By Karen Christensen // @ksc47
Titans beat Seattle Seahawks 33-27 in Music City
After another slow start with a score of 9-7 at the end of the first half, the only Titans’ scores coming from three field goals from place kicker Ryan Succop; the Titans finally got the train rollin’ in the third quarter. In that respect, this game was eerily similar to the previous game against the Jacksonville Jaguars with very little action in the beginning and then a whole lot of excitement at the end.
The best Tennessee plays in the beginning ended up being taken away. Wide receiver Eric Decker made a great sideline catch with some “toe drag swag” as Good Morning Football Show would say, keeping his toes in bounds and getting a first down during the first quarter. Decker would later be called for a holding penalty so a touchdown run by quarterback Marcus Mariota was called back.
Cornerback Adoree Jackson had an 80 yard punt return for a touchdown that was overturned due to an illegal block by running back David Fluellen in the second quarter. The call was a bit on the “iffy” side in my opinion. It looked like Seattle Seahawks cornerback Shaquill Griffin actually ran into Fluellen, but I’m not an NFL referee. Sure would have been lovely to have those two touchdowns light a fire for the Titans.
Now what did get the team lit up, was a late hit on Marcus Mariota by Seahawk cornerback Richard Sherman. Mariota was almost off the field when Sherman lowered his shoulder and hit Mariota, which was flagged as unnecessary roughness. The Titans definitely voiced their displeasure with the dirty hit, most notably left tackle Taylