Titans vs. Seahawks: NFL Week 2 betting odds, preview, and pick
The Tennessee Titans will try to rebound from a poor showing in Week 1 when they travel to Seattle to face the Seahawks on Sunday afternoon.
Sun, September 19 2021, 8:25 PM
Titans exposed in multiple areas
Favored against the Cardinals at home in their opener, the Titans were quickly punched in the gut and were trailing 17-0 before they knew what hit them. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill was sacked six times on the day and turned it over thrice, while Derrick Henry was held to a paltry 58 yards on the ground in the 38-13 defeat.
The offensive line play was a serious problem, allowing six sacks and struggling to create holes for Henry. On the road in a hostile environment, it will be a point of emphasis this week to protect better, and they have discussed going with a silent count to offset the noise.
Defensively, they were even worse on the line, and pretty much everywhere else. Kyler Murray scored five touchdowns as the Titans struggled to contain him in the pocket, and Russell Wilson will cause many of the same issues this week. If the Titans cannot figure out how to get pressure without allowing those escape lanes, it could be another long day.
That said, the Titans have won their last seven games in the past two years following a double-digit defeat under head coach Mike Vrabel, and it is unlikely they will look this poor two weeks in a row. Tannehill will need Henry to get rolling in order to get favorable matchups for Julio Jones and A.J. Brown against a Seattle secondary that struggled against big-play receivers last season and has little depth.
Seahawks hoping Wilson can repeat performance
Last week could not have gone much better for Russell Wilson and the Seahawks, as they jumped out to a 21-10 lead just before halftime and cruised to the win. The Seattle quarterback threw four touchdown passes and seemed to thrive in the system of new offensive coordinator Shane Waldron. He completed 18 of his 23 passing attempts for 254 yards against a solid Colts defense, and seemed to be content with the balance in the offense that saw slightly more pass plays called than rushing ones.
Meanwhile, the much-maligned pass defense for Seattle last season had a decent game against the Colts, albeit without T.Y. Hilton. They gave up 251 yards passing and two scores without forcing a turnover, and they will face a tougher test with Jones and Brown, should the latter be healthy enough to start. Seattle was able to register three sacks from their defensive line, a serious weakness last year, and they will take hope in Arizona’s six sacks a week ago.
Seattle’s best method of attack will be to throw the ball on the abysmal Titans’ secondary, especially a week after Wilson averaged over 11 yards per pass attempt. With DK Metcalf, Will Dissly, and Tyler Lockett each registering a reception of at least 20 yards, there should be plenty of big-play opportunities for Wilson to exploit.
Titans vs. Seahawks Injury Report
|Tennessee Titans||Seattle Seahawks|
LB Bud Dupree: Doubtful (knee)
WR Dee Eskridge: Doubtful (concussion)
LB Harold Landry: Questionable (groin)
G Damien Lewis: Doubtful (groin)
WR A.J. Brown: Probable (knee)
RB Rashaad Penny: Doubtful (calf)
CB Caleb Farley: Doubtful (shoulder)
DT Bryan Mone: Questionable (undisclosed)
Titans and Seahawks Betting Trends
- The Titans are 7-0 SU in their last seven games following a double-digit defeat
- The Over is 12-5 in Tennessee’s last 17 games
- The Seahawks are 3-5 ATS in their last eight
- The Under is 8-2 in the Seahawks’ last 10 games, and 4-1 in their last five at home
- The Under is 6-0 in the last six meetings between these two teams in Seattle
Tennessee won't be able to contain Wilson
The spread on this game opened at Seattle laying five and a half, and quickly got bet up for a reason: Wilson is going to have a field day against this defense. He was given an easy playbook last week by Murray on how to attack, and his dual-threat ability and creativity when plays break down should make it a long day for the Titans defense.
Meanwhile, I don’t expect the Titans to suddenly figure out their pass protection on the road in such a hostile environment where Seattle has won 17 of 24 games over the past three seasons. I like Seattle to easily cover the spread, and combine that with a team total of over 30.5 for a Same Game Combo victory as well.
Score prediction: Seattle 34, Tennessee 21