Titans Deliver With 27-17 Win Over the Packers
Written by ABC AUDIO on November 18, 2022
GREEN Bay, Wisc. – On Amazon Prime, the Titans delivered at Lambeau Field.
The team’s 27-17 win over the Packers arrived just in time.
“It felt good,” Titans running back Derrick Henry said. “On a short week, we came in determined, paying attention to the little details and focused on getting better. We came into a great environment, a hostile environment, and we were able to get the win. We played a great game as a team.”
Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill completed 22-of-27 passes for 333 yards and two touchdowns in the contest, along with an interception.
Henry ran for a touchdown, and he also threw for another. He also went over the 1,000-yard mark for the season, thanks to 87 rushing yards against the Packers.
With the win, the Titans improved to 7-3.
“I’m proud of the way the guys came out and competed,” Tannehill said. “We came in and wanted to be the more physical team, and I thought we were.”
Titans head coach Mike Vrabel said the win “is indicative of who we are.”
Rookie receiver Treylon Burks had a breakout game with the Titans, as he caught seven passes for 111 yards.
Tight end Austin Hooper caught a pair of touchdowns, including one from Henry.
Defensively, the Titans held the Packers to just 271 yards of offense, and 15 first downs.
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers completed 24-of-39 passes for 227 yards and two touchdowns, but the Titans stopped the run, and got off the field at critical times. The Packers were 0-2 on fourth down.
“It feels great, to come to Lambeau and get a big W,” Titans safety Kevin Byard said, “especially against a Hall of Fame quarterback.”
The Titans took a 7-0 lead early on a 14-yard touchdown pass from Tannehill to running back Dontrell Hilliard, which capped an eight-play, 83-yard drive.
The Packers cut the lead to 7-6 on a 14-yard touchdown pass from Rodgers to Christian Watson, with Kristian Fulton defending. Denico Autry blocked the extra point attempt, and it was 7-6 Titans at the end of the first quarter.
The Titans dominated the second quarter, when they surged ahead.
After an 18-play drive was stopped inside the Green Bay five when Henry was stuffed on fourth-and-one, the Titans forced a three-and-out, and they got the ball back.
The Titans then put together an eight-play, 41-yard drive that was capped off with a four-yard run by Henry, which made it 14-6 Titans at the half. The Titans ran 27 offensive plays to Green Bay’s six in the second quarter, as they dominated play.
The Packers cut the lead to 14-9 on a 39-yard field goal by kicker Mason Crosby at the 8:25 mark of the third quarter.
The Titans scored a touchdown on a little trickery on their next possession, as Henry threw a “jump pass” to Hooper for a three-yard touchdown. The score made it 20-9, as the extra point attempt by Josh Lambo was no good.
“When it got called in the huddle, I was like, “It’s time,” Hooper said. “Luckily it worked like it did in the walk-through.”
The Packers responded, as they cut the lead to 20-17 on another touchdown pass from Rodgers to Watson, this one from eight yards, and a successful two-point try.
But the Titans just kept on coming, and Tannehill connected with Hooper for a 16-yard touchdown to cap off a five-play, 63-yard drive, to make it 27-17.
The Titans return to action on November 27 against the Bengals at Nissan Stadium
Disappointment at its peak as another game gets away from Packers
Once again, teams fails to build on anything good that happens
GREEN BAY – Defense gets a huge fourth-down stop near the goal line in a one-point game. Offense goes three-and-out.
Offense gets a touchdown and two-point conversion to pull within three points late in the third quarter. Defense gives up a 63-yard TD drive in five plays.
Defense gets an interception in the fourth quarter in a 10-point game. Offense goes three-and-out.
Special teams provides a 24-yard punt return across midfield with the deficit still just 10. Offense goes four-and-out.
That was the story of Thursday night’s 27-17 loss to the Titans at Lambeau Field, and it has been pretty much the story of a 4-7 season.
When one phase of the Packers’ game makes something happen, another phase experiences a letdown. Any surge is fleeting. Momentum temporary at best.
The moniker “complementary football” gets tossed around a lot, but the Packers can’t get it to stick.
The Packers’ defense did what it has done most of the year. It had an awful stretch of possessions – in this case three straight worth 20 Tennessee points – making its good moments not enough good.
The offense, meanwhile, had even more opportunities than it’s had in several losses – not just possessions or chances, but true missed opportunities, especially down the stretch.
