Ryan Tannehill’s big day helps the Titans defeat Packers on the road

GREEN BAY, Wisconsin — The Tennessee Titans settled business Thursday on the road against the Green Bay Packers in a 27-17 win at Lambeau Field.

Despite the red-hot rookie wide receiver Christian Watson Catching two touchdown passes from the quarterback Aaron Rodgerscountered Tennessee with two touchdown passes to the tight end Austin Hooper.

A big game put things away as the Titans’ rookie receiver Treylon Burks pulled in a 51-yard pass that allowed the Titans to kneel down the clock.


Tennessee Titans

The Titans (7-3) took the fight to the Packers. quarterback Ryan Tannehill led his best game of the season with 22 of 27 passes for 333 yards, two touchdowns and an interception to level the offense.

Back race Derrick Henry rushed for 87 yards with 28 carries and a touchdown. He now has over 1,000 rushing yards in the season. Henry also had 45 yards on two catches and threw in a 3-yard touchdown pass Austin Hooper. He joined the San Francisco 49ers running back Christian McCaffrey the only non-quarterback to have a passing-and-rushing touchdown in a game this season.

Promising trend: Titans receivers impacted the game for the second straight week. Beginner Treylon Burks Things started with a 43-yard reception that set up Tennessee’s first touchdown on the opening drive. Burks finished with seven receptions for 111 yards, both of which were career highs. Robert Wood chipped in with six catches for 69 yards.

QB Breakdown: Tannehill was ultra efficient. Most of his big plays came from play action where the Packers focused on stopping Henry. He delivered Burk’s perfect passes for the big game and Chigoziem Okonkwo for another, and he threaded the needle between two defenders to Hooper for a 16-yard touchdown. Tannehill’s passes caught his receivers in the crotch, giving them a chance to gain yards from the catch. It was his second straight game with at least 250 passing yards and two touchdown passes.

key game: The Packers closed the gap to 14-9 on a 39-yard field goal attempt Mason Crosby. Tannehill found Okonkwo for a 31-yard completion two plays after the kick return. Okonkwo managed to catch the Tannehill pass and stay within bounds as he fell to the ground after the Packers safety Darnell Savage Bit on the route below, leaving it wide open. The game turned the field after Tennessee was pinned back at their 12-yard line.

Under the radar stats: Henry became the fifth player in NFL history to have 10 rushing touchdowns in five straight seasons, joining LaDainian Tomlinson. Adrian PetersonShaun Alexander and Michael Turner.

Next game: vs. Cincinnati Bengals, Nov. 27.


Green Bay packers

Good night Green Bay. There will be no encore. The Packers’ good spirits lasted a full four days after they defeated the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday to end a five-game losing streak.

With the Philadelphia Eagles next, this has the makings of another losing streak. At 4-7, the Packers could be one loss away from this season being a losing season. One of the few good things to come out of this game was the continued emergence of rookie receivers Christian Watson, whose two touchdown catches took him to five in his last two games. Watson finished for 48 yards on four catches and the two points.

Stunning NextGen Stats: Watson’s 14-yard touchdown catch was the definition of a narrow window throw. According to NFL NextGen Stats, Watson was 0.5 yards behind Titan’s cornerback Christian Fulton. That’s the smallest breakup of Rodgers’ 55 touchdown passes in the last two seasons.

Describe the game in two words: defensive breakdowns. A busted cover against a rookie tight end, Okonkwo, for 31 yards, missed tackles on a 42-yard screen pass to Henry, and then being completely fooled on a jump pass from Henry to Hooper all happened on the same drive in the third quarter and resulted in a game-changing touchdown. In a way, breakdowns were THE story of defensive coordinator Joe Barry’s unit for most of the season.

silver lining: The return of Randall Cobb made a difference – and not just as a recipient. Cobb had a team with high receptions (six) and yards (73), and he also returned punts and recovered Aaron Jones Fumble that gave the Packers their first touchdown of the game. Cobb had missed the last four games on injured reserve with a sprained ankle. He was added to the squad just hours before kick-off.

Under the radar stats: Thursday marked the Packers’ fifth straight loss as a favorite in what is their longest losing streak as a favorite in a single season.

Next game: at Eagles, Nov. 27.

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