NFL Football: Tennessee Titans vs. Seattle Seahawks Preview, Prediction & Odds -- Sept. 19, 2021

by Big Al Staff

Game time: 4:35 p.m. ET, Sept. 19, 2021
Venue: Lumen Field, Seattle, WA
Where to watch: CBS

Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks


DraftKings: Seahawks -6.5; O/U 54.5; Seahawks -320, Titans +250
BetMGM: Seahawks -6; O/U 54; Seahawks -286, Titans +225
Caesars: Seahawks -6.5; O/U 54; Seahawks -280, Titans +230

Season record
Titans: 0-1
Seahawks: 1-0

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Titans - Seahawks preview and analysis


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Titans: lost 38-13 vs. Cardinals in Week 1
Seahawks: won 28-16 at Colts in Week 1

There’s no greater home-field advantage in the NFL than the 12s for the Seattle Seahawks, and they probably missed their fans last season in the NFC Wild Card game.

Which makes this season more important than ever given the uncertain future of Russell Wilson and the need for the Seahawks to win now. They got off to a good start in Week 1 with a 12-point road win against the Indianapolis Colts.

Now the Seahawks will welcome another AFC South opponent Sunday when they take on a Tennessee Titans team that was shellacked at home by the Arizona Cardinals a week ago.

If there was any concern as to if the Seahawks would find distraction from the rumors of their Super Bowl-winning quarterback wanting out, that was put to rest for at least one week after his four-touchdown performance at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Wilson was sacked three times, but it was enough of an efficient day to find Tyler Lockett twice in the end zone, as well as DK Metcalf for four catches, 60 yards and a touchdown.

The Seattle defense had a weird day despite getting three sacks of its own, but allowing Carson Wentz to throw for two touchdowns. Eventually, Indy’s offense slowed due to a lack of T.Y. Hilton and other productive weapons in the passing game.

Tennessee should have the kind of offense that will test the Seattle secondary, but after getting walloped at home by Kyler Murray and the Cardinals -- as well as five sacks from Chandler Jones -- the Titans are in need of a major reset after Week 1.

With the COVID distraction ranging from Ryan Tannehill to head coach Mike Vrabel, the first week of the new-look Titans offense featuring Julio Jones was a dud. The star acquisition had only three catches for 29 yards in his Titans debut. But that wasn’t the end-all, be-all in the Tennessee passing game; A.J. Brown had a touchdown, but only with four catches and 49 yards. Chester Rogers led all Titans receivers with 62 yards.

The Titans’ offense could be the result of a work-in-progress after offensive coordinator Arthur Smith left to take the Atlanta Falcons head coaching job. Seattle, on the road, is not a good combination to find out if the wrinkles can be ironed out.

Prediction


This seems like a great pick for the over, and we’ll stand by that play. As for the outright winner, Seattle at home with that crowd is too good of a bet to pass up. The Seahawks’ offense will be another tough test for the Tennessee defense, and if they had a tough time trying to stop Murray, Wilson won’t be any easier. Henry could play a role in keeping this game close, but the Titans don’t have anyone reliable on the back end to stop Metcalf or Lockett. Seahawks by 13

Betting trends


The Titans are 4-5 against the spread in their last nine non-conference games, but 57-34 over the course of their last 91 matchups against NFC teams.

Seattle is 10-5 straight up in its last 15 games as a home favorite, but only 7-8 ATS.

Players to watch


Titans: All-Pro safety Kevin Byard had an interception last week against the Cardinals, but he was kept quiet in the tackle department with only three. Expect him to have a bounce-back game.

Seahawks: It’ll be interesting to see if running back Chris Carson can replicate his Week 1 output against this Tennessee defense. Carson had 91 yards on 16 carries against the Colts, averaging 5.7 yards per carry.

Statistical leaders


Titans:
Passing: Ryan Tannehill -- 212 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Derrick Henry -- 58 yards
Receiving: Chester Rogers -- 62 yards
Defense: Janoris Jenkins -- 8 tackles

Seahawks:
Passing: Russell Wilson -- 254 yards, 4 TD, 0 INT
Rushing: Chris Carson -- 91 yards
Receiving: Tyler Lockett -- 100 yards, 2 TD
Defense: Bobby Wagner -- 13 tackles

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