Packers Still Have Work To Do

The Green Bay Packers (10-4) will play their final regular-season home game of 2012 when they welcome the Tennessee Titans (5-9) to Lambeau Field Sunday.  The Packers have locked up the NFC North Division title and secured at least one home game in the NFL playoffs.  Now, with a little help, Green Bay hopes to move up in the NFC seedings and get a first round bye in the postseason.  Head coach Mike McCarthy’s team has had its share of injuries this season and getting extra rest in the playoffs would definitely help…

While it seems unlikely that the Packers will catch the Atlanta Falcons (12-2) for the top seed in the NFC, it is not out of the realm of possibility that they could be the number two seed.  The Packers could use some help this week from the Seattle Seahawks (9-5), who are playing the San Francisco 49ers (10-3-1).  After their controversial week three loss at Seattle, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was asked if it will be tough to pull for the Seahawks…

The Titans are an uncommon opponent for the Packers.  The two teams have not met in the regular season since 2008 and the two teams have not played at Lambeau Field since 2004.  What that means is more film work for Rodgers and the Packers…

The Packers defense will be faced with the challenge of trying to slow down Titans running back Chris Johnson.  He has three touchdown runs of 80 or more yards this season, including a 94-yard score this past Monday night against the New York Jets.  Defensive tackle B.J. Raji thinks that the Packers will be up to the challenge…

Sunday’s game will be a family reunion of sorts for Clay Matthews.  His uncle Bruce Matthews is the offensive line coach for the Titans and his cousin Kevin Matthews is a center with Tennessee.  The Packers linebacker is looking forward to the matchup…

Kickoff of Sunday’s game between the Packers and Titans is set for Noon.

Notes:
This is the eleventh meeting between the two teams.  The Packers are 4-6 in the previous ten games with the Titans.

The Packers have won three straight and eight of their last nine.

The Packers have won 19 of their last 20 regular-season games at Lambeau Field and 25 of their last 27 at home.

Since 1992, the Packers have gone 19-1 in their final home game of the regular-season.  Their only loss came in 2004 to Jacksonville.

Receiver Randall Cobb needs just ten yards to break Ahman Green’s Packers single-season record for total yardage (2,250 yards).  Cobb said putting his name in the record book would be an honor…

Injury Report:
Packers: OUT – TE Tom Crabtree (hamstring), WR Jordy Nelson (hamstring), RB James Starks (knee), DE C.J. Wilson (knee), DB Charles Woodson (collarbone). QUESTIONABLE – RB Alex Green (concussion), G Greg Van Roten (back/illness), DE Jerel Worthy (hamstring), T Don Barclay (illness). PROBABLE – WR Randall Cobb (shoulder), G/T T.J. Lang (concussion/illness), QB Aaron Rodgers (ankle), C Jeff Saturday (neck/shoulder), LB Erik Walden (ankle). N/A – FB John Kuhn (not injury related).

Titans: OUT – C Kevin Matthews (ankle). QUESTIONABLE – LB Colin McCarthy (concussion), CB Ryan Mouton (hamstring), DE Scott Solomon (knee), WR Damian Williams (hamstring), WR Kendall Wright (rib). PROBABLE – WR Kenny Britt (knee), QB Jake Locker (left shoulder), LB Will Witherspoon (hamstring).

Other NFC North Games:
Minnesota at Houston (12 PM)
Chicago at Arizona (3:25 PM)
Atlanta beat Detroit (4-11), 31-18 (Sat)

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