The Seattle Seahawks (4-1) host the Tennessee Titans (3-2) at CenturyLink Field this Sunday at 4:05 PM. The game will be televised on CBS.
Seattle is looking to rebound after they let last week’s game against the Colts slip from their fingers. Tennessee, meanwhile, is coming off a 26-17 loss to the still-unbeaten Kansas City Chiefs.
The Titans are no pushover, but Seattle should have no problem taking care of them. Ryan Fitzpatrick is under center for Tennessee in the wake of Jake Locker’s injury, and if last week’s performance is any indication, the Titans won’t be moving the ball against the Seahawks’ defense. Richard Sherman should have no problem blanketing Kendall Wright, the Titans’ leading receiver, and Seattle’s front seven is guaranteed to put Fitzpatrick flat on the turf more than once. The only way Tennessee has any chance of making this a close game is if running back Chris Johnson manages to find some holes. He’s averaging around three yards a carry thus far, but Seattle’s defensive front has done a great job against the run, so the speedy Johnson shouldn’t present too much of an issue.
What the Titans do have going for them is their pass defense, which is ranked tenth in the NFL. Corners Alterraun Verner and Jason McCourty could make life difficult for guys like Golden Tate and Doug Baldwin. Coach Pete Carroll stressed on Wednesday the importance of getting other receivers like Sidney Rice and Jermaine Kearse involved in the passing game, and if Russell Wilson can spread the ball distribution, it might cancel out the Titans’ pass defense.
Tennessee fares worse defending the run. They’re ranked 16th in the NFL and allow over 100 yards a game. Expect Marshawn Lynch to bulldoze his way over 100 yards rushing. Wilson as well could easily burn the Titans with his legs if their downfield coverage is working. Wilson managed over 100 yards against the Colts’ defense, so it’s not a stretch to say he could do the same against the more vulnerable Titans. If Wilson gets running early, it could soften up the passing game to lead to some deep bombs later on in the game.
This game against the Titans is Seattle’s only home game this month, and so the Seattle fans are sure to fulfill their role as the “12th man” on the field. The atmosphere at CenturyLink Field is guaranteed to be electric, and it will motivate the Seahawks to improve to 5-1 on the season.