Tennessee Titans (5-5) 47, Green Bay Packers (4-5) 25
Sunday November 13th 2016 (at Nashville)
Tennessee Titans wide receiver Kendall Wright (13) beats Green Bay Packers defensive back Micah Hyde (33) to the end zone as Wright scores a touchdown on a 6-yard pass reception in the first half (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) is sacked by Tennessee Titans defensive lineman DaQuan Jones (90) for a loss of 10 yards in the first half (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)
Green Bay Packers and Tennessee Titans players scuffle after Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was hit after scoring a touchdown in the second half (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)
GAME RECAP (ASSOCIATED PRESS)
(NASHVILLE) - Mike Mularkey credits Marcus Mariota for why the Tennessee Titans are scoring points at a clip this franchise has never seen before. Having Aaron Rodgers just isn't enough right now for the Green Bay Packers. Mariota threw for 295 yards and four touchdowns Sunday, helping the Titans rout the Packers 47-25 for their second win in three games. Tennessee has scored at least 35 points in three straight games in that span, something this franchise has never done before in a single season even with quarterbacks named George Blanda, Warren Moon or Steve McNair. "He's playing well for us right now," Mularkey said. "He knows the things we can't do with the turnovers, but he's the reason we have the chance to put the points up." DeMarco Murray also ran for 123 yards, including a 75-yard touchdown on Tennessee's first play from scrimmage. Six different Titans scored a touchdown helping Tennessee (5-5) match its win total of the past two seasons combined. The Packers (4-5) lost their third straight and for the fourth time in five games, falling below .500 at the latest point in the season since 2013 . Injuries are piling up, and it only gets tougher for Green Bay with two more road games before they play at Lambeau Field again. "We dug ourselves a huge, huge hole and, frankly, it comes down to the basics of football," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. "We weren't nearly to the standard that we expect from one another." Here are some things to know about Tennessee's big win:
STREAKING MARIOTA: Mariota came into this game tied with Rodgers for the most touchdown passes in the NFL over the previous five weeks at 13. He threw two more than Rodgers to match the franchise record set by Moon in 1987 for most consecutive games with multiple TD passes at six. Mariota also has 21 TD passes this season, making him the first quarterback for this franchise to throw at least 20 in a season since Steve McNair had 24 in 2003. McNair was co-MVP that season with Peyton Manning. Mariota is the first quarterback in league history to have three games with a 70 percent or better completion rate, at least four TD passes and no interceptions during his first two seasons.
POTENT TITANS: Tennessee has scored at least 26 points in each of the past six games, cranking up the offense to 36, 35 and now 47 points against Green Bay. They also had five plays of at least 32 yards or longer, four of those passes from Mariota. He completed TD passes to four different players.
STRUGGLING PACKERS: For the second straight week, the Packers found themselves trailing. This time, they have only themselves to blame after the Titans attempted an onside kick to open the game with the ball going straight to the Packers. With the ball at the Tennessee 49, Green Bay went three-and-out. "It took a little bit to get going," Rodgers said.
LEWAN EJECTED: The Titans certainly didn't miss left tackle Taylor Lewan as DeMarco Murray ran for 123 yards and a TD with Tennessee piling up 446 yards of total offense. But Mariota was sacked twice, the first sacks allowed by Tennessee in three games. He was tossed after knocking away back judge Steve Freeman's hand at the start of Tennessee's second series. Mularkey said he had told his team referee Jeff Triplette's crew already had ejected five players this season. Lewan said he wasn't proud of what happened.
INJURIES: The Packers lost two players within the first five minutes to ankle injuries. Both linebacker Jake Ryan and starting right guard T.J. Lang hurt ankles and originally were questionable to return before being ruled out early in the third quarter. Dan Barclay replaced Lang. Then Packers left tackle David Bakhtiari hurt a knee and was replaced by rookie Jason Spriggs late in the third quarter. McCarthy said they had so many injuries in the game he didn't have a list when he talked with reporters after the game or an update on Bakhtiari.