Sammy Watkins and Allen Lazard were wide open over the middle on back-to-back third downs in the fourth quarter, but Aaron Rodgers’ throws were off target.
Rodgers refuses to make any excuses about his injured thumb, but he’s said it hasn’t really improved since the original injury in London six weeks ago, and TV cameras catch him shaking his throwing hand here and there.
“I’ve got to throw the ball better than I did tonight,” he said.
He also was flagged for a costly intentional grounding near Green Bay’s own goal line in the second quarter, helping give Tennessee great field position to score before halftime. And he took a sack in the fourth quarter after holding the ball for several seconds but never escaping the pocket.
The good from the offensive side? Randall Cobb returned from injury and led the team with six catches for 73 yards. Rookie receiver Christian Watson built on his three-TD performance in last Sunday’s victory with two more scores.
Rodgers lauded the youngster’s confidence and practice work of late, stating the obvious that the ball needs to find him more.
Aaron Rodgers was admittedly off in latest Packers loss: ‘I threw a lot of kinda wobblers tonight’
As snow swirled through Lambeau Field, it’s likely the Green Bay Packers’ realistic playoff aspirations fluttered away, as well.
Amid an uncharacteristic autumn in Wisconsin, the latest unconventional chapter saw Aaron Rodgers miss badly on myriad throws and the Packers booed by cold and disenfranchised fans during Thursday night’s 27-17 loss to the Tennessee Titans.
“Interesting,” Rodgers said of the boos. “That’s the best I can give you.”
On the evening, Rodgers finished 24-of-39 passing for 227 yards, two touchdowns, no interceptions and a 94.7 rating. At a glance, it’s hardly a bad night, but throughout the course of Green Bay’s sixth loss in its last seven games, Rodgers misfired on passes he’s long been right on the mark with. And on Thursday, he missed a few badly.
Rodgers admitted his play was sub-par, but wasn’t certain to why it came to be, though he was quick not to place blame on the injured right thumb he’s been nursing since Week 5.
“I couldn’t tell you, point to one thing,” the two-time reigning AP NFL Most Valuable Player said. “I’m not going to make excuses about my thumb, it’s been the same since New York. I don’t know. I gotta go back and look at it. It felt like fundamentally I was in a good spot. I just didn’t have the same type of consistent grip and ball coming out the same way. I threw a lot of kinda wobblers tonight. There was some wind. I just missed a few throws I shoulda had.”
With thoughts of a comeback still dancing through their heads trailing, 27-17, early in the fourth quarter, the Packers came away with no points over their final four possessions.
There was a three-and-out with two incompletions. Then there was another three-and-out that ended when Rodgers missed a wide-open Sammy Watkins on a crossing route by at least three yards on third down. Thereafter, the Packers turned it over on downs when Rodgers skied a ball 10 yards past Allen Lazard on fourth-and-3. Green Bay’s final possession came up short on fourth again, this time with Aaron Jones getting stuffed for no gain on fourth-and-1.
This is not the Packers team anyone expected at the genesis of the season, and this not the Rodgers anyone has ever expected.
Coming off an overtime win against the Dallas Cowboys, there was merit to reason a turnaround could be ahead. Any thoughts of such a turnaround were grounded out by the Titans.
“I think last week showed us a lot, the possibilities,” Rodgers said. “This week we didn’t play as complimentary in all three phases.”
Though it’s still technically autumn, it’s more than likely that the Packers are in the winter of their 2022 campaign. They’re currently 10th in the NFC standings and have seemingly been searching all season long for their identity, for a rhythm, for anything to keep their expectations alive.
Rodgers is still a believer, but much like too many of his passes on Thursday, it seems those playoff hopes are wayward.
“We gotta play up to our potential,” Rodgers said. “If we play up to our potential, we can win our last six games. I’m confident of that. Obviously I gotta play up to my potential; tonight wasn’t it.”
Titans at Packers: Preview, Prop Picks, Prediction
The Green Bay Packers are eager to find out whether or not their offense can keep rolling when they play host to the Tennessee Titans on Thursday night.
The Packers (4-6) snapped a five-game losing streak in stunning Dallas last week, while the Titans (6-3) also came from behind to beat Denver.
Green Bay has won two of the past three meetings in the series, including a 40-14 home romp over Tennessee during Week 16 of the 2020 season.
The winning team has scored 40 points or more in four of the past five meetings, a run that dates back to 2004.
