Aaron Rodgers did not have to look hard to find a reason to be impressed with the Tennessee Titans.
“I like to judge a team by kind of how they’re playing lately, and I think they’re playing really well,” the Green Bay Packers quarterback said Wednesday. “They’re an opportunistic defense. They have some guys with some ball skills in the secondary. They’ve got some athletic players. They’re very young overall.
“I think it’s a team that has a bright future.”
The Titans, of course, snapped a three-game losing streak when they defeated the New York Jets on Monday. So their most recent impression was a good one.
By Rodgers’ criteria, though, his own team is among the best in the league.
After a 2-3 start, the Packers have won eight of nine to get to 10-4, which is the third-best record in the NFC. They already have clinched a division title and their fifth playoff appearance in the last six seasons.
They enter Sunday’s game with the Titans at Lambeau Field (noon, CBS) with a three-game win streak.
“It’s important to keep that going,” Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy said. “… Everybody wants to play their best football this time of year, and everybody’s watching what’s gone on the last couple of years. Everybody wants to be the hot team [going into the playoffs].”
The Titans (5-9), of course, will not be involved in the postseason. They have not won back-to-back games since mid-October and have not won three straight since early last season.
As much as the Packers have accomplished with their recent run of good results, they have no interest in giving anyone a reason to think they can be beat.
“We learned last year that you have to be playing the right way heading into the postseason,” Rodgers said. “We’re fortunate to have locked up a spot, but now we want to improve our seeding and be playing the right way down the stretch.
“Without a doubt, we’re going to play this thing out and try to keep the momentum we’ve built rolling into the playoffs.”
• Wright update: Rookie wide receiver Kendall Wright is unlikely to play against Green Bay but has a chance to get back in action for the final game, Dec. 30 against Jacksonville.
Wright, the team’s leader in receptions, sustained a rib injury in the victory over the Jets.
“He’s sore,” coach Mike Munchak said. “He’d have to come a long way to be able to play on Sunday, I think. Those are injuries that are very painful.
“… He’s a great kid. If he’s not ready to go, you realize it is something that is very painful. We’ll have to see. It’s not something that will be more than one week, but we’ll have to see where he is by Friday.”
• Other injuries: In addition to Wright, center Kevin Matthews (ankle), cornerback Ryan Mouton (hamstring) and defensive end Scott Solomon (knee) did not practice. Munchak already has ruled out Matthews for the remainder of the season.