GREEN BAY, Wis. ( Associated Press) – Quarterback Aaron Rodgers has praised the way the Tennessee Titans got their season on track.
The current MVP wishes the Green Bay Packers could climb out of a bigger hole than Tennessee.
First, the Packers must find a way to contain the AFC South-leading Titans at Lambeau Field on Thursday night.
Rodgers said, “They lost their first two games, and I think as it happens in this league, there was probably an exaggeration about what was happening and what needed to be done.” “And I think he responded with five or six consecutive wins and silenced the critics.”
The Titans (6-3) came back from an 0-2 start to win six of their next seven games, including five in a row. Derrick Henry has rushed for 923 yards and is eight behind the NFL-leading Saquon Barkley of the New York Giants.
Green Bay (4-6) had lost five in a row, its longest streak since 2008, before rallying from a 14-point deficit in the fourth quarter to defeat the Dallas Cowboys 31-28 in overtime on Sunday.
Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon combined for 203 yards rushing of the Packers’ 207 total, winning by rushing rather than relying on Rodgers’ arm.
This caught the attention of the Titans, who have the second best run defense.
“The most important thing for us in this game is going to be our run defense against their run offense,” said Titans safety Kevin Byrd. “He rushed for 200+ yards in three of his four wins and I think his best players are in his backfield. AJ Dillon and Aaron Jones are two of the best in the league, so we have to stop them.”
Every team has a receiver who comes through with a very outstanding performance.
Packers rookie Christian Watson had four receptions for 107 yards and three touchdowns against the Cowboys. North Dakota State’s second-round pick had 10 receptions for 88 yards on the season leading up to the game against Dallas.
For Tennessee, Nick Westbrook-Ikhane had eight receptions for a career-high 119 yards and both touchdowns for the Titans in a 17–10 victory over the Denver Broncos. Westbrook-Ikhane had 15 receptions and 138 yards, no touchdowns, on the season.