Wrap-up: Packers 55, Titans 7
December, 23, 2012
By Paul Kuharsky | ESPN.com
Thoughts on the Titans’ 55-7 loss to the Packers at Lambeau Field:
What it means: For the sixth time in their 10 losses the Titans were beaten by more than 20 points. Green Bay did whatever it wanted against overmatched Tennessee, building a big enough lead that the Packers pulled Aaron Rodgers and played Graham Harrell at quarterback for most of the fourth quarter. It’s another result that will fuel debate about whether Mike Munchak is the right coach and Jake Locker is the right quarterback for this franchise.
What I didn’t like: In short order early on, Locker underthrew a wide open Taylor Thompson, overthrew Nate Washington and threw behind Damian Williams, who popped the ball into the air as he got his hands on it and watched it get intercepted. I don’t see how anyone can defend Locker’s accuracy or field presence right now. I’m not particularly interested in hearing about his better second half. When a quarterback is 3-for-12 for 35 yards, three sacks, two picks and a passer rating of 0 before halftime, it’s hard for him to be as bad after intermission.
What I also didn’t like: Referee Clete Blakeman and his crew huddled up and decided to call intentional grounding against Locker in the first quarter when Chris Johnson came within inches of touching the pass in question. That was ridiculous.
Rodgers’ day: Aaron Rodgers completed 27 of 38 passes for 342 yards with three touchdowns, a 125.1 passer rating and a rushing touchdown.
What’s next: The Titans finish their season with a home game against the Jaguars, who beat them 24-19 on Nov. 25 in Jacksonville. A good performance in a win could qualify as one last push for Munchak to keep his job.