Last season the Green Bay Packers went 8-7-1 and won the NFC North. They then lost 23-20 to the San Francisco 49ers in the Wild Card round. The Tennessee Titans went 7-9, finished second in the AFC South and missed the playoffs. This season both teams have goals of making the playoffs, winning their division and being crowned Super Bowl champions. The quest for both teams to meet those goals begins on Saturday, Aug. 9 at 8 p.m. ET when the Packers take on the Titans in a preseason game at LP Field.
The last time these two teams met in the preseason was Sept. 3, 2009, at LP Field when the Titans won 27-13. QB Aaron Rodgers completed two of this three pass attempts for seven yards. QB Brian Brohm played the majority of the game since it was the preseason finale. He threw for 154 yards, completing 20-of-28 pass attempts.
This will be the Titans’ first game under new head coach Ken Whisenhunt. Whisenhunt was hired by the Titans in the offseason and became the 17th head coach in franchise history, the third in the “Titans era.” Mike McCarthy became the 14th head coach in Packers history in 2006.
Since this will be the first preseason game for both teams, look for the starters to play approximately three series. Preseason games can help teams get back into the flow of playing in football games, but mainly they help the coaching staffs make final roster decisions. The Packers will be looking to see how some of their rookies, like Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, perform. The Titans will be doing the same, but they will also probably take a really close look at how QB Zach Mettenberger does. Jake Locker does not seem to be the answer at QB for the Titans.
Technically the season begins for both teams once they kickoff their preseason game, but does the score really matter? No. What is important is each team working to get themselves in a position to be successful once the regular season begins.