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Keys to the Game: Seahawks @ Titans
By Jeff Fuqua
Posted December 15th, 2005

Limit the Run. Shawn Alexander leads the NFL with 1496 yards and the Seahawks are third in the league in rushing. Though he's racked up the most yardage on cream puffs like that Niners, Rams and Cards, the Titans will need to overachieve on Sunday if they are going to have a chance to keep him from his 10th 100-yard game of the season. Much of the effort will need to come from DT Albert Haynesworth who is the main cog in the defensive machine. When he is being disruptive, the Titans defense plays up a notch. This could be a key game for Brad Kassell in run support who needs a big effort. If a case of the tackling whiffs return, it will be a long day.
 
Avoid the Burn. The Seahawks have a balanced offense. Despite having one of the best running games in the league, they are 13th in the league with the passing game. They have five receivers with over 350 yards and two, Bobby Engram and Joe Jurevicius with over 600. With the Titans safeties giving extra attention to the run, Pacman Jones and Reynaldo Hill will have to play well and avoid the deep pass off of play-action. Seahawks QB Matt Hasselbeck had four touchdown passes last Sunday and has put together another solid season with a 92.7 passer rating. KVB and company will need to keep the pressure on in order for the young guns at CB to have a chance.

Generate Offense.
The woes of the Titans offense continued last Sunday and the unit has not scored a touchdown in nine quarters. In order to keep the ball away from Alexander the Great, the Titans must execute their short passing game and establish the run. Seattle is 10th in the league in rushing defense but this number may be somewhat skewed as they've faced few top runners this season. The Giants Tiki Barber put up 151 yards on them though they did hold the Texans Dominick Davis to 40 yards. Regardless, the Titans haven't done much since the 21-point outbreak against the Niners who Seattle beat 41-3 last Sunday. With the limited weapons in the passing game, Brown will need his best effort of the season on Sunday for the Titans to stay in this one.

Special Special Teams.
Pacman Jones brought one to the house last Sunday and the Titans will need everything special teams can give them again this week. With the offense sputtering, a shorter field always helps. The Seahawks have allowed one kickoff return for a touchdown and averages 8.3 yards per punt return. With scoring opportunities likely to be minimal, Rob Bironas will need a take advantage of every opportunity. Craig Hentrich had a monster punt last week and will need to help keep the Seahawks pinned back and make them drive a long field. If the Titans are going to have a shot in this one, they need to make something special happen on punt coverage which means swarming Seahawk punt returner and ex-Vandy player DB Jimmy Williams who has put two on the turf so far this season but will want to show especially well in Nashville.





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LAST GAME
Titans 17
Seahawks 13
Passing
V. Young:
17/28, 171 yards,
1 INT, LG 29,
RT 63.2
Rushing
C. Johnson:
36/134, 3.7 AVG, 2 TDs, LG 12
Receptions
N. Washington:
6/83, 13.8 AVG,
LG 29



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2009
TEAM STATS
Total Offense
12th
Total: 351.4
Passing: 189.4
Rushing: 162.0
Scoring Avg.: 22.1
Total Defense 28th
Total: 365.6
Passing: 258.7
Rushing: 106.9
Scoring Avg.: 25.1

2009
STAT LEADERS
Passing
V. Young
Attempts: 259
Completions: 152
Yards: 1879
Touchdowns: 10
Interceptions: 7
Passer Rating: 82.8
Rushing
C. Johnson
Carries: 358
Yards: 2006
Average: 5.6
Touchdowns: 14
Receiving
K. Britt
Receptions: 42
Yards: 701
Average: 16.7
Touchdowns: 3

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