QUOTABLE: "We knew we had to bring it, or it could have gotten ugly for us," said Titans linebacker Brian Orakpo who had two of Tennessee's five sacks.
                         GREEN BAY     TENNESSEE
First downs                     21            19
Rushes-yards                 13-69        30-162
Net Passing yards              333           284
Passing (Att-Comp-Int)     55-32-2       27-20-0
Sacked-Yards Lost             5-46          2-21
Punts-Average               4-50.5        4-41.5
Fumbles                        1-1           0-0
Penalties-Yards             12-107          7-65
Time of Possession           30:29         29:31
GREEN BAY -  0  16   9   0 - 25
TENNESSEE - 21  14   6   6 - 47
1st - TENN - DeMarco Murray, 75-yard run (Ryan Succop kick) TENNESSEE 7-0
1st - TENN - Delanie Walker, 10-yard pass from Murray (Succop kick) TENNESSEE 14-0
1st - TENN - Anthony Fasano, 9-yard pass from Marcus Mariota (Succop kick) TENNESSEE 21-0
2nd - GB - Jordy Nelson, 1-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby kick) TENNESSEE 21-7
2nd - TENN - Rishard Matthews, 32-yard pass from Mariota (Succop kick) TENNESSEE 28-7
2nd - GB - Crosby, 29-yard field goal TENNESSEE 28-10
2nd - TENN - Kendall Wright, 6-yard pass from Mariota (Succop kick) TENNESSEE 35-10
2nd - GB - James Starks, 13-yard pass from Rodgers (Kick failed) TENNESSEE 35-16
3rd - GB - Rodgers, 20-yard run (Run failed) TENNESSEE 35-22
3rd - TENN - Tajae Sharpe, 33-yard pass from Mariota (Pass failed) TENNESSEE 41-22
3rd - GB - Crosby, 38-yard field goal TENNESSEE 41-25
4th - TENN - Succop, 51-yard field goal TENNESSEE 44-25
4th - TENN - Succop, 23-yard field goal TENNESSEE 47-25
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
RUSHING
GREEN BAY - James Starks 7-33, Aaron Rodgers 3-27 1 TD, Ty Montgomery 3-9
TENNESSEE - DeMarco Murray 17-123 1 TD, Derrick Henry 9-31, Marcus Mariota 4-8
PASSING
GREEN BAY - Aaron Rodgers 51-31-371 2 TD 2 INT, Brett Hundley 4-1-8
TENNESSEE - Marcus Mariota 26-19-295 4 TD, DeMarco Murray 1-1-10 1 TD
RECEIVING
GREEN BAY - Jordy Nelson 12-126 1 TD, Davante Adams 6-156, Randall Cobb 4-31, James Starks 3-11 1 TD, Richard Rodgers 4-27, Ty Montgomery 2-11, Geronimo Allison 1-17
TENNESSEE - Delanie Walker 9-124 1 TD, Tajae Sharpe 3-68 1 TD, Rishard Matthews 3-63 1 TD, DeMarco Murray 2-33, Kendall Wright 2-8 1 TD, Anthony Fasano 1-9 1 TD
NFC NORTH DIVISION STANDINGS
Minnesota 5  4  0 .556 175  152
Detroit   5  4  0 .556 205  206
GREEN BAY 4  5  0 .444 223  234
Chicago   2  7  0 .222 141  215

AROUND THE NFC NORTH - WEEK 8
Sunday November 13th
WASHINGTON 26, Minnesota 20 - Preston Smith kept wondering if Sam Bradford was going to throw the ball, and then he just wanted to make sure he held on. Smith grabbed a crucial interception and dropped Bradford with two sacks, helping the Washington Redskins beat the Minnesota Vikings 26-20 on Sunday for their first victory in almost a month. After allowing 20 consecutive points in 5:39 to close out the second quarter, Smith and the Redskins (5-3-1) shut out the Vikings (5-4) in the second half of Minnesota's fourth consecutive loss. "We played lockdown defense," cornerback Josh Norman said. "We got the shutout in the second half, didn't give up any more points (and got) three-and-outs." Smith was a big part of the resurgence. Amid a quiet season, he was the big-play component the Redskins needed, delivering the type of production coach Jay Gruden wanted to see from the second-year linebacker. "Jay has been riding me like one of those horses," said Smith, who secured the victory by sacking Bradford in the final seconds. "I feel like Jay is a jockey, and I'm the horse trying to win the race and he's just been riding me so hard and not giving me (any) break." Bradford finished 31 of 40 for 307 yards, two touchdowns and the interception. Kyle Rudolph and Adam Thielen each had a touchdown reception during the burst in the second quarter, and Stefon Diggs finished with 13 catches for 164 yards. "Stef's going to make plays," said Redskins cornerback Kendall Fuller, a high school teammate of Diggs. "You just have to find a way to limit him and
