It wouldn't be accurate to call Sunday's game between the Titans and Packers a probable Super Bowl preview, as a number of AFC teams would dispute that forecast.
But the contest is certainly a high-powered inter-conference clash, considering the teams are both leading their respective divisions and averaging over 30 points per game.
So let's take a look at what the betting numbers tell us about this contest
Green Bay Packers vs. Detroit Lions Over/Under Betting
Total Points – 58.4% of bets have been on the game going OVER the total points line of 56 --<end bold> The only caution I would have here is that the game is in Green Bay, where late-December games can be impacted by brutal weather conditions. The current forecast for Sunday night has a kick-off temperature in the high-20's, with potential snow showers. It's far from ideal, but I don't think it's enough to stifle either of these electric offenses.
The Titans enter the contest looking to become the first team in NFL history to record at least 30 points and 420 yards in six straight games. They've topped 40 points four times this season, twice in the past month. The Packers, meanwhile, have topped 30 points in four of their past five games. They'll be facing a Titans defense that's ranked 27th overall, 29th against the pass. So I'd feel good about the over in this game, especially considering the Titans have hit the over in 11 of 14 contests this year.
Green Bay Packers vs. Detroit Lions Moneyline Betting
Moneyline – 74.3% of bets have been on the Packers to win:<end bold> Who bets against the Packers at home, especially with the top seed still up for grabs in the NFC? Green Bay is 18-4-1 at Lambeau Field the last three seasons, 13-2 the last two years, 6-1 this season. Sure, the Packers have clinched the NFC North, but there's still the matter of grabbing the conference's first-round bye.
The Titans have their own share of incentive, as they could clinch first place in the AFC South with a win, coupled with an Indianapolis loss in Pittsburgh. And the Titans have already posted a couple of impressive road wins this season – at Baltimore and at Indianapolis. But I simply think the Packers' defense will find more ways to stop the Titans' offense than vice-versa, which is why this looks like a solid bet for Green Bay.
Green Bay Packers vs. Detroit Lions ATS Betting
Spread – 57.2% of bets have been on the Packers -3 points:<end bold> Only one of the Titans' four losses this season have been by three points or less, as Tennessee has fallen by 11 to Cincinnati, 17 to Indianapolis and six to Cleveland. In two of those losses, the issue was that the Titans fell behind by significant early margins and never could right the ship.
Last week's return of starting cornerback Adoree Jackson makes the Titans' secondary the best that it's been all season. But the defense has still accumulated a league-total of 14 sacks, meaning Aaron Rodgers should have all kinds of time to do damage. Until the Titans' defense shows it can stop an elite offense, there will be doubts about this team's ceiling. With that in mind, it may be difficult for Tennessee to keep the final margin to a field goal or less.
Green Bay Packers vs. Detroit Lions Odds
|Team||ML Odds||Point Spread|
|Tennessee Titans||+150||+3 (-113)|
|Green Bay Packers||-150||-3 (-108)|