This spot looks slightly familiar for the Tennessee Titans. They get another opportunity at home to knock off a household team. The Titans had it there for them in Week 1 against the Oakland Raiders. They couldn’t do it, falling to the Raiders by a score of 26-16. They will get a do-over of sorts against the Seahawks on Sunday. No, the Seahawks are not as good as the Raiders at this point, but they are a franchise with a lot of recent success.
What the Titans are seeking is a highlight victory. They are a talented team but still don’t have that win that says they’ve officially arrived. Until then, nobody is going to take the Titans too seriously. They put on a display against the Jaguars, but it isn’t a win to brag about. The Jags have had their problems over the years, so nobody is going to take it seriously.
Nevertheless, going on the road and beating any team 37-16 is a good look. For the Titans, hopefully that momentum carries over to a better matchup against the Seahawks. Seattle has had some issues out of the gate. The past two seasons it’s been the same issue, the offensive line. They do not have the personnel they’d like to have along the line and it shows on the field.
Skill level at particular positions can take a hit when salary is going to a few playmakers. In this case, the Seahawks’ offensive line is taking the brunt of money going elsewhere. The Seahawks come into Tennessee with a win over the 49ers and a loss to the Packers. It wasn’t a good win against the 49ers, 12-9, and the offense vs the Packers was stagnant as well. Changes to the offensive line are expected for this matchup against the Titans, but all they can do at this point is shuffle guys around. Let’s get to the pick.
Seattle Seahawks vs. Tennessee Titans Betting Odds:
vs. Titans -2.5(-110)
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Seahawks vs. Titans Pick:
The Seahawks had some issues along the offensive line last year and they figured it out, but it wasn’t ideal. I think their problems are even worse in 2017. The Seahawks averaged just 10.5 points between the Packers and 49ers game. Additionally, they averaged only 268.5 yards per game, 27th in the NFL through two weeks. Marshawn Lynch isn’t going to be suiting up for the Seahawks to go beast mode on defenses, those days are over. He’s out in Oakland playing behind a better offensive line.
Eddie Lacy is in Seattle, but the fit doesn’t work for me. He is too slow to operate behind this offensive line. He had 5 attempts for 3 yards against the Packers, and didn’t play against the 49ers. The biggest weapon the Seahawks have in the ground game is Russell Wilson. Things break down on the line, and Wilson has the ability to make something out of nothing. The Titans on the other hand, are 6th in the NFL with 137 rushing yards per game. Marcus Mariota is a dynamic player that can make something out of nothing, too.
Other than beating the Patriots in Foxboro last season, the Seahawks have been known for struggling on the road. They need to rely on their defense to beat the Titans, because I expect the entire offense to look bad again. With little to no blocking up front, it should be another long day. The Titans are 12th on defense, and this is after playing the Raiders. Their opportunity for an appealing win was lost against the Raiders. I think they can get the next best thing for now, though, and beat the Seahawks on Sunday.
PICK: TITANS -2.5 (-110)