make a play when it counts. Any game he plays he's going to get his." Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins was 22 of 33 for 262 yards and touchdown passes to Vernon Davis and Jamison Crowder. Undrafted rookie running back Robert Kelley had 22 carries for 97 yards in his second game as the starter.
It was a well-timed win for the Redskins, who were coming off their bye week and had tied the Cincinnati Bengals in London and lost in the final minute to the Detroit Lions. Dustin Hopkins had all 12 of Washington's second-half points, including a 50-yard field goal.
TAMPA BAY 36, Chicago 10 - Jameis Winston kept retreating toward his own goal line, seemingly in disregard for the best interests of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The second-year quarterback often is at his best when he's improvising, though, and the first overall pick from the 2015 draft kept scrambling into the end zone and back out before heaving a 38-yard completion to Mike Evans. The play started at his own 23 and ended at the Chicago 38, where Evans made a leaping catch. On the next play, Winston threw his second TD pass in a 36-10 rout of the Bears on Sunday. "That's Jameis making plays," Bucs coach Dirk Koetter said, though that hardly crossed the coach's mind while Winston was heading the wrong way with the Bucs clinging to a seven-point lead early in the third quarter. "Throw it away. Throw it away. Do anything. Don't take a safety," Koetter recalled himself thinking. "But, the thing about Jameis, Jameis is going to do some things that we don't plan for and he's going to do some things that sometimes I don't like," the coach added. "But Jameis is going to make some plays. That's who he is. ... You can't coach that out of him. He's a special player in that respect." Winston finished 23 of 33 for 312 yards with one interception, helping the Bucs (4-5) win at home for the first time this season. The Bears (2-7) are winless in five road games. "That was a great play by him. ... He retreated. I tried to get him again and he stepped up in the pocket and let it rip," Bears linebacker Leonard Floyd said. "Great play by him." Winston threw for TDs of 10 yards to Cameron Brate and 43 yards to Freddie Martino, a former practice squad player with two career receptions. Two weeks after returning from injury and helping the Bears (2-7) beat NFC North leader Minnesota, Jay Cutler threw two interceptions and fumbled twice, one resulting in a third-quarter safety that put the Bucs up 29-10. The Bucs forced four turnovers overall and sacked Cutler four times. Even though the Bears are last in the league in scoring, it was a confidence-building performance for a defense that yielded 73 points and 1,087 yards - including 857 passing - in home losses to Oakland and Atlanta the previous two weeks. Cutler missed five games with a sprained right thumb before playing well and not turning the ball over against the Vikings. The Bears had a bye last week, but the momentum they built against Minnesota didn't carry over to the trip to Tampa. The Bears scored on Cameron Meredith's 50-yard TD reception on the final play of the first half. Cutler finished 16 of 30 for 182 yards, and Tampa Bay's Chris Conte returned a first-quarter interception 20 yards to give the Bucs a 7-0 lead. "Any given week, you can win, you can lose. It depends on how you execute," Cutler said. "Obviously, we didn't get the job done today."