Tennessee Titans vs. St. Louis Rams
The Seattle Seahawks and the Tennessee Titans face off on Saturday as both teams begin their 2012 NFL Preseason schedule. The Seahawks are -3 point favorites over the Titans with an over/under point total set at 34.
The Seattle Seahawks were a playoff team and playoff game winner two seasons ago but Pete Carroll’s team was unable to repeat and they look to bounce back this year. The Seahawks went big in free agency landing QB Matt Flynn from the Packers and he’s slated to start but they have some depth here with Tarvaris Jackson and rookie Russell Wilson. Marshawn Lynch has been the running game for Seattle and Leon Washington, Kregg Lumpkin and rookie Robert Turbin figure to see plenty of action here along with others. Seattle has an interesting group of receivers led by Sidney Rice and Doug Baldwin but they can only hope Golden Tate finally lives up to his first round draft status, Braylon Edwards regains his form, Terrell Owens can still play or maybe a rookie like Phil Bates comes in and surprises some people. With Zach Miller and Kellen Winslow Seattle has no shortage of talent at tight end and on the offensive line Russell Okung has a ton of potential and with Max Unger and Paul McQuistan they should be able to open up some running lanes. Defensively Seattle needs to pressure the passer better as Chris Clemons is a year older but they spent their first round draft choice on pure rusher Bruce Irvin. I don’t see Barrett Ruud as answer at MLB and look for Bobby Wagner and Korey Toomer to get looks. The secondary is strong for the Seahawks with Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas at safety.
The Tennessee Titans paly in a division that should have two of the worst teams in the NFL this season which lightens their schedule considerably and they look to have to tools to win plenty of other games as well. At QB the Titans are in very good shape with veteran Matt Hasselbeck but last year’s first round pick Jake Locker looks to have all of the throws while Rusty Smith and Nick Stephens a rookie out of Tarelton State battle it out for the number three spot. Chris Johnson gets a full camp this year so look for him to return to form and Javon Ringer has a year more experience and add in Jamie Harper and Tennessee has a pretty solid backfield. Kenny Britt is still on the PUP but the Titans drafter Kendall Wright number one this year and with Nate Washington, Damian Williams, Lavelle Hawkins they are deep at receiver. Craig Stephens is the starter at tight end but with six TE’s on the roster there will be some battles. Steve Hutchison joins the O-line which should help the running game but Tennessee doesn’t have a lot of depth anywhere but center where rookie William Vlachos out of Alabama is fourth on the depth chart. On defense Tennessee scooped up Kerion Wimbley from Oakland for immediate help to the pass rush and at linebacker the Titans are strong with Colin McCarthy, Will Witherspoon, and Akeem Ayers. The Titans secondary is also strong with Jason McCourty and Alterraun Verner at CB and Michael Griffin and Jordan Babineaux at safeties.
Seattle is one of the best home teams in football year after year and Pete Carroll is a rah rah type of coach who likes to win every game whether they count or not so while if this was the regular season I would love the Titans, the Seahawks may be the better play in this one.
Seattle Seahawks -3 Tennessee Titans