JOE BIDDLE: Locker, Titans fall to Green Bay 55-7, avoid shutout - WKRN News 2

JOE BIDDLE: Locker, Titans fall to Green Bay 55-7, avoid shutout

Green Bay, WI. -

Christmas came early for the Green Bay Packers.

Santa Claus delivered the Packers a gift-wrapped present in the form of the Tennessee Titans.

The 11-4 Packers have been very, very good this year. If the 55-7 beat-down is any indication, the Titans can expect nothing but lumps of coal in their stockings.

Trying to operate behind a patchwork offensive line, Titans quarterback Jake Locker suffered the worst defeat of his short career.

It truly ranks as one of the all-time stinkers in Titans history and did nothing to secure second-year coach Mike Munchak's future.

"Obviously, it wasn't very competitive at times,'' said Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, in what might have been the understatement of the season.

The first five offensive series saw the Titans go three-and-out, while the playoff-bound Packers scored on four of their first six possessions. The Titans first seven series consisted of four punts, two interceptions and turning the ball over on downs.

It was 20-0 at halftime and the Packers still had more punches to throw in the final 30 minutes. They opened the third quarter with a touchdown drive and with almost six minutes left in the third quarter, it was 34-0.

It was more one-sided than a dictator's re-election.

Locker should have been given a blindfold and a cigarette before facing the Packers firing squad.

He missed six of his first seven passes. At halftime, Locker had Animal House character John "Bluto'' Blutarsy's grade point average for his passer rating – zero point zero.

On the day, Locker was sacked seven times, threw two interceptions, and never had time to get close to being in sync. A lot of his passes were uncatchable, accelerating the widely held criticism of Locker's lack of accuracy in the passing game. In this league, you dearly pay if you can't hit your target.

Rodgers proved why he is one of the NFL's top quarterbacks and the league's reigning MVP. He was 27 of 38 for 342 yards and three touchdowns. He ran for another touchdown. The Titans were outgained, 460 yards to only 180 yards. Titans running back Chris Johnson was also no factor, held to 28 yards on 11 carries (2.5 yard average).

The Titans defense wasn't any better. The game clearly showed the difference between an elite NFL team and a 5-10 Titans team that is not only crippled by injuries, but also dysfunctional.

"That's too easy…. Too easy,'' said CBS Sports analyst Dan Dierdorf as he watched the Packers methodically run and pass their way through the Titans Swiss cheese defense for one of countless touchdowns.

"There is nothing good to say about the Tennessee Titans defense on that drive,'' Dierdorf added after yet another Packers touchdown.

Former Packers great Bart Starr could have riddled this Titans defense, which was once again guilty of missed tackles, missed assignments and being caught out of position too many occasions. I shudder to think what Brett Favre could have done against the Titans. Playing in his Wrangler jeans, the most retired quarterback in NFL history could have thrown for at least 200 yards and a couple of touchdowns.

It was 55-0 with less than two minutes left when Locker finally put the Titans on the scoreboard with a two-yard bullet to Kenny Britt. Big whoop.

It was way too little, way too late. Even die-hard Packers fans had lost interest by then.

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