Published on 22 Nov 2022 8:35 pm (UK Time)
Week 11 in the NFL. Teams are beginning to be eliminated from playoff contention, and the playoff picture is becoming more apparent. Let’s look back at what happened this week.
Over for Rodgers?
It seems like every Green Bay Packers game this season has been interesting. They started their season with a loss to the Vikings, then went on a 3 game-winning streak. Then, an event that I am referring to as “London” happened, which began a 5 game-losing streak. Last week, victory finally returned to Wisconsin as the team beat the Dallas Cowboys and improved their record to 4-6. Could they keep this success up, as they faced the 6-3 Tennessee Titans?
It did not start well for the Packers. On the Titan’s opening drive, quarterback Ryan Tannehill quickly moved the ball down into the Packers’ RedZone. From this, a 14-yard throw from Tannehill was caught by Dontrell Hilliard for a touchdown. The Packers did strike back a few drives later. In an 11-play drive like the Titans before them, Green Bay Quarterback Aaron Rodgers and company drove the ball into Tenneessee’s RedZone. Then, a 14-yard pass from Rodgers to wide receiver Christian Watson found the house for a touchdown. However, Mason Crosby’s PAT was blocked, giving the Titans a 7-6 lead.
After a long drive from the Titans that stalled on the Packers 4 yard line and lead to a turnover on downs, and the Packers not doing anything in the subsequent drive, it was looking like this game was going to be another boring and dull Thursday Night game. We did see some progress before halftime. Taking advantage of the good field position they were given due to the Packers inability to move the ball towards, the Titans quickly moved the ball up to the 4-yard line. Could they convert this time? Yes, they could. A 4 yard-rushing touchdown from Derrick Henry gave the Titans a 14-6 lead going into halftime.
The second half started with many scores from both teams. It opened with a Packers driver that ended with a 39-line field goal. Then, on the Titians drive, Austin Hooper caught a 3-yard pass from Derrick Henry for a touchdown, but the PAT Missed. 20-9 to the Titans.
The Packers quickly replied. A 8-yard touchdown pass from Aaron Rodgers to Christian Watson was followed by a successful two pint conversion to bring the Tennessee lead to 3 points. Then, another Austin Hooper touchdown imcreaed their lead to 10 points going into the final quarter.
If the game’s 3rd quarter was amazing, the final quarter was a bore fest. No scoring, punts and the occasional failed 4th down turnover were the story of this quarter. When it finally ended, the Titians had recorded a 27-17 win over the Green Bay Packers. Another loss for Rodgers and company is not what he needed. I do think that we need to start asking the question of whether Aaron Rodgers has a future in Green Bay.
With the win, the Titans go to 7-3 on the season, and will face the Cincinnati Bengals next week. The Packers fall to 4-7 on the season and face the Philadelphia Eagles next week on Sunday Night Football. God help them.
The Detriot Bills?
Snow games. Something that all NFL fans enjoy. This week, Western New York experienced heavy snowfall, with the Bills stadium being buried in snow. Due to safety concerns surrounding travel, the game could not be held in Buffalo, and the game was relocated to Detriot, as the Lions were away in East Rutherford, New Jersey (more about that visit later on). So, at technically a neutral venue, who did the Buffalo/Detroit Bills get on against the Cleveland Browns?