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Next Game’s Revealing Stat: Titans’ Rushing Yardage

The Tennessee Titans don’t have a fearsome reputation and they don’t have a winning record on the year (4-5). They do, however, have one formidable strength: a mighty running attack. The Titans are averaging 144.2 rushing yards per game, behind only Dallas and Buffalo.

The Green Bay Packers have the second best defensive numbers against the rush, yielding just 75.8 yards on the ground per game. However, the only other strong rushing team Green Bay has faced was the Cowboys. On October 16, Ezekiel Elliott ran over and around Green Bay defenders to the tune of 157 yards.

The Titans confront opponents with a three-pronged running attack.

DeMarco Murray (6-1, 220) is averaging 89.7 yards per game, second in the league to Elliott. He’s in his sixth year in the NFL, the first four with Dallas, then a year with Philadelphia, and now with Tennessee. He had a phenomenal year with the Cowboys in 2014, rushing for 1,845 yards – which led the league by almost 500 yards.

Derrick Henry bears some similarities to the Packers’ Eddie Lacy. He’s a rookie out of Alabama and he weighs 247 pounds, but Henry, at 6’2”, is a good three inches taller than Lacy. On the year, he’s gained 221 yards and is averaging 4.2 yards per carry.

The third rusher the Packers need to watch is quarterback Marcus Mariota. He’s rushed for 235 yards on 35 carries, a 6.7 yard average. By comparison, Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers has rushed for 199 yards on 34 carries, a 5.9 average. Among quarterbacks, the two rank second and fifth in the league as runners.

Injuries have hobbled the Titans’ rushing attack to some extent, although everyone is expected to play in this contest. Neither Murray nor Henry practiced on Wednesday. Murray was rested due to a sore toe, whereas Henry was bothered by a strained calf muscle. We don’t expect those injuries to play a role on Sunday.

If the Packers’ defense gives up big yardage on the ground, like the 191 yards they surrendered to Dallas, a three-game losing streak will be the likely result.

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Rob Born

Someone else said it first but I popularized it: “Athleticism is important in athletic pursuits.” It took three years, but the Packers finally listened. My new mantra: “Trading down is fine, but never trade up.”

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5 Comments

  1. gort November 12, 2016

    The Titan’s running game is a concern, but another important stat is the injury report. Tennessee has exactly 1 name on the report. Green Bay has 6, not including the guys that have been placed on IR. Hard to compete in the NFL with so many holes.

    1. PF4L November 12, 2016

      If i remember right, we did ok in 2010.

      But fuck it, injury’s are an AWESOME excuse.

  2. Zwoeger November 12, 2016

    All I know a Titan or the team will break a record of some sort against us.
    But then again it might be something like the first left handed player with a beard wearing red shoes recieving for more then 10 yeards in franchise history.

  3. Howard November 12, 2016

    Just what the Packer D needs. This is good. The Titans want to play physical and run on teams and right now the Packers need to prove they are physical and stop the run. We will see if this packer D has it in them To play smash mouth or if they are all talk and no action. So far this D has shown they cannot produce in crunch time. I want to see a D that is physically imposing and mentally strong. Show us why this D is rated #7. To me they don’t look like a top 15 D.

  4. gort November 12, 2016

    I am not making an excuse. Just a reinforcement to my prediction of a .500 season.