Tennessee Titans vs. Seattle Seahawks Week 2 Best Bet

by | Sep 16, 2021 | nfl

Tennessee Titans (0-1 SU, 0-1 ATS) vs. Seattle Seahawks (1-0 SU, 1-0 ATS)

When: Sunday, September 19, 4:25 p.m.

Where: Lumen Field, Seattle

TV: CBS

Point Spread: TEN +5.5/SEA -5.5 (BetNow - 100% bonus up to $1000!)

Total: O/U 54

Outlook

One team looks like it’s everything it was supposed to be this offseason, while the other looks like it might be a bit overhyped but still in good shape in a very weak division. Seattle started the year by ripping through the Colts, who were considered one of the two favorites to win the AFC South alongside Tennessee. Indianapolis has been a team in transition, as it didn’t have quarterback Carson Wentz throughout the preseason, but the way the Seahawks controlled the game made a statement to the rest of the NFC West.

On the other hand, Tennessee had the floodgates opened up against Arizona, as the Titans couldn’t get their offense going in any way, shape, or form. Tennessee never got started against the Cardinals, as they couldn’t block Chandler Jones and couldn’t get their passing attack going, even with Arizona’s secondary being a lot less than threatening. The Titans now have serious questions on both sides of the ball, and with the Seahawks looking like they might be for real, an 0-2 start is a genuine possibility.

How the Public is Betting the Tennessee/Seattle Game

The public is expecting points here, as the total has jumped from 52.5 to 54. Even though 60% of tickets are coming in on the Seahawks, the money is still coming on the Titans, as the spread has gone from -6 to -5.5.

Injury Concerns

Tennessee:
Defensive back Amani Hooker (foot), kicker Sam Ficken (groin), safety Brady Breeze (leg), defensive tackle Trevon Coley (undisclosed), running back Darrynton Evans (knee), center Daniel Munyer (undisclosed), wide receiver Marcus Johnson (undisclosed), tackle Brandon Kemp (shoulder) and tight end Briley Moore (knee) are out. Tight end Anthony Firkser (undisclosed), tackle Taylor Lewan (knee), linebacker David Long Jr. (hamstring), defensive back Chris Jackson (hamstring), and wide receiver Josh Reynolds (foot) are questionable.

Seattle:
Center Ethan Pocic (knee), running back Rashaad Penny (calf), cornerback Nigel Warrior (undisclosed), cornerback Tre Brown (knee), tight end Colby Parkinson (foot), tackle Cedric Ogbuehi (bicep), linebacker Ben Burr-Kiven (knee) and wide receiver John Ursua (knee) are out. Safety Ryan Neal (oblique), wide receiver Dee Eskridge (concussion), and wide receiver Penny Hart (concussion) are questionable.

When Tennessee Has the Ball

The big question for the Titans is, can the line actually block? When you’ve got a great running back in Derrick Henry and can’t get him going, that’s on the line, and the Titans’ line got simply buried by Arizona. Tennessee only managed 86 rushing yards against the Cardinals, and while that was in part because the Titans had to abandon the ground game, Tennessee can’t struggle to that extent on the ground if it hopes to get back on track.

The good news is that Tennessee still does have several weapons at its disposal, and Seattle did allow the Colts to move the ball at the end of the contest. The Titans still have much better receivers than the Colts do, and if the line can protect Ryan Tannehill, Tennessee should be able to keep this thing close.

When Seattle Has the Ball

Tyler Lockett and D.K. Metcalf tore apart the Colts’ secondary, and if the Titans can’t play better defense than they did against Arizona, they could be in for a very long day. The Seahawks have the receivers needed to put up a huge day as well as a solid running back in Chris Carson, and Russell Wilson is likely salivating at the prospect of facing a defense that gave up five touchdown passes to Kyler Murray.

However, Seattle got a bit too complacent in the second half against the Colts, as they were forced to punt four times and fumbled once in the second half, which could easily have opened the door for an Indianapolis comeback. The Seahawks should have a strong crowd behind them, and getting off to a good start is critical toward them taking control of this contest.

Betting Trends

One thing to keep in mind here is that Mike Vrabel has actually done a great job in getting the Titans to bounce back after they get embarrassed, as the Titans are 6-3-1 ATS and 8-2 SU when they’re coming off a double-digit defeat. However, getting the Titans off to a good start is not one of Vrabel’s strengths, as the Titans have failed to cover in four straight contests in September.
That’s a big problem against the Seahawks, who have been at their best in September. Seattle is 5-0 ATS in the season’s first month, dating back to 2019. But there is a problem there: Seattle is just 1-5 ATS in its past six after an ATS win. The Titans have proven to be a heavy over team as an underdog, as the over is 6-1 in Tennessee’s last seven games when getting points. On the other hand, Seattle relies on its defense, hitting the under eight times in 10 games.

Weather Report

They talk up the rain in Seattle to discourage people from moving there, but the rain is real this time. Temperatures are expected to be in the mid-50s, with a 65% chance of rain on Sunday.

Dan’s Pick to Cover the Spread

You never want to overreact to Week 1, but the Titans really didn’t look that great, and the Seahawks looked like they’re for real. There doesn’t seem to be much of a chance that the Titans can turn things around to that extent while going into Seattle, and I think the Seahawks are looking to give their fans a great show in their return.

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