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Tennessee Titans Key Players: Jurrell Casey and the Edge Rushers
It’s no secret that the Seahawks have one of the worst offensive lines in football. It’s also no secret that the Titans have one of the best defensive lineman in the league in Jurrell Casey. Casey should be licking his chops at the matchup against Seattle’s front five. Seattle is T-5 in the league in sacks allowed and T-3 for hits allowed to the quarterback. Brian Orakpo and Derrick Morgan should be able to attack Russell Wilson at will on Sunday with Rees Odhiambo starting at left tackle. According to his Pro Football Focus grade (25.9), Odhiambo has been the worst tackle on either side in the league through two games. Dick LeBeau and the Titans have to dial up pressure all game to create havoc for Russell Wilson and most importantly, not let Wilson use his feet.
Seattle Seahawks Key Player: Russell Wilson
If there is one thing the Seahawks have going for them, it’s still their quarterback. Coming into week three, Russell Wilson has started slow (37/66, 356 yards and 1 TD through two games), but you can never take Wilson lightly. That in part has been to no running game and the offense can not get into a rhythm. Also, the play is never over with Wilson. He, like Marcus Mariota, have the ability to use his feet to extend plays. For the Seahawks to win, Wilson has to be the best player on the field. Look for Wilson to target his favorite weapon, Doug Baldwin quite a bit with a still shaky Titans secondary.
GAME PREVIEW AND ANALYSIS
After a dominant Week 2 victory against Jacksonville, the Titans are back home to face one of the NFL’s elite. The Seattle Seahawks come to Nashville for the first time since 2005. Seattle is coming off a gritty 12-9 win over the 49ers where they may have found their new starting running back in rookie, Chris Carson. Carson rushed for 93 yards on 20 carries. But, for Caron to get 93 yards behind a notably awful offensive line is impressive. The Seahawks offensive line continue to be a work-in-progress. Right guard Mark Glowinski has struggled so far and there may be a shakeup on Sunday if veteran Oday Aboushi starts instead. Having just scored 21 points through 2 games is a struggle the Seahawks are trying to overcome. It won’t benefit either if tight end Jimmy Graham can’t go.
The Titans on the other hand are coming off a second half performance where the offense scored four times to blowout the Jaguars. If DeMarco Murray can’t go Sunday, look for Derrick Henry to get his first start and a lot of carries. Seattle’s defense is giving up 121.5 yards on the ground per game and we know the Titans offense is centered around pounding the rock. Something else to look for on Sunday is to see how well Marcus Mariota plays. Mariota is up for a real test in Seattle’s defense. Only allowing 187.5 yards through the air, Mariota will be challenged. On Wednesday, the Titans announced Corey Davis will not play in this game. Rishard Matthews, Eric Decker, Delanie Walker and Taywan Taylor will be relied upon heavily.
This is a great opportunity for the Titans to show the country on national television that they are for real. Beating a team like Seattle, to get your first home win is a perfect chance to keep momentum going.