It’s week 3 and the Titans (1-1) will be facing off against the Seahawks (1-1) in Tennessee Sunday afternoon. I feel like this entire season the Titans are trying to prove something to this league. They are trying to show everyone else that they belong up there with the contenders. They are getting another shot at a breakout game in this one.
The Seahawks have been a strong team over the last couple years, being led by Russell Wilson and the Legion of Boom. This year, not so much. Their offense has not got going. They lost to the Packers 17-9 in week 1 while barely beat the 49ers 12-9 in week 1. And, yes, that was the same 49ers that gave up 41 POINTS to the Rams. So, as we can all see the Legion of Boom may still be in Seattle, but the touchdowns are not as of right now. They have one TD on the year. The Titans may be able to take advantage of this. Let’s get into the breakdown of this game.
The injury report that came out early Friday shows DeMarco Murray as questionable, Corey Davis as out, and Jonathan Cyprien as out. The most notable name on this list is probably DeMarco Murray. He’s having trouble with his hamstring. That could be big for a running back. In my opinion, I let him sit out this week if he needs it. There is no need to worsen an injury, especially when you have Derrick Henry taking over the backfield. Last week, Henry went on a tear when Murray wasn’t producing. Henry ran for 92 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries. That’s over 6.5 yards a carry. Murray averaged a measly 2.8 yards a carry running for 25 yards of 9 carries.
Taking a look at the Seahawks, D.J. Alexander, Jimmy Graham, and Terence Garvin are all questionable, while Neiko Thorpe is out. The Seahawks should be pleased that most of their key contributors are reaching full health once again.
Now looking at the game itself, there are two ways this game could go. If both teams continue to play exactly how they have played the last two weeks, I see Tennessee having a clear advantage. Marcus Mariota has been solid at QB, and the team has been averaging 137 rushing yards a game. They have shown that they can score as they dropped 37 points on the Jaguars. The defense has also done a decent job allowing only 21 points per game, which is how many points the Seahawks scored in their two games combined. The Seahawks are all over the place and are having a tough year so far, even though they are 1-1. The Titans win this game.
The other way the game could go is the Seahawks catch their stride. I don’t know how they do it, but they could be having a really bad year until people start stepping up. If only a few people on this team start making a difference they could become one of the most dominant teams in football. So, all in all, I think the Titans win a close game, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see a Seahawks blowout.
Marcus Mariota: 271 passing yards, 22 rushing yards, 2 Passing TDs, 1 INT
Delanie Walker: 2 catches, 17 yards
Derrick Henry: 24 carries, 87 yards, 1 TD
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