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Seattle Seahawks at Tennessee Titans Preview
By Jon Small
Posted December 16th, 2005

The Titans host Seattle this Sunday in the Seahawks first ever trip to  Nashville. Tennessee (4-9) edged the pathetic Texans last week. Seattle (11-2) has outscored their last two opponents, the Eagles and 49ers, by a combined 83-3. This one promises to get ugly...


When The Titans Are On Offense

Offense? What offense? They haven't scored a TD in the last two games. QB Steve McNair isn't having a stellar year, but it's hardly all his fault. Drew Bennett has been a major disappointment as the #1 WR and no one else has stepped up. Running back Chris Brown has yet to run for 100 yards in a game this year. The offensive line play has also been lackluster this year, but they need to step up.

Seattle's defense has been very good this season, even after adding a bunch of new starters. The run defense is about average, but the pass defense is excellent. Rookie MLB Lofa Tatupu has been great this year and could be defensive rookie of the year. Michael Boulware is a terrific young safety. CB Marcus Trufant is very good on one side, but they are shorthanded on the other side with former Titan Andre Dyson as well as Kelly Herndon both injured. Reserve Jordan Babineaux gets the nod on the other side and the Titans are sure to try to target him. Seattle leads the NFL is sacks with 45, and has three players with seven or more. pass rushing DT Rocky Bernard leads the team with 8.5 sacks, DE Bryce Fisher has eight, while outside linebacker LeRoy Hill has seven.

Advantage: Seahawks


When The Seahawks Are On Offense
RB Shaun Alexander is the league's leading rusher with 1496 yards, a 4.9 yard-per-carry average, plus a league leading 23 rushing TDs. QB Matt Hasselbeck is the league's sixth rated quarterback, throwing for 2930 yards, 19 TDs, and nine INTs. Those numbers help lead to Seattle having the best offense in the NFC. The WR corps doesn't jump out at you as a major threat, but they are solid. Bobby Engram leads the team with 57 catches and 640 yards, though he has just three scores. Joe Jurevicius has 48 catches for 621 yards and eight scores. And their best receiver, Darrell Jackson, is finally getting back off the field after missing the last nine games. Hasselbeck has been sacked just 20 times this year, among the best in the league. Seattle's offensive line is one of the best in the league, both in the run game and in pass protection.

The Titans have got to be at their best this week. Shutting down Shaun Alexander is a massive task, but even doing that still leaves Hasselbeck. Tennessee's run defense will have to have their best effort of the year. They have been very up and down through the season. The defensive line is going to have to be stout, and that means Albert Haynesworth has to be dominating. Keith Bulluck is a great linebacker, but none of the other LBs have played at his level this year. The pass defense has improved some in recent weeks. CB Pacman Jones has stepped up in recent weeks. The rest of the secondary is still pretty weak, though. DE Kyle Vanden Bosch leads the team with 12.5 sacks. DE Travis LaBoy has five sacks while Bulluck has four. Just like two weeks ago against the Colts, the Titans D is in over their heads against the Seahawks.

Advantage: Seahawks


Special Teams
The two teams are about even in terms of kickers and punters. But as far as returns, the Titans have the edge. Pacman Jones is a dynamic return man, currently ranking as the NFL's best punt returner and fifth best kickoff returner. Seattle, meanwhile, is average on kickoff returns and near the bottom of the league in punt returns. Tennessee's coverage units have also been better than Seattle's.

Advantage: Titans


Fearless Prediction

The Seahawks are the clear favorite this week. After blowing out two other woeful teams in consecutive weeks, they get the trifecta with the Titans. Seattle hasn't allowed a TD in two weeks and the Titans offense hasn't scored one in the same timeframe. Not really a good sign for Tennessee fans...

Seahawks 33, Titans 13





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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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