Titans vs. Packers score, takeaways: Derrick Henry does it all, leads Tennessee past Green Bay to keep warm

The Tennessee Titans defeated the Green Bay Packers 27-17. The Packers fell to 4-7, while the Titans improved to 7-3.

The Titans were first on the scoreboard on an 83-yard drive that ended with a Dontrell Hilliard touchdown reception from Ryan Tannehill. The Packers got their first points on a touchdown pass from Aaron Rodgers to Christian Watson. The extra point was blocked, leaving the score at 7-6.

A rushing touchdown from Derrick Henry just before halftime gave the Titans a 14–6 lead. Not only did Henry impress on the ground, but he also showed off his quarterback skills by throwing a touchdown pass to Austin Hooper.

The Packers came within three thanks to another Watson touchdown and a successful two-point conversion. Not long after, the Titans responded with Hooper’s second touchdown of the night, this time on a coin toss by Tannehill.

The Titans sealed the win with a defensive stop on fourth and short, getting the ball back with just over two minutes left. They played one game before the two-minute caution, a 51-yard pass to Treylon Burks that put the finishing touches to an impressive win.

Tannehill has now won its last five starts and the Titans have won seven of their last eight games.

Why the Titans won

The Titans were dominant throughout most of the game, not trailing once in the “Thursday Night Football” game. They beat the Packers in terms of total first downs, total yards, passing yards, rushing yards, yards per play, and time of possession. If your offensive comes out on top in so many categories, that usually means you win too.

Quarterback Ryan Tannehill played a great game, going 22 of 27 with 333 yards and two touchdowns. He did have one interception, but it wasn’t a game changer.

Derrick Henry was the other star of the game, totaling 87 yards on 28 carries with one rushing touchdown and one passing touchdown (more on that in the “Play of the Game” section). This creative offense threw out the Packers’ defense.

Rookie Treylon Burks led the team in receiving with 111 yards on seven catches, including a 51-yarder to officially seal the win. Robert Woods was also efficient through the air, accumulating 69 yards on six receptions.

Why the Packers lost

Playing from behind the entire game, the Packers could never do enough to catch up with a Titans team that only gets better as the season progresses. The Titans came out looking more comfortable and prepared than the home team.

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers went 24 of 39 with 227 yards and two touchdowns, but it was the missed wide open receivers that were the most puzzling and damaging. The Titans aren’t the hardest secondary to play against in the league, but the Packers made it For real good with their offensive battle. Rodgers’ longest pass was a 28-yard throw to Randall Cobb.

The defense was unable to contain Tannehill, and even when they knocked him out, the offense was unable to capitalize.

Turning point

The Titans’ second touchdown, a four-yard rush from Henry, extended their lead for the half and gave them momentum going into the third quarter. The defense then held the Packers to a field goal to open the second half. It’s always a win to hold Rodgers to three points as he marches down the field, even in a year when the Packers aren’t playing at their usual level.

Game of the game

Henry is a remarkable running back, but it turns out he’s quite the quarterback as well. On the second goal, Henry got the ball and it looked like he would do what he does best – hit the ball into the end zone. However, the attack had a trick up its sleeve. Henry threw the ball to Austin Hooper for the TD to extend the Titans lead. After the game, Henry complimented Hooper on the catch, noting that the game was due to head coach Mike Vrabel and the offensive staff.

What’s next

The Titans will host the Cincinnati Bengals next week, who go into the weekend 5-4. The Bengals hope wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase can make his return in Week 12 against Tennessee. Chase is sidelined with a hip injury.

The Packers head to Philadelphia to face the Philadelphia Eagles. Philly just lost its first game of the season, losing to the Washington Commanders in Week 10. That puts them 8-1 heading into the weekend and in first place in the NFC, with the tiebreaker over the 8-1 Minnesota Vikings.

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