Shawn (4-3, 2-4-1 ATS): Last week I was in a land without internet, believe it or not, such a dreadful place still exists, and thus I failed to post a prediction. As it turns out, like the Cleveland Browns on bye week, I won by not having the opportunity to lose.
I laugh at the talk around town for a couple weeks now about how the Green Bay Packers continue to search for their identity, like they were Jason Bourne after washing ashore. No, actually, I would say the Packers definitely have an identity. They just won’t admit it to anyone.
They are 9-11 in their last 20 games counting playoffs. They are 4-4 at the halfway point this season. They are inconsistent, typically failing to play a full four quarters. They are capable of scoring on offense when in rhythm, and they are also capable of complete ineptitude. They have scored one touchdown all year in the third quarter while the defense has regularly imploded in the second.
In other words, they are mediocre. Think of the Detroit Lions and San Diego Chargers and you are in the right ballpark.
They are a mediocre team with a good quarterback, who is great upon occasion. You add your typical slew of injuries to the mix, and you have a really unpredictable unit.
I have been leaning towards the Tennessee Titans all week. They are about equally mediocre, but they are at home and likely on the ascent. The Packers are on the other end of the scale. Something makes me think the Packers might be ready to let the plug out of the bottom of the tub completely.
As it turns out, I’m not ready to go there yet. The Packers might be on the road, but it is Nashville. There will be nearly as many Packers fans as Titans fans there. This is probably the easiest game left on the schedule for the Packers. If they lose this one, they likely end up worse than even 7-9, and I just can’t see that happening. Not yet.
I think a big factor in changing my mind is that both Randall Cobb and Ty Montgomery will be a full go for this game. You can forget about the last two games. Without a slot receiver to go to and pick up first downs, the Packers were down to throwing Richard Rodgers the ball, with inevitable results.
But with Montgomery around to run it and Cobb as a reliable outlet in the passing game, and against a Titans’ secondary that is the weakest part of their team, I think the Packers’ offense can ultimately outscore the Titans.
The Titans will be able to run the ball and put up some points against the Packers’ defense. But it won’t be enough.
Recent history notwithstanding, I like the Packers to cover the points on the road.
Packers 31, Titans 27
Monty (4-4, 1-5-2 ATS): Well, shitballs!
I am terrible at trying to forecast this team. This team just might be terrible. Therefore, I am going to keep it short and sweet.
I think nothing of these Green Bay Packers. They can probably go fuck themselves.
But they can’t go fuck themselves just yet.
They have to win this week first.
Packers 24, Titans 17