NFL Analyst Believes the Green Bay Packers Can’t Defeat Titans

Published 12/26/2020, 2:27 PM EST
Dec 6, 2020; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) looks to pass to running back Jamaal Williams (30) against the Philadelphia Eagles during their football game Sunday, December 6, 2020, at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis. Mandatory Credit: Dan Powers-USA TODAY NETWORK


The Green Bay Packers are entering the final stretch of an excellent regular season. After 14 weeks, the Packers are 11-3 this season and a solid lock for the Playoffs from the NFC North as the first seed.

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Due to the exploits of the Green Bay Packers, they are now considered one of the favorites for the Super Bowl this year. However, this weekend they face a new challenge.

They face the in-form Derrick Henry and the Tennessee Titans. The Titans have had an excellent season so far, with a 10-4 record and the number one spot in the AFC South.

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NFL Analyst Mike Greenberg believes that if the Packers can shut down Derrick Henry, they are the favorites for the Super Bowl.

Dec 6, 2020; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) scrambles away from Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Raequan Williams (61) in the fourth quarter at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

He said, “If the Packers shut down Derrick Henry this weekend, then I will say they, the Green Bay Packers. That is their ticket to the Super Bowl. That is the one thing they haven’t been able to do.”

However, fellow analyst Louis Riddick did not agree with him about the Packers. When asked about whether he agreed with Greenberg’s assessment, he revealed that he does, but not for the reasons that one would think.

“Yeah, because they are not going to shut down Derrick Henry. This is a football team. Arthur Smith, the offensive coordinator in Tennessee, absolutely knows exactly who they want to be offensive. And they know exactly how they want to attack you…”

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He added, “Their running games are different. Their running backs are different. Derrick Henry, when you see him just take grown men and throw them to the ground.

“I’m going to bet on him. I’m going to be on how multiple this offense is in Tennessee. And I don’t think that this Green Bay has the firepower to deal with that right now.”

However, Reddick gave great credit to Packers’ star quarterback Aaron Rodgers. He believes that he has been the driving force for the franchise, offensively and defensively.

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“Although I will say this, Aaron has lifted the entire operation offensively and defensively. Because of his effect on the entire football team is something that you cannot question.

“They will be in the NFC championship game for sure. But I just don’t think they have enough upfront to deal with this Tennessee running game.”

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The Titans vs Packers game will be an interesting one to follow. Both teams have been excellent this season, and could meet in the Super Bowl at the end of the post-season.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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