The Green Bay Packers dominated the Tennessee Titans on Sunday to move to 11-4, winning 55-7. The game, for all intents and purposes, was over by halftime, when the Packers held a 20-0 lead.
Is this a sign of a team pulling it all together at the right time of the season?
Well, yes. There’s reason for optimism and reason to think the Packers are primed for a playoff run.
They passed the ball effectively. Even though Aaron Rodgers was off on a few deep throws, he still piled up 342 yards and three touchdowns through the air. Three guys had more than 60 yards receiving and a fourth, Greg Jennings, caught seven balls. James Jones was the high man with 100 yards.
The Packers rushing attack was effective even without Alex Green, who sat out with a concussion. The Packers rushed for over 100 yards and three different guys scored rushing touchdowns. Ryan Grant led the way with 18 carries for 78 yards and two scores.
The defense didn’t let Tennessee get anything going at all.
They registered seven sacks and two early interceptions of Jake Locker. More importantly, they only gave up 10 first downs.
Locker was the Titans leading rusher on Sunday with 32 yards. Running back Chris Johnson only managed 28. Through the air, Locker passed for just 140 yards and didn’t surpass 100 until there was less than 2 minutes left in the fourth quarter.
Hell, Mason Crosby even connected on both of his field goal attempts.
Total yards — Packers: 460, Titans: 180.
Can you say total and complete domination?
There are a couple reasons to not get overly excited about Sunday’s win though.
The Packers beat the Titans.
Here’s a team that isn’t very good. They’re now 5-10 and had nothing to play for on Sunday. Did they mail it in?
They certainly didn’t play with a lot of pride.
Perhaps more important is the status of Randall Cobb. Cobb went down after returning a punt in the third quarter. He didn’t return.
The Packers have weapons, but none quite like Cobb.
If anything bad comes out of this win, it will be if Cobb has a serious injury. Regardless of whether he’s healthy, the smart money says Cobb doesn’t play next week.
As things sit right now, the Packers still have a shot at the No. 2 seed in the NFC. A win over the Vikings next week and one San Francisco loss and it belongs to the Packers.
No. 2 seed or not, the Packers look like they’ll be a tough out in the playoffs.
It sounds like Cobb is o.k. He jogged off the field and walked to the locker room on his own. He’ll be good to go for the playoffs. Hopefully we get Jordy back against the purple fucks. If our D plays like today Minnesota has no chance. How fitting would it be to put the vi-unkings out of the playoffs in their own stadium.
I hope that Davon House is ok too.
That appeared to be our only real possible ser injury.
Hopefully the defense now knows how it can play and it was not just the Titans They will go a long way if that defense comes to play like that.Grant and Harris look good. the center also played good today
Nice to have a zero stress game for once.
The Packers did what they needed to. The Titans clearly quit in the 2nd half.
What is the most encouraging is that the Packers have an ascending defense and Rodgers appears to be hitting his stride. Those two things are a deadly combination.
Interesting position the Packers are now in. A win eliminates the Vikings but opens the door for the Bears and the Giants. A loss puts the Vikings in but eliminates the Bears and Giants, which would be pretty sweet as well.
And now, thanks to Seattle, a loss to the Vikings also potentially costs us a first round bye. Just to muck up the waters even more.
My ideal scenario is, Packers win, clinch #2 seed, while the Giants find themselves watching the playoffs from home. Although I’m not too excited about Washington either. I think RG3 poses a significant problem for our defense and I’d hate to have a similar game the way Michael Vick and the Falcons steam rolled us in.. 2004 I believe?
Redskins would play Seattle in the 1st round. I wouldn’t worry too much about them. Seattle would likely then go to Atlanta.
No muddy waters now. You clearly play to win for not only the bye but maybe more importantly the luxury of not having to play a divisional opponent on wildcard weekend.
55 – 7 in the NFL, against any team, is impressive. We won like we should have won. “nuff said. And by the way, didn’t hardly notice EDS all game……and that is a good thing for an O lineman!!!!!!
Agree, Iltarion; no screaming at the tele today! Well, except when I wanted Rodgers to come out sooner than he did…
Opinions on the improvement in the run game today, gentlemen? Is it because of Grant/Harris combo, because of the change at center, all of the above?
GO PACK GO!
I want to see pure Dujuan Harris he runs better than Grant idk why they give it ti Grant more.
Because he’s known the playbook for about 5 years now and more of a run-down-your-throat back, whereas Harris has known about the playbook for all of 5 weeks and is a change of pace, home-run-style runner.
And Grant can pass block.
The both have their advantages in qualities. I don;t knwo how you can argue against Grant’s performance today. Dude was working hard. But I definitely like Harris as well.
Phatgutz puts it well.
Dude..that still photo of that kid wearing the Titans ‘Santa-style’ hat, was epic…
Great win by the Pack. Now to put some sour grapes on the salad…
Marshall Fucking Piece of Shit Newhouse is going to get Rodgers hurt and/or cost us a football game. EVERY fucking game he gives up at least one big time sack, every game. What other LT in football gives up at least one sack a game? It will cost us either our QB or a big turnover at some point, you mark my words.
Fat ass needs to be run out of town…
Congrats Jarett Bush, thanks to Newhouse you have one less hater…
Who would you rather put in at Left Tackle instead of Marshall Newhouse right now? Riddle me that Mr. Rebel, then lets talk about running the dude out of town. He is obviously the best option we got, what?, do you want to put Jeff Saturday back in the game, but as a LT? Get real, if they tried replacing him with anyone right now, whether from free agency or someone else on the team, we would see much, much worse results. Its looking like the 2013 NFL Draft is the next time we will see any changes there, buddy. One more thing, Jarett Bush may be the best special teams player in the NFL. Oh, you wouldn’t know that because you judge him when he is forced in to playing DB. When he does get a chance at DB, I say he does a great job considering he gets ZERO reps during the regular season at the position. Sorry to rant, but I am sick of people who don’t know what they are talking about. There’s your fucking sour grapes dude. Fuck you.
Pretty good rushing totals when you keep in mind we had our 4th string and 5th string tailbacks out there, both of them more or less picked up off the street. Off topic: could the blog and the comments clean up the language? It’s unnecessary and does it not occur to anybody that young Packers fans like to read Total Packers?
Sir, you are on a Packers website for adults. When you see headlines that the writers of this site write, it becomes obvious. Let me give you an example from past headlines: “Here’s Jay Cutler’s Fat Bitch!” ( https://totalpackers.com/2012/03/22/heres-jay-cutlers-fat-bitch/
), and there is ones like this: “Oh, No! Douchey McDouche Doesn’t Like the Packers!”(
). Simply, you need to tell your kids to goto a different website.
I can’t wait to watch the Vikings burn your ass next week! After that we clinch that 6th seed wild card son, and then we go marching off in da playoffs all the way to New Orleans bitches!!!!! Eat shit Wisconsin fags!
Kin-da like da bears you are, aye? What, are you a mix? Which ever team is doing better, you cheer for. “da playoffs” are not for purple and white, nor is it for orange and blue. SO shut the fuck up!
It was fun watching Grant pancake some defender to the ground to protect A Rod. See, had no idea why no one wanted to sign this guy. Look at his YPC, better than Ced Benson. OK, Ced can sort of catch but he’s not this strong in Pass Pro.
Benson gave up 1 sack in 83 pass protection opportunities before we picked him up, and I don’t recall him giving up a sack as a Packer, can’t do much better than that.
GThat said, Grant is also a very capable pass-blocker and catcher. He was picked by the Redskins for a week or two; no one wanted him because he wanted to much for an older running back.