Seattle Seahawks vs. Tennessee Titans Preview & Prediction
The Seahawks are coming off a big win over the Eagles that has kept their playoff hopes alive. For now.
Drew Lock and the elite trio of Seattle receivers – DK Metcalf, Tyler Lockett and Jaxon Smith-Njigba – came up clutch on a 92-yard drive in the final minutes of the game to win. Kenneth Walker got back in the end zone, and the defense had two interceptions. They seemed to have found a rhythm after dropping four straight.
Meanwhile, Tennessee is coming off an overtime loss to the Texans that officially eliminated them from playoff contention. They also may be without starting quarterback Will Levis in which case former starter Ryan Tannehill would likely return. Seattle has a chance to continue momentum from their Eagles win, this week.
Seattle should be able to win by at least a field goal here and cover the spread. Defensively last week, they held Jalen Hurts to his lowest completion rate, QBR, and passing yards total of the season. Offensively, they’ve got one of the best receiver rooms in the league and a solid running back. Geno Smith was active last week, so he should be ready to go this week.
Tennessee has a talented run defense that ranks 11th in EPA and DVOA, so this should give Walker a challenge. However, the receiving weapons for Seattle will dominate this Titans secondary. On the other side of the ball, the Titans have some good weapons in Derrick Henry and DeAndre Hopkins, though the question of who will be under center may change their effectiveness here.
Seattle is the better team on both sides of the ball. With playoff hopes on the line, they should be able to take care of business, even on the road. I don’t trust them to blow them out of the water given their inconsistency this year but a 2.5-point spread against this Tennessee team is manageable to cover.
Seattle Seahawks vs. Tennessee Titans Prediction & Best Bet: Seahawks -2.5
Seattle Seahawks vs. Tennessee Titans Betting Odds
Seattle opened as a 1.5-point favorite however this line has moved up to 2.5 following their win over the Eagles on Monday. The over/under is between 41 and 42 points at most sportsbooks.
Seattle Seahawks vs. Tennessee Titans Key Injuries
Both teams are dealing with injuries to their starting quarterbacks at the moment. While Geno Smith has taken two weeks off and has been upgraded to active, Will Levis suffered a high-ankle sprain in Week 15 that has him listed as questionable for this week’s game.
Seattle’s Devon Witherspoon and Jamal Adams also sat out last week. They are both listed as questionable for this week.
Seattle Seahawks vs. Tennessee Titans Key Matchups
See below the key matchups and mismatches for the Seahawks vs. Titans game.
Derrick Henry vs. Seattle Seahawks run defense
The Hawks’ defense has yielded 657 rushing yards over their last four games and currently rank 30th in rush defense EPA. They’ve been gashed on the ground against teams with potent run games this year, including a season-high 297 yards versus Baltimore. Seattle has a solid front seven that features Bobby Wagner and Leonard Williams, but their production has dropped off drastically in the back half of the season.
Little needs to be said about how dangerous Derrick Henry can be to opposing defenses, let alone struggling ones. Henry is in a position to do well here especially with quarterback questions for Tennessee. Henry has the the third-most carries of all running backs and has led the Titans to the ninth-highest rush play percentage (44.01%). Expect him to carry the load of the offense this week.
Seattle Seahawks receivers vs. Tennessee Titans secondary
This also has the potential to be a big mismatch this week. Tennessee ranks 30th in defensive EPA and their pass defense ranks 27th in DVOA and 30th in EPA and success rate.
Seattle’s receiving room is arguably one of the most well-rounded in the league. Between a fast and physical DK Metcalf, a top slot receiver and route runner in Jaxon Smith-Njigba and a sneaky consistent Tyler Lockett, they constantly have weapons on the field. The Seahawks currently rank 11th in pass offense DVOA and success rate thanks to this group.