Seattle Seahawks vs. Tennessee Titans Week 2 Betting Preview, Odds, and Prediction
Date: Sunday, September 19, 2021
Game Time: 4:25 PM ET
Location: Lumen Field, Seattle, WA
TV Network: CBS
Seattle Seahawks Record: (1-0-0 SU, 1-0-0 ATS)
Tennessee Titans Record: (0-1-0 SU, 0-1-0 ATS)
The Seattle Seahawks and Tennessee Titans enjoyed contrasting fortunes in Week 1. The Titans lost their season home-opener to the Cardinals 38-13 while the Seahawks beat the Indianapolis Colts 28-16 in their first game of the season.
Early NFL odds opened with the Seahawks tipped as the firm -3.5 faves against the spread in the betting before Week 1. However, the NFL line jumped up significantly on the heels of the commanding performance at Lucas Oil Stadium. Currently, the Seahawks are priced as the 5-point home chalk, and the total is projected to 54 points.
Seattle Seahawks Betting Odds & Overview
Russell Wilson and Co. began their NFC West title-defense campaign with a thumping 28-16 win over the Colts on the road, easily coming through with the win and cover as the closing 3-point road favorites.
It marked the debut of offensive coordinator Shane Waldron and the Seahawk's new-look offense, which featured an increased emphasis on play-action passes.
The Seahawks doubled up on play-action passes as they romped to victory in Indianapolis. The way Waldron ran the offense looked similar to the Titans' offense under former offensive coordinator Arthur Smith. The Seahawks lit up for 381 yards of total offense, 241 passing yards, and 140 rushing yards, all while having ten minutes less of ball possession (24:13 mins) than the Colts.
Wilson went 18-of-23 for 254 passing yards and four touchdowns with zero interceptions. Chris Carson propelled Seattle's ground game with 91 yards on 16 carries, while Tyler Locket led Seattle's receiving corps with 100 yards on four receptions and two touchdowns. DK Metcalf and Gerald Everett had a touchdown apiece.
The defense, on the other hand, wasn't so dominant. They allowed 336 yards in total offense, which included 223 passing yards and 113 rushing yards. Fortunately, the Colts didn't convert those yards meaningfully and put up just 16 points.
Tennessee Titans Betting Odds & Overview
The Tennessee Titans were left shellshocked by the Arizona Cardinals in a 38-13 defeat at Nissan Stadium that trumped the market upside down. Books installed the Titans as the 3-point home favorites in point spread betting markets, but they failed to even whiff at the line in the stunning defeat.
New offensive coordinator, Todd Downing, appeared to run out of ideas, Tannehill was paralyzed. Not to mention, flattened five times by Chandler Jones for the sack in the pocket. The Cardinals defense thwarted derrick Henry at every turn, and special teams only highlighted the Titans' problems more. The Titans defense, on the other hand, couldn't handle the Cardinals ground or aerial assault. It was an ugly loss that left head coach Mike Vrabel visibly perturbed. He didn't mince his words either, saying that they'd got their "ass kicked" in his post-game press conference. Then, adding, "You know, they beat us and outcoached us."
Some of it was down to a great game plan by Kliff Kingsbury, but some of it was down to a tactical change on the offensive side of the ball that didn't pan out. The Titans built their success on play-action passes over the last two years, especially, but Downing seemingly abandoned that. Tannehill finished with 21-of-35 passing attempts for 212 yards and a touchdown. He also threw an interception and twice fumbled the ball for a loss. On the ground, Tannehill merely scampered for 17 yards while Henry was held to a paltry 58 yards. A.J. Brown and Chester Rogers barely cracked 100 receiving yards.
Seattle Seahawks vs. Tennessee Titans Odds
|Titans||+210||+5.5||Over 54 (-103)|
|Seahawks||-225||-5.5||Under 54 (-104)|
Seattle Seahawks vs. Tennessee Titans Week 2 Betting Preview & Prediction
Often betting markets react to the outcome of Week 1 while bettors overreact to those same results. The upshot of which, Week 2 is usually riddled with kneejerk betting that can backfire spectacularly. Take, for example, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. After losing to the New Orleans Saints in Week 1 of the 2020 NFL season, armchair critics and naysayers came out in full force. Only too eager to write Tom Brady's post-New England obituary after a disappointing debut with the Buccaneers. Fast forward to February and the scene at Raymond James Stadium: confetti raining down on a smiling Brady as he hoisted the Lombardi Trophy following his seventh Super Bowl victory. The moral of the story: it's Week 1.
The Seahawks and Titans match up well. Consider that this game's look-ahead line was around a field goal (or thereabouts) but is now as high as 5 points, with some shops already up to 6 points. What is that, if not a total overreaction to Week 1? More importantly, backing the Titans at +6 (if you get that many points) could prove a steal for NFL picks.
Yes, the Seahawks looked good in the win. But it was a win against a team that was debuting Carson Wentz. The quarterback's career has been declining in recent years, and he recently had foot surgery.
No, the Titans didn't look good in the lopsided defeat to the Cardinals. But the Titans might be guilty of not dealing with the preseason hype, partly due to signing wide receiver Julio Jones.
The Seahawks offense isn't as explosive, and the Seahawks defense isn't as intimidating as the Cardinals were. Moreover, the Titans were embarrassed in Week 1. To succumb to back-to-back embarrassing defeats is hard to imagine. As such, this game might be closer, the NFL odds would suggest, and it wouldn't be shocking if it did go entirely against the grain either.
NFL Picks: Titans +6