Seattle Seahawks vs Tennessee Titans Pick – September 24th
The Seattle Seahawks travel to Tennessee to face the Titans this Sunday in a matchup of two 1-1 teams. Both teams come into this one having won their last game, and the Titans opened as -1 point favorites. The early action has come in on the Titans, and the line currently sits at Tennessee -2.5 with an over-under game total of 41 points. This is an afternoon game and kickoff is scheduled for 1:05 PM PST from Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee.
What is wrong with this Seattle Seahawks offense? They opened the season in Green Bay against a good overall team in the Packers, but not a team really known for their great defensive prowess. They failed to score a touchdown against Green Bay and lost the game 17-9. I think a lot of Seahawk fans just wrote that performance off as two good teams playing a tight game and weren’t overly alarmed. Maybe that Green Bay defense was improved this season and it was just a bad match up? Well, that theory went out the window in week two, as the Packers got blasted by the Atlanta Falcons, to the tune of 34 points. The Packers are just as mediocre on defense this year as they have always been, so what does that say about the Seahawks offense this year?
The Seahawks traveled back home for week two and had a juicy matchup against a San Francisco 49ers team, who might be the worst team in the NFL this season. The Seahawks were primed to bust out of their early-season offensive slump. Well, guess what? They didn’t. They scored just one touchdown and only 12 points on the afternoon. Luckily for Seahawk fans, the 49ers are absolutely terrible, and that was enough to sneak out with a 12-9 victory. Maybe it was just another bad matchup against a better than we thought defense? Yeah, no. This week the Niners got rocked for 41 points by the Rams.
All signs point to the fact that this Seattle offense just stinks. They have no running game whatsoever after coming into the season with “cheeseburger” Eddie Lacy, Thomas Rawls, and C.J Prosise all fighting for playing time in a crowded backfield. It only took one week to move on past all those mediocre at best options, and 7th round rookie Chris Carson now appears to be the lead back in Seattle. The Seahawks need to figure out the run game because if they don’t have a solid ground game Russell Wilson is going to continue to run for his life every play and they will continue not to score. Things aren’t looking any easier this week as the Seahawks face a Titans team that has looked good on both sides of the ball so far this season.
The Titans started out with a tough week one matchup against the Oakland, soon to be Las Vegas, Raiders, and their high-powered offense. The game was competitive, but ultimately Derek Carr and company prevailed 26-16. That being said, the Raiders are going to be scoring lots of points this year, and I think this loss is going to look a little better each week as the Raiders continue to pile up points on every team they play. In week two the Titans bounced back in a huge way against division rival, the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jags project to have one of the more explosive offenses in the League this year and the Titans completely shut them down in a 37-16 win that wasn’t nearly as close as the scoreboard showed. The Titans ran up a 30-3 beat down, on the road, before pumping the breaks a little bit late in the game. It was a hammering by Tennessee, and they are riding high heading into this matchup.
This game is ultimately going to come down to whether or not this Seahawks offense can show up or not. The Titans can score, and this defense just might be sneaky good. If Seattle thinks they can go on the road to Tennessee and score ten points and win, they are sorely mistaken. Titans QB Marcus Mariota can run the ball just as well as he can throw it and the balanced rushing attack of Derek Henry and Demarco Murray is going to be tough to stop.
The Seahawks need to figure out who their running back is going to be this season and start feeding him the ball. Wilson isn’t a good enough QB at this point to carry a team with no run game. I know all the Russell Wilson lovers are going to jump all over me for that, but the proof is in the pudding on that one. Wilson has a total of one TD on the season, and his QB rating is an abysmal 76.3. He was a lot better with “Beastmode” Marshawn Lynch leading the offense with 25 plus touches a game, and this offense hasn’t looked the same since he left. I am going to go out on a limb here and say that 7th rounder Chris Carson isn’t the second coming of Marshawn Lynch and if you are a Seattle fan, it might be time to start hitting the panic button.
I obviously liked this line a lot better when it opened at Titans -1 point, but I still think it offers a lot of value as it stands at -2.5. I don’t think this is necessarily going to a blowout, but I expect Tennessee to get the job done at home. Right now, the Hawks are cruising through on their reputation. Head coach Pete Carrol is great, Russell Wilson can’t possibly be as bad as he is looking, and that vaunted 12th man defense is still good, right? Well, a lot of those questions are going to get answered this week. If the Seahawks offense continues to sputter and they fail to establish a run game, this might be a really long season in Seattle. Give me the Titans as small home favorites.