Maintaining the trend Thursday might take some doing. Tennessee has scored no more than 24 points in a game this season, while 31 points is the high-water mark for Green Bay.
Despite the Titans sitting atop the lowly AFC South while the Packers are just trying to stay in playoff contention, Green Bay is a consensus 3.5-point favorite at home.
The Packers have been backed by 54 percent of the spread-line bets and 60 percent of the handle at BetMGM, while the Titans have drawn 60 percent of the bets at DraftKings, where the money has been evenly split. Green Bay moved from a 3.0-point favorite to 3.5 on Wednesday at BetRivers, where it has been backed by 61 percent of the money.
Titans RB Derrick Henry Anytime TD Scorer (-195 at BetRivers): This prop is worth shopping around for, with BetRivers offering slightly better odds than some other sportsbooks. It has been the most popular player prop at BetRivers, drawing 4.2 percent of the total game tickets along with 2.0 percent of the money. The Packers rank ninth in total defense, but that’s on the strength of their pass defense. Green Bay is 26th in allowing an average of 140.6 yards per game on the ground.
Packers RB A.J. Dillon Over 33.5 Rushing Yards (-120 at DraftKings): Green Bay topped 200 yards rushing for the third time this season against Dallas while starting the same offensive line in consecutive games for the first time this season. Expect that trend to continue, especially in cold prime-time conditions. Aaron Jones led the way with 24 carries last week, but Dillon still managed 65 yards on 13 touches. Tennessee also will be without two starters and a key reserve on defense.
Under 41 Total Points (-108 at BetRivers): The Titans are averaging only 18.4 points per game. Only two of 140 playoff teams since 2002 have averaged that few. Meanwhile, the Packers’ recipe for success likely hinges on quarterback Aaron Rodgers playing an unfamiliar complementary roll to the two-headed ground game. Green Bay also averaged only 15.8 games during its losing streak.
Titans: Center Ben Jones (concussion), safety Amani Hooker (shoulder), outside linebacker Bud Dupree (hip), kicker Randy Bullock (calf) and backup safety Lonnie Johnson Jr. (hamstring) are out. Defensive back Elijah Molden (groin) and defensive tackle Jeffery Simmons (ankle) are questionable.
Packers: Inside linebacker De’Vondre Campbell (knee) and wide receiver Romeo Doubs (ankle) are out, while cornerback Shemar Jean-Charles (ankle) is doubtful and offensive tackle Elgton Jenkins (knee) is questionable.
The Packers’ furious rally to upset the Cowboys kept their playoff heartbeat ticking but this is still a team with significant issues. It will be close, especially at home against a Titans team that also struggles to put points on the board, but Tennessee’s stout defense will better control field position. –Titans 20, Packers 19 –Field Level Media
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Aaron Rodgers takes blame for missed throws as Packers fall to 4-7
GREEN BAY, Wis. — Aaron Rodgers used to thrive in these conditions: cold, snowy and under the lights at Lambeau Field. It’s when the Green Bay Packers quarterback has done some of his best work.
Instead, Rodgers missed open receivers, took a sack at an inopportune time and rendered last week’s season-saving upset of the Dallas Cowboys practically meaningless Thursday night in a 27-17 loss to the Tennessee Titans at Lambeau Field that dropped the Packers to 4-7.
And Rodgers knew it.
“I’ve got to throw the ball better than I did tonight,” Rodgers said after going 24-for-39 for 227 yards and two touchdowns. “Not a lot of margin for error for us and definitely not against a team that gives you some opportunities. We’ve got to have those plays.”
Among the ones Rodgers meant came in the fourth quarter, a play the Packers had to convert in order to mount any type of comeback.
Like on third-and-12 with 9:23 left, when he over-led a wide open Sammy Watkins across the middle, leading to a punt.
And on third-and-3 with 5:32 left, when he sailed a ball over Allen Lazard’s head and the Packers turned it over on downs after the next failed pass to Lazard.
And the 12-yard loss on a sack with 2:39 left that all but ended any hope of a turnaround.
After the win over the Cowboys, which snapped a five-game losing streak and seemed to energize the locker room, Rodgers said he “felt like I threw the ball just about exactly where I wanted it.”
He couldn’t explain why it felt so different on Thursday. Was it the conditions? His injured right thumb?
