Packers vs. Titans: Rodgers, Jones Decimate Titans in Blowout

Andrew GardaFeatured ColumnistDecember 23, 2012

There's not too much to say about the 55-7 drubbing the Green Bay Packers administered to the Tennessee Titans on Sunday, other than it wasn't very much in the Christmas spirit.

I was surprised to see Aaron Rodgers still throwing the ball deep into the third quarter, since this game was done by halftime. Considering WR Randall Cobb hurt his ankle and CB Davon House hurt his shoulder, caution with your franchise quarterback just short of the playoffs is advisable.

There is no point in keeping him in, especially since you know he'll play next week in a game which could have impact on the bye weeks and playoff seeding.

Cobb and House will probably be fine for the Week 17 game against the Minnesota Vikings, but it will be interesting to see how the Packers handle the situation. Green Bay could rest its players since the team knows it's in the playoffs, but that definitely makes the game against the Vikings, in the Metrodome, a tough one.

That's next week's problem, though.

This week, the team fired on all cylinders and pounded on a poor Titans team.

Ryan Grant looked like a new man, and perhaps he is after missing most of the season as an unwanted free agent. Both he and DuJuan Harris found the end zone and looked very solid running against what is admittedly a poor defense across the board.

James Jones and Cobb continue to play at a high level, and Greg Jennings stepped in when they were covered.

This is a scary offense, especially with Jordy Nelson coming back for at least the playoffs.

Defensively, of course pitching a shutout is what you always shoot for, but even not getting that, the defense was dominating. Their efforts kept Jake Locker and Co. under pressure all day.

Chris Johnson was contained by a defense known for poor play against the run. It was helped by a big lead, of course, but ultimately a good sign for a defense about to face Adrian Peterson.

You have to win the games you're supposed to.

That's what the Packers did Sunday in fine fashion.


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