What do you get when a 3-2 team without its starting quarterback takes on the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field? For starters, a 13.5-point spread that favors the home team. Some lines have gone as far as 14.5. That’s more than a two-touchdown favorite.
Closing a strange scheduling sequence that pinned the Seahawks against four consecutive AFC South opponents, the Seahawks will host the Tennessee Titans on Oct. 13. The Seahawks are 2-1 against AFC South teams. Their victories came against the Jacksonville Jaguars (45-17) and Houston Texans (23-20, overtime). Last week, they suffered their first loss of the season. It came to the Indianapolis Colts (34-28).
Only once every eight years will the Titans visit CenturyLink Field in the state of Washington. How unfortunate for Jake Locker, the University of Washington prodigy who will miss this contest with a sprained hip. Unless Locker goes elsewhere, he won’t play at Seattle before 2021. That would make him 33 years old. The Seahawks should visit Tennessee sometime in 2017.
Starting in his place: Ryan Fitzpatrick. In his first start (vs Kansas City Chiefs), Fitzpatrick completed 21-of-41 passes for 247 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. In his last two games, Chris Johnson has 25 carries for 38 yards. Special teams keep making miscues that result in points for the opposition.
Can the Titans correct these deficiencies and find a way to avoid .500? If so, they’ll have to improve in all three of these areas. Not an easy assignment against a team with the NFL’s loudest fan base.
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