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Tough for the Titans to return to winning form on the road so take the Seahawks at home and hope Wilson can cover that spread.
In Week 1, the Tennessee Titans lost in part because the Arizona Cardinals figured out how to keep star running back Derrick Henry to just 58 rushing yards on 17 carries for no touchdowns plus Tennessee’s recently released kicker Michael Badgley could not to get the job done but it won’t get any easier for head coach Mike Vrabel’s Titans in Seattle this weekend.
Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll game-planned a Week 1 win over the Indianapolis Colts, 28-16, with his franchise quarterback Russell Wilson’s posting an impressive 254 passing yards and 4 touchdowns with no interceptions, the Seahawks offense looking like they haven’t missed a beat since last season.
These two teams have played each other 17 prior times (including 1 postseason game), with the Seattle Seahawks winning 10 of those games and the Tennessee Titans winning 7 of the games.
If the Titans expect to win in Week 2, they are going to need some more help from quarterback Ryan Tannehill, whose last week’s numbers (21/35, 212 yards, TD, INT) left a lot of room for improvement.
That’s especially considering his star running back Derrick Henry was not having his best day, averaging just 3.41 yards per carry with no touchdowns, uncharacteristic production for arguably one of the league’s best rusher.
Whenever Henry is essentially neutralized like that, Tannehill must make the other team pay with an effective passing attack that gets his new playmaking receiver Julio Jones more involved than he was in Week 1 (3 rec, 29 yds, 0 TDs).
Last week, the Titans’ secondary allowed 280 passing yards against them and that’s exactly what the Seahawks receivers must do (or better) if they want to win their home opener this weekend.
Quarterback Russell Wilson has a talented group of receivers that includes Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf, who last week combined for a total of 254 passing yards with an impressive 69-yard TD reception by Lockett.
More of that, please, especially in the second half after Seattle running backs Chris Carson and maybe Rashaad Penny (doubtful due to a calf injury) have softened the defense up a bit in the first half.
It’s déjà vu all over again in Tennessee with the Titans searching for a placekicker after their previous starter Michael Badgley missed his only field-goal attempt in Week 1 and converted just one of his two extra-point attempts.
Last year’s kicker in Tennessee, Stephen Gostkowski, was never re-signed and remains a free agent at the moment while the only kicker on the Titans right now is veteran Randy Bullock, who was signed to the team’s practice squad late last week.
Regardless of whichever kicker Vrabel decides on by Sunday, the poor guy won’t elicit much confidence this early in his tenure and that could come back to haunt the Titans in a close game away from home in front of a loud Seattle crowd ready to intimidate enemy placekickers.
For the Seahawks to beat the Titans, the defense must neutralize or at the very least slow down their star running back Derrick Henry, and there is nobody better to help do that than Seattle linebacker Bobby Wagner.
Now in his tenth NFL season, Wagner is a prolific tackler, so far posting 1,226 total tackles in his pro career, a skill that he must summon on Sunday against Henry, one of the toughest runners in the league.
Last week, Wagner had 13 total tackles with one of those for a loss along with a pass defended, so watch for him to take on Henry midfield, a battle that, if won more often than not by the talented veteran, could help his Seahawks stay ahead on the scoreboard.
|Titans vs Seahawks Information|
|What||Tennessee Titans vs Seattle Seahawks|
|Where||Lumen Field in Seattle, Washington|
|When||Sunday, September 19, 2021; 4:25 PM ET|
|How to watch||CBS|
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