Here’s our weekly First Look at Seattle’s next opponent:
Seahawks opponent: Tennessee
Game time: 1:05 p.m. Pacific Time, CenturyLink Field.
Coach: Mike Munchak, 18-19 in his third season.
Last game: Lost to Kansas City, 26-17
The series: The Seahawks are 9-5 all-time against the Titans, which includes four games played after the team moved from Houston to Tennessee in 1997. The teams have only played twice since 1998, and only once since 2005, a 17-13 Titans win over the Seahawks in Tennessee in 2010.
The early line: Seahawks by 13.5.
Key players: Former Washington star Jake Locker started the first four games for the Titans at quarterback before suffering a hip injury in a win over the Jets on Sept. 29. He will not play against Seattle Sunday. His replacement is Ryan Fitzpatrick. Sixth-year running back Chris Johnson continues to be a stalwart for the Titans, leading them in rushing with 294 yards. Former Baylor standout Kendall Wright is the team’s leading receiver with 26 catches for 266 yards. Former Washington State defensive lineman and Clover Park grad Ropati Pitoitua has started four games for the Titans and has 15 tackles and three sacks this season.
Tennessee’s key to success: Tennessee was 3-1 under Locker, using an efficient offense and an opportunistic defense. The Titans lost Sunday to Kansas City with Fitzpatrick playing QB. Tennessee’s most notable number is a plus-eight turnover margin that ranks second in the NFL behind only Kansas City’s plus-10 — Seattle is third at plus-seven. Tennessee has also been good defensively on third down as opponents have converted just 18 of 64 third downs against the Titans (28.1 percent) third-best in the NFL.
BY THE NUMBERS
4 — Interceptions for Tennessee cornerback Alterraun Verner (pictured above in an AP photo), tied for the lead in the NFL.
13 — Receptions on third down by Wright, most in the NFL.
51 — Points Tennessee has scored in the fourth quarter this year, almost half of the team’s 115 total points.