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The Green Bay Packers are getting hot at the right time and look like one of the more dangerous teams in the NFC heading toward the playoffs. The Packers will be trying to position themselves for a first-round bye when they host the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. Green Bay locked up the NFC North with a win over the Chicago Bears last week but still sit a half-game back of the San Francisco 49ers for the No. 2 seed.

The Titans snapped a three-game slide with a 14-10 win over the New York Jets on Monday but struggled to get much going on offense aside from Chris Johnson's long touchdown run. Tennessee has averaged 16.5 points in its last four games. The Titans will likely need more than that to keep up with the Packers and quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who is coming off a three-touchdown performance. Rodgers has thrown 32 touchdowns and just eight interceptions in 2012.

TV: 1 p.m. ET, CBS. LINE: Packers -12.5, O/U 46

ABOUT THE TITANS (5-9):
Quarterback Jake Locker has not been asked to carry the offense but has still made his share of mistakes. The second-year starter totaled seven interceptions during the three-game slide and is running even on the season with nine TDs and nine picks. Johnson broke loose for a 94-yard touchdown on Monday but managed only 28 yards on his other 20 carries as the defense loaded the box. His 122-yard performance did snap a string of three straight games under 100 yards, not coincidentally three losses. The Titans’ defense has stepped up of late. After yielding 34.2 points through the first nine games, Tennessee has held its last five opponents to an average of 17.6.

ABOUT THE PACKERS (10-4): Green Bay was a wild card team when it won the Super Bowl two years ago and lost as the top seed last season. Even so, the Packers are fighting for the first-round bye and home-field advantage in the second round. Green Bay will have to play hard to the finish line in order to keep that possibility alive, something it neglected to do last season. The Packers have to travel to Minnesota for the regular-season finale next week and play a Vikings team that could be fighting for a wild card spot. Rodgers, who sat out last season’s finale, might not have Jordy Nelson (hamstring) available in the passing game this week but should have Greg Jennings and James Jones, who caught all three of Rodgers’ TD passes against the Bears.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Jennings made headlines on Tuesday when he said he will likely not be back with Green Bay next season. The emergence of Jones, Nelson and Randall Cobb has made Jennings expendable.

2. Tennessee has taken three straight in the series, with the last win coming on Nov. 2, 2008.

3. WR-KR Cobb is aiming to become the first player in NFL history with 1,000 yards receiving (892) and returning (964).

PREDICTION: Packers 28, Titans 17

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Last Injuries

Green Bay Packers

  • Randy Ramsey

    Groin
    Ques Mon | questionable

    Ramsey has been unavailable for the past three games due to a groin injury, and it is unclear if he will make his season debut Monday versus the Falcons.

  • Christian Kirksey

    Shoulder
    Ques Mon | questionable

    Kirksey left the previous game due to a right shoulder injury, and it is undetermined if he will be a participant in Monday's contest versus the Falcons.

  • Rashan Gary

    Ankle
    Ques Mon | questionable

    Gary injured his ankle in the last game, and it is uncertain if he will play Monday against the Falcons.

  • Allen Lazard

    Undisclosed
    Ques Mon | questionable

    Lazard is tending to an unspecified injury, and it remains to be seen if he will dress for Monday's battle with the Falcons.

  • Josiah Deguara

    Shin
    Ques Mon | questionable

    Deguara has sat out the previous two games with injuries to his shin and ankle. It is uncertain if he will return Monday against the Falcons.

  • Kenny Clark

    Groin
    Ques Mon | questionable

    Clark has missed the last two games with a groin injury, and it is unknown if he will line up against the Falcons on Monday.

  • Davante Adams

    Hamstring
    Prob Mon | probable

    Adams was held out of the previous game with a hamstring injury, and his availability for Monday's matchup versus the Falcons is likely.

  • Elgton Jenkins

    Back
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Jenkins is managing injuries to his back and ribs, and his status for Sunday's game against the Saints remains unclear.

Tennessee Titans

  • Derick Roberson

    Illness
    Ques Week 5 | questionable

    Roberson has missed the past three games with an illness and a knee injury. It is unclear if he will make his season debut Week 5 against the Bills.

  • DaQuan Jones

    Illness
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Jones has been designated for the Injured Reserve/COVID-19 list, and there is no timetable for return.

  • Chris Jackson

    Hamstring
    Ques Week 5 | questionable

    Jackson was held out of the last game with a hamstring injury, and it is uncertain if he will take part Week 5 versus the Bills.

  • Kristian Fulton

    Illness
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Fulton has been shuttled to the Injured Reserve/COVID-19 list, and he is without a definitive timetable for recovery.

  • Taylor Lewan

    Shoulder
    Ques Week 5 | questionable

    Lewan exited the previous game due to a left shoulder injury, and it is undetermined if he will play against the Bills in Week 5.

  • Beau Brinkley

    Illness
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Brinkley has been added to the Injured Reserve/COVID-19 list, and he will miss an extended period.

  • Kamalei Correa

    Illness
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Correa has been ticketed for the Injured Reserve/COVID-19 list, team officials have yet to provide an exact return date.

  • A.J. Brown

    Knee
    Prob Week 5 | probable

    Brown has sat out the previous two games with a bone bruise in his knee, but it is likely that he will return against the Bills in Week 5.