Seattle has won 10 straight regular season games at home and will return to CenturyLink Field this week to host the Tennessee Titans. Both teams are coming off disappointing close losses and if the Titans are going to avoid losing two in a row, they will have to overcome Seattle's 12th man.
The Seahawks were 8-0 at home last season and have outscored their opponents 74-20 in two home games this season. Seattle is 4-1 on the season after losing 34-28 to Indianapolis last week. The Seahawks had several opportunities to win that game, but came up short offensively and couldn't get stops when they needed to on the defensive end.
The Titans led Kansas City 17-13 late in the fourth quarter, but were also unable to hold the lead. The Chiefs scored the final 13 points of the game, dropping the Titans to 3-2 on the season. Tennessee will once again be without quarterback Jake Locker, who would have been coming home for this game. Locker is from Northwest Washington and played college football in Seattle.
Meet the Seahawks
Despite the bump in the road, the Seahawks are still one of the top teams in the NFC and the NFL. Seattle was leading the league in points per game allowed, but dropped to sixth after giving up 31 to the Colts. Despite having issues slowing down Andrew Luck, the defense is still stout against the pass, ranking third in the NFL while allowing 194.6 passing yards per game.
Seattle's offense was unable to score in the fourth quarter against the Colts, but the Seahawks are still seventh in the NFL in scoring. Although Russell Wilson doesn't put up prolific passing numbers, he's extremely efficient. Wilson is averaging 7.9 yards per attempt and has a 91.2 passer rating. With Wilson and Marshawn Lynch leading the way on the ground, Seattle is second in the league in rushing yards.
Meet the Titans
The Titans weren't a prolific passing team before Locker went down and are 26th in the league in passing through five weeks. The Titans run the ball a lot but are still struggling to get an efficient rushing attack going. Chris Johnson is averaging 3.1 yards per carry and has just one run of 20 yards or longer this season.
The Titans have been solid defensively and are 10th in the NFL in scoring defense. They rank in the top 14 in both rush defense and pass defense. Third-year defensive tackle Jurrell Casey is off to a dominant start and has already tallied three sacks. Containing him will be a major challenge for Seattle who has had issues along the interior of its offensive line recently.
Local Takes: Seattle
The loss to Indianapolis was a painful one for Seattle and Danny Kelly of Field Gulls documented just how much it hurt:
At first I think I was pissed off about the refs' bad calls, which helped contribute to the loss, but the more I thought about it, I realized it was the multitude of missed opportunities that really had me feeling down. The thing about this game was that Seattle actually played well in spurts and they really should have won, but a bunch of costly mistakes, miscues, mis-throws, misdiagnoses, and missed tackles allowed the Colts to hang around all game, and gave them a chance to make some huge, great plays and take back the lead.
Local Takes: Tennessee
While the Titans lost, there were some silver linings in the game against Kansas City. Music City Miracles took a closer look:
This team is still resilient. They fought hard and never gave up.
I submit that the Titans of 2012 would have come out after half time and had their doors blown off by a team prepared to play the full 60 minutes. Many games last year seemed lopsided on the field but still had a relatively close score at half time. Instead of the Titans playing better in the second half and bringing the score closer, it seemed as if they played with the same lack of enthusiasm and creativity only to have the opposing team run up the score for the rest of the game.
This is not the Titans of 2012.
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Be sure to check out SB Nation's team blogs, Field Gulls and Music City Miracles, for more analysis and highlights from the game.
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Gotta get better on 3rd down RT @MikeClayNFL: Seahawks scored 6 offensive touchdowns in Week 3. In their other 4 games, they've totaled 7.— Danny Kelly (@FieldGulls) October 7, 2013
Already knew next 2 would be brutal. Sounds like brutal isn't even the word now #Titans— TitansMCM (@TitansMCM) October 6, 2013
@bcondotta -- Seahawks beat writer
turns out it was pretty rare for the Seahawks to rush for as many yards as they did Sunday and still lose: http://t.co/HSdbtZT4cO— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) October 8, 2013
@jwyattsports -- Titans beat writer
NFL writers are leaning heavily in Seattle's direction, including SB Nation's. Ryan Van Bibber, Jason Chilton, Stephen White and David Fucillo all picked the Seahawks to win.
Seattle is a heavy favorite and opened as a 14-1/2-point favorite according to OddsShark. The total opened at 40.5 points.
Seattle will go back on the road next week for a NFC West game against Arizona.
Tennessee will play its second straight game against a NFC West foe, this time hosting the San Francisco 49ers.