“I couldn’t tell you [or] point to one thing,” Rodgers said. “I’m not going to make excuses about my thumb. It’s been the same since [he hurt it against the] New York [Giants]. I don’t know. I’ve got to go back and look at it.
“I felt like fundamentally I was in a good spot. I just didn’t have the same type of consistent grip and ball coming out the same way. I threw a lot of kind of wobblers tonight. There was some wind. Just missed a few throws I should have had. Definitely the one to Sammy and the one to Allen.”
Lazard tried to put some of the onus on himself.
“If he’s throwing the ball to me, I’m expecting to catch it,” he said.
The Packers have lost consecutive primetime games with Rodgers as the starter after winning 13 straight under the lights. They have another primetime affair next week at the 8-1 Philadelphia Eagles.
Coach Matt LaFleur described Rodgers and some of his receivers as “a little off tonight for sure.” As emotional and excited as he was after his team beat the Cowboys on Sunday, he was equally distraught after this one.
“I don’t even know what to say,” LaFleur said. “It was nothing like a few days ago.”
Yet he wasn’t willing to write off the season. LaFleur dismissed any thought to turning to young players, such as Jordan Love, and Rodgers offered a reason to think the playoffs were still a possibility.
“If we play up to our potential, we can win our last six games,” Rodgers said. “I’m confident in that. Obviously, I’ve got to play up to my potential. Tonight wasn’t it.”
That hope perhaps came from the sudden emergence of rookie receiver Christian Watson, who caught two more touchdown passes against the Titans to give him five in the past two games; and the return of Randall Cobb, who caught six passes for a team-high 73 yards.
“I think last week showed us a lot, the possibilities,” Rodgers said referring to the Cowboys game. “This week we just didn’t play as complementary in all three phases. You’ve got to be excited about the way Christian’s played the last two weeks. Cobby coming back today I think led us in receiving yards. That was a big jolt for us.”
At this point, though, the Packers are so far behind the NFC North leading Minnesota Vikings (8-1) that the division seems like a lost cause. A wild-card path to one of the seven NFC playoffs spots might be their only hope, but Thursday’s loss dropped them to 11th place in the conference.
“You lose another one and you might as well say we’re probably out,” Cobb said.
NFL moves Browns-Bills game to Detroit due to snowstorm
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — The Buffalo Bills’ home game against the Cleveland Browns is being relocated to Detroit due to a winter storm with lake effect snow that is expected to hit western New York over the next couple of days.
The game remains scheduled for 1 p.m. ET Sunday.
The Buffalo area is expected to get up to five feet of snow from Thursday night through Saturday night, with thunder and other inclement conditions also expected.
The team said the decision to move the game from Highmark Stadium was done “in consultation with the Buffalo Bills and local and state authorities as the region prepares for the storm.” The final decision came from the league office, but there has been communication with all parties involved.
Wind gusts are also expected to make traveling more difficult. It is not expected to be snowing during the actual time the game is scheduled to take place.
“The decision to move the game to Detroit has everything to do about safety,” Bills executive vice president and chief operating officer Ron Raccuia said. “Safety first has been what we’ve been talking about here, really for the last 48 to 72 hours.”
Moving the game was not finalized until Thursday afternoon, with the Bills practicing outside Thursday in anticipation of the game. The team did practice in its indoor fieldhouse Wednesday.
The Bills were hoping to keep as normal a schedule as possible for an away game but canceled practice Friday due to the weather and are meeting virtually. They plan to fly to Detroit on Saturday, return to Buffalo on Sunday after the game, if weather allows, and have a short practice week before heading back to Detroit to play the Lions on Thanksgiving.
“[Coach] Sean [McDermott] does a great job of messaging and making sure our guys understand it’s still going to be a football game,” Beane said. “Everything else is the same. It’s a short flight. We’re going to try to keep it as routine as possible. Is it a little disruption? Yes. But I think our guys are pros. They understand it.”
The team is planning to use the visitors side of everything in Ford Field so that it is the same when they return for the game four days later.
League spokesperson Brian McCarthy confirmed that the move had nothing to do with the Bills’ stadium being an outdoor facility without a dome and said the priority is that resources are not diverted from the community.
The decision was made in part to have resources available for other needs in the community and for the safety of people in the area and fans. The team had a major snow game in Orchard Park in 2017, and the Bills beat the Colts in overtime 13-7.
