Tennessee Titans at Seattle Seahawks – Matchups to Watch

The 3-2 Titans travel to Seattle to face the 4-1 Seahawks in a matchup that earn bragging rights in the AFC South. The Seahawks lone loss this year was last week to the Indianapolis Colts who currently sit atop the division with the Titans one game behind.

The Seahawks offensive line has struggled to protect second year quarterback Russell Wilson and that leaves some opportunity for the Titans defensive line. Defensive tackle Jurrell Casey is playing fantastic football right now and has 3 sacks, 3 quarterback hits and 13 quarterback hurries on the year. One of the best young 4-3 defensive tackles in the game, Casey is making his mark this year in the league/

It is unclear whether defensive end Derrick Morgan will play Sunday as he did not practice Wednesday and was limited Thursday. Morgan is a multipurpose defensive lineman who can line up on either side. The Titans are a wee bit thin on the end of the defensive line having just released Keyunta Dawson to make way for backup quarterback Rusty Smith on the 53. If Morgan cannot go the Titans have options in veteran Kamerion Wimbley, the underrated veteran, and up and coming rookie Lavar Edwards.

The Titans will have their hands full containing Marshawn “Beast Mode” Lynch who is a hard load to handle. On the year, Lynch has 96 carries for 410 yards and 3 touchdowns. He has also caught 9 passes for 96 yards and a touchdown. The Seahawks are a run first team and their quarterback is a threat as well. Russell Wilson is second on the team in rushing yards with 233 yards.

The Titans offense will have their hands full with Seattle’s secondary which features cornerback Richard Sherman, strong safety Kam Chancellor and free safety Earl Thomas. Sherman will likely match up against Kenny Britt but the extent to which Britt will play remains to be seen.

Britt has been a liability on the field for the Titans and any suggestion his height or supposed strength makes him match up with Sherman fails the laugh test. Will the Titans continue to get rookie Justin Hunter involved in the offense? That would make sense but the Titans seem committed to keeping Britt on the field but we will see how much playing time he gets.

The Colts were able to use multiset wide receivers to confuse the Seahawks secondary and this is a gameplan I would like to see the Titans emulate. The matchup I want to see is Kendall Wright against this secondary as I believe he can do some damage. Delanie Walker could also be in the mix to line up wide and test the Seahawks secondary so that is a matchup to watch as well.

Finally, the Titans have a prime opportunity to get their running game going again. The Seahawks have the league’s 19th rated rushing defense. If they can’t get something going Sunday the Titans are going to have to address the situation in one way or another. I am anxious to see how well center Rob Turner performs this week against a 4-3 defense.

The Titans are playing in a touch environment and could be without nickelback Coty Sensabaugh as well. Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick will get his second start of the year in place of injured quarterback Jake Locker. Can a banged up Titans team go to Seattle and deal another loss to an AFC South team. It’s a tough task ahead for the Titans.

 Final score prediction:

Titans 17

Seahawks 24

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