Week 6 (10/13: Titans at Seahawks

A couple of weeks ago, I might have said this was a pretty good matchup, but now?  The Titans were off to a great start this season with Jake Locker at the helm, but he's out with a hip injury.  In his place is Ryan Fitzpatrick, a really smart guy who has made a career of making really dumb decisions with the ball.  On the grouhd, Chris Johnson is averaging a putrid 3.1 yards per carry this year — that's 38th in the league among qualifying players, for those of you keeping track.  In other words, this is a great opportunity for the defense to work out some of the problems they had during the Houston and Indianapolis games.

On defense, the Titans are pretty good this year.  They're 11th in points allowed, 13th in passer rating allowed, and 10th in sack percentage.  Those marks are thanks in large part to the pass rush ability of DE Derrick Morgan (2 sacks, 8 hits) and LB Zach Brown (3 sacks, 6 hits) and the pass coverage of CB Alterraun Verner (4 interceptions, 11 pass defenses — both are tops in the NFL).  Behind Seattle's patchwork o-line, Wilson is going to spend yet another week under fire, and he'd better know where Verner is on every snap so he knows where not to throw the ball.

But as good as they've been against the pass, the Titans are susceptible to a strong running attack.  Through five weeks, they've given up 4.3 yards per carry on the ground, good for 24th in the NFL.  Provided the Seahawks are careful with the ball (Tennessee is tied for 5th place in takeaways), they should be able to ride Beast Mode to victory in this one.