After a blowout loss in week one to Arizona, the reeling Titans pay a visit to the Pacific Northwest to take on Russell Wilson and the Seahawks. For Seattle, it’s their second consecutive AFC South opponent and probably a second consecutive victory this season. Can the Titans rebound after such a non-competitive loss? Can Seattle keep on rolling against an improved but still prolifically terrible defense? The 12s will be looking to make it miserable for a Titans offense looking for any positives. Who are these Seahawks?
Tennessee will need to come out of this one with a victory or it might get a tad bit uncomfortable in Nashville. The Titans face the hated rival Colts next week.
Key Numbers + Info (2021 season)
Record: 1-0 (0-0 NFC West)
Points scored: 28
Points allowed: 16
Avg. yards per rush: 5.2
Avg. yards per rush allowed: 3.8
Avg. rush yards per game: 140
Avg. rush yards per game allowed: 118
Rushing TDs: 0 for, 0 against
Avg. pass yards per game: 241
Avg. pass yards per game allowed: 223
Passing TDs: 4 for, 2 against
Pass Completion Rate: 78%
Pass Completion Rate Against 66%
Leading Rusher: Chris Carson (16 attempts for 91 yards)
Leading Receiver: Tyler Lockett (4 receptions for 100 yards and two touchdowns)
Leading Tackler: Bobby Wagner (13 tackles, one tackle for loss, one pass defense)
Key Additions: OL Gabe Jackson (trade), TE Gerald Everett, DL Al Woods, CB John Reid (trade), WR D’Wayne Eskridge (rookie), DE Kerry Hyder Jr, CB Sidney Jones IV (trade)
Key Losses: CB Ahkello Witherspoon, LB KJ Wright, OL Ethan Pocic (IR), T Cedric Ogbuehi (IR), TE Luke Wilson (retirement), CB Pierre Desir, DE Aldon Smith, WR Josh Gordon, OT Germain Ifedi
Seattle leads 10-7
Keys to a Titans Victory
– Protect Ryan Tannehill –
Well, the offensive line was a work in progress last week to put it mildly. Taylor Lewan was particularly ineffective in his return to the field after an almost year layoff due to injury. The whole line was a disaster trying to protect Tannehill from being hit repeatedly by Chandler Jones. Not one member of the line played consistent ball. They need to be much better against an improved Seahawks front seven.
– Establish the Run –
Derrick Henry didn’t get off to the best of starts, running for just 68 yards in the season opener. In order for the Titans to have a chance, they need to run much more effectively than what they did last weekend. Tannehill also is one of the best quarterbacks when it comes to play action. Well, play action requires the run to actually work to some degree for defenses to respect it.
– Block out the noise –
Seattle has arguably the loudest and most spirited home stadium atmosphere in the NFL. It rivals some major college programs for passion from its fans. The Titans will need to block out the noise literally and get right. Hopefully, Mike Vrabel imported some Seattle noise in practice to replicate the ear splitting crescendo that are the 12s. It will be a long day for the offense if they don’t bake in some dummy counts into Tannehill’s cadence.
Keys to a Seahawks Victory
– Keep Russ Cooking –
The Titans’ defense showed that they aren’t completely over last season’s maladies so Russell Wilson should be able to exploit them. Tennessee has a litany of injuries already, particularly on defense. DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett should eat their secondary alive given that DeAndre Hopkins was able to. Mr. Unlimited is fundamentally a better passer than Kyler Murray and Murray destroyed the Titans on the road. Wilson gets the home field advantage. It’s going to be a long day for the Titans defense.
– Don’t let Todd Downing get comfy –
The offensive coordinator got off to a poor start and wasn’t particularly effective at his primary job. Of course, it’s hard to do anything when the quarterback was largely rendered moot due to constant pressure. He will need to call a near perfect game in order for the Titans to win. Perhaps, opening up the passing game instead of relentlessly giving Derrick Henry the ball will do the trick. Tennessee has two of the most prolific receivers in all of football, use them, (in Kiper voice) Todd, Todd, Todd, Todd.
What are the odds?
Caesars has the Seahawks as 6.5 point favorites at -115 while the Titans are +105 dogs. The over/under has been set at 54 even. The money line is the Seahawks at -290 and Titans at -290.
BetMGM has the Seahawks as six point favorites at -110 while the Titans are +110 dogs. The over/under has been set at 54 even. The money line is the Titans at +225 and Seahawks at -275.