Two teams coming off disappointing losses look for some redemption as the Seattle Seahawks welcome the Tennessee Titans to CenturyLink Field on Sunday afternoon.
After opening up a 12-0 first quarter lead last week against Indianapolis, quarterback Russell Wilson and Seattle were outscored 34-16 in the remaining three periods and suffered their first loss of the season.
The Titans played their first game without quarterback Jake Locker, and nearly toppled the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs with Ryan Fitzpatrick. Sunday marks the first of three-straight games against the NFC West for Tennessee.
Seattle could only manage three field goals in the second half, while Wilson and running back Marshawn Lynch each gained 102 rushing yards on the day. Golden Tate and Jermaine Kearse each caught a touchdown from Wilson, but it was the second time this season cornerback Richard Sherman and the Seahawks third ranked pass defense failed to force an interception.
Fitzpatrick passed for one score and rushed for another that gave the Titans a 17-13 lead early in the fourth quarter, but his two interceptions in Tennessee’s final four drives ultimately lost the game.
Running back Chris Johnson was held to 17 yards on 10 carries, but made four receptions for 63 yards and a score. It was Johnson’s first touchdown of any kind this season.
Both teams have largely won this season due to their defense. Tennessee is ninth and 14th against the pass and rush, and Seattle’s tied for fourth with seven interceptions thanks to Sherman and Earl Thomas each notching two. The Titans Alterraun Verner is is atop the league with four picks.
Tennessee is also fifth in the NFL with 16.0 team sacks, with Zach Brown, Jurrell Casey, and Ropati Pitoitua leading the way with 3.0 sacks each.
“Each week we measure our tackling stats and our tackling ability, yards after contact and everything. Our guys have improved, and last week (against Kansas City),” defensive assistant Gregg Williams said to the Tennessean, “we had one of the best weeks of any place I’ve coached. When our guys make contact with you, they do a pretty good job of finishing tackles.”
Coverage of the game starts at 4:05 p.m. ET and will be broadcast by CBS, or watch a live online stream by purchasing NFL Game Access here.
Betting Odds: Seattle is favored by 14 points.
Over/Under: 41 points.
Prediction: Seattle 33, Tennessee 17