Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks play host to Derrick Henry and the Tennessee Titans on Sunday in what could be a potential Super Bowl preview. Seattle will have a massive home-field advantage, but the Titans will look to quiet the crowd with the rushing attack.
|Game: Tennessee Titans (0-1) at Seattle Seahawks (1-0)
Location: Lumen Field
Time: 4:25 p.m. ET
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Head to Head
The Tennessee Titans and Seattle Seahawks haven’t met since the 2017 season. It was the Titans that won the 2017 matchup, but both teams have much different rosters at this time.
Seattle does lead the head-to-head matchup 10-7.
Next game: vs Indianapolis Colts
The Tennessee Titans were three-point favorites in the home opener against the Arizona Cardinals, but it proved to be a massive blowout loss. Arizona took control of the game in the first half and never looked back en route to a 38-13 rout.
Derrick Henry is arguably the best running back in the league, but he was completely shut down by the Cardinals in Week 1. Tennessee is going to need its rushing attack to get going to be a threat to the Seahawks in this game.
Henry had just 58 rushing yards in the loss and Ryan Tannehill threw for just 212 yards and one touchdown. Both players will need to step up on Sunday to give the Titans a chance to win the game.
The Tennessee Titans placed kicker Sam Ficken on injured reserve just days before the season opener, and that is a big loss in the kicking game. Tennessee was forced to scramble to find a placekicker and that position could be important in the next few games.
On defense, the team has three key players listed as questionable heading into Week 2. Safety Amani Hooker, cornerback Chris Jackson, and linebacker David Long Jr. will all be monitored throughout the week to see if they can suit up.
Next game: at Minnesota Vikings
The Seattle Seahawks went into Indianapolis in Week 1 as slight favorites and came away with a 28-16 victory. This was a game that was dominated by the Seahawks from start to finish, and there was never a real worry that they weren’t going to cover.
The over/under for that game was 49.0 total points, but it was the defense of Seattle that forced that bet to go under. This was an area of weakness for the Seahawks for much of last season, but that unit was sharp against Indianapolis.
Quarterback Russell Wilson threw four touchdown passes, which accounted for all of the scoring by the Seahawks. Chris Carson racked up 91 yards on the ground and Seattle will need offensive balance all season long to remain successful.
Running back Rashaad Penny is listed as doubtful for the Seahawks, but that is a position of depth for Seattle. Center Ethan Pocic is listed as questionable, but the Seahawks are expecting him to be ready for the Week 2 matchup.
Betting on the Game
If the Tennessee Titans had a much better performance in Week 1, there is no way the Las Vegas NFL odds would be a six-point spread. Playing this game in Seattle does give the Seahawks an extra advantage, but this should be a pretty competitive game.
There is a chance that this spread could get moved by a few points leading up to kickoff, especially if some of the Titans’ players are expected to suit up. Tennessee needs some help on the defensive side of the football, and having two key members of the secondary on the field will help.
Even though this matchup on paper feels like it will be closer than a touchdown, the results in Week 1 tell a bit of a different story. Tennessee really struggled while the Seahawks looked sharp in all areas of the game.
The Titans aren’t going to get blown out on Sunday afternoon, but they can’t keep this game within six points, either.
As we have already discussed, it seems pretty clear that Seattle is going to win this game and cover the spread. The Titans just have too many questions that need to be answered and playing in Seattle isn’t going to make things any easier.
Tennessee is a team that should be able to turn things around at some point, but it’s not happening on Sunday in Seattle. The Seahawks are the right moneyline pick in this matchup.
The over/under for this game is set at 54 total points and that is a lot of scoring . Tennessee didn’t have a great offensive performance in Week 1 and it’s hard to see them having a big game in this one.
Seattle does have the ability to be explosive and playing at home should allow its offense to put up some points. The Seahawks will have to do most of the scoring, but they aren’t going to get more than 30 points.
Taking the under 54 is the right play in this game.