It was a brutal opening weekend for the Tennessee Titans — no getting around it. The team looked rusty after not getting any playing time for most of the starters during the preseason, while they also battled a mini COVID outbreak during camp, causing several key members of the offense to miss time on the practice field.
The result was an absolute thumping by the Arizona Cardinals. The offensive line was nothing short of a disaster, which killed any opportunity that the offense had to operate last Sunday.
It won’t get much easier this week either, with a trip to hostile Seattle up next. The Seahawks handled the Colts behind Russell Wilson’s four touchdown passes, starting the season with a 28-16 win. They now welcome the Titans, who will try to put week one behind them.
Tennessee will make the trip across the country to face Seattle, set for a 3:25 CT kickoff on Sunday. Vegas likes the Seahawks in this spot, installing them as a 5.5 point favorite. Per the Action Network, 72 percent of the money wagered has come in on the Titans to this point.
The total sits at a very high 54 points.
The Titans will obviously have to get their offense off of the ground on Sunday, and that starts up front. Getting Derrick Henry rolling is a must, as Todd Downing attempts to kickstart the play-action passing attack to utilize A.J. Brown and Julio Jones downfield.
Clearly, they’ll need a better effort defensively as well. In an all too familiar look, Tennessee struggled to get off of the field against the Cardinals. Part of that was some really creative stuff from Kliff Kingsbury. Russell Wilson poses a slightly different style, and DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett figure to give the secondary plenty of issues on Sunday.
It’s a big early spot for the Titans ahead of an always-important matchup against the Colts next week. How will they respond?