and the Packers won the NFC North Division crown in 2016, so maybe it’s not a wild assumption to suggest that a Tennessee-Green Bay Super Bowl LIII could be in the offing? If you are thinking along those lines, you’ll want to check in with MyBookie. The sportsbook is providing a future wager on all possible matchups for Super Bowl LIII. A Titans-Packers game is being offered at odds of +15000.