Buffalo had a home game against the New York Jets moved to Ford Field in November 2014 due to a snowstorm. The Bills won that game 38-3. That game was pushed back to Monday after being scheduled for a Sunday, but the Bills’ Thanksgiving game in Detroit makes the schedule this year less flexible.
With the news that the Browns-Bills game has been moved from Buffalo to Detroit, all previous bets made on the game are voided, per Caesars Sportsbook’s house rules.
The total, which moved from 47.5 to 42 (it had risen to 43 when the bets were voided) before the site change, attracted significant betting interest all week. The Browns-Bills under got more bets than any team to cover the spread besides Thursday night’s game between the Tennessee Titans and Green Bay Packers. It’s rare that totals attract more bets than the point spread.
With the game now in Detroit, Caesars Sportsbook is listing Buffalo as a 7.5-point favorite and the game has a total of 48.
Those with tickets to the game in Orchard Park will have their money reimbursed. New presale tickets for the game in Detroit will go on sale at 2 p.m. ET Friday for a cheaper price than normal game tickets with Bills season-ticket holders and fans getting first access.
“We are hoping for this to be still a home-field advantage away,” Beane said. “Luckily, it’s not across the country. We know Bills Mafia is all over, and hopefully those that are in Michigan area will definitely come, and hopefully the ones here that want to get out of the snow will drive over there.”
Buffalo also is dealing with several illnesses on the team. Three players — defensive back Cam Lewis, wide receiver Isaiah McKenzie and defensive tackle Jordan Phillips — missed Thursday’s practice with illnesses. Beane confirmed that the players are dealing with an illness other than COVID-19 and are expected to be back for the flight to Detroit.
With the loss of this week’s home game, the Bills will not play in Orchard Park again until Dec. 11 against the Jets.
Commanders sued for allegedly cheating fans out of ticket money
ASHBURN, Va. — The District of Columbia’s attorney general on Thursday filed a second lawsuit against the Washington Commanders, alleging that the team has cheated its residents out of “hundreds of thousands of dollars” in unreturned security deposits for season-ticket holders.
D.C. Attorney General Karl A. Racine said in a statement that Commanders executives engaged in “egregious mismanagement and illegal conduct.”
The latest lawsuit alleges the team has held onto potential refunds to season-ticket holders whose contracts with the team had expired. It claims the team still holds “nearly $200,000 in unreturned security deposits” paid by D.C. residents.
The suit alleges that the Commanders have engaged in — and continue to engage in — misleading business practices when it comes to security deposits, making them tough to receive. It said their acts were in violation of the District’s Consumer Protection Procedures Act.
According to a statement from a Commanders spokesperson, the franchise has not accepted security deposits on premium tickets for more than 20 years, nor have they taken deposits for suites in “over a decade.”
The team said it began returning deposits in 2004. Ten years later, the spokesperson said that management, as part of a comprehensive review, was instructed to send notices to more than 1,400 customers who held deposits. Team management was instructed to return all security deposits requested.
The lawsuit alleges that Washington only sent out those letters to avoid violating a Virginia law regarding withheld property.
“The team engaged an outside law firm and forensic auditors to conduct an extensive review of the team’s accounts which found no evidence that the team intentionally withheld security deposits that should have been returned to customers or that the team improperly converted any unclaimed deposits to revenue,” the Commanders’ statement on Thursday said.
Racine’s office is not the only one looking into financial improprieties by the Commanders. The Virginia Attorney General’s office announced in the spring that it had opened an investigation after the House Oversight Committee had sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission following allegations of financial improprieties by a former Washington employee. The team strongly refuted the charges.
Also, on Nov. 2, ESPN reported that the U.S. attorney’s office in the Eastern District of Virginia has opened a criminal investigation into allegations that the Commanders engaged in financial improprieties.
In a separate lawsuit filed by Racine last week, the Commanders, owner Dan Snyder, the NFL and commissioner Roger Goodell were alleged to have colluded to “deceive District residents about an investigation into toxic workplace culture and allegations of sexual assault.”
Meanwhile, the oversight committee still has not released the findings of its yearlong investigation into Snyder and the team’s workplace culture. Though Republicans will gain control of the House on Jan. 3, Democrats can still probe the situation until that time.
Rep. James Comer of Kentucky, who will become the ranking Republican member on the committee, said they will not continue the investigation into the team’s workplace culture once in power.
“It’s over,” Comer said in a statement Wednesday.
Attorney Mary Jo White’s investigation into the team on behalf of the NFL remains ongoing.