The Green Bay Packers host the Tennessee Titans on Sunday as the Packers look to secure a first round bye for the playoffs. The game will be at 1:00 pm eastern time and will be shown on CBS.
Why you should watch: The Packers hope to jump the San Francisco 49ers in the race for the second first round bye in the NFC playoffs, but will have to hope that the 49ers lose on Sunday in Seattle in order to accomplish that. With the Falcons winning on Saturday night, home field advantage and the first of the two first round byes were secured. Green Bay currently sits in the third seed, ahead of the NFC East and the two wild card spots, but Green Bay will certainly try to get that first round bye tomorrow and next week if it is still in play.
What to watch for: If the Packers can stop Chris Johnson, they have a great chance to win the game on Sunday. CJ2K, as he is affectionately called, is capable of turning any run into a huge touchdown, as evidenced by his Monday night 94 yard touchdown run against the Jets. He simply hit a hole and outran everyone else to the end zone. He is also, however, prone to trying too hard to hit the home run play and will miss the holes that are there for him, and the Titans offensive line has not played well this year. Green Bay can shut down the Tennessee offense if they can contain Johnson, as Jake Locker is not much of a threat to back him up.
Key matchups: Green Bay running backs against the Titans front seven. The Titans have a very underrated and explosive front seven on the defensive side of the ball. They can make plays in the backfield and get to the quarterback as well. An important aspect of the game will be whether or not the Packers can run the ball effectively. If they can, they will provide some much needed balance to the offense, and will help ice the game if it is close late, something the Packers have struggled with all season.
The Pick: I do not see the Packers struggling in this one at all, rolling 28-7. Tennessee is simply not high-powered enough to hang with Green Bay, and their defense is not consistent enough to keep Aaron Rodgers and the Packers offense from imposing their will. The Packers will keep their first round bye hopes alive, winning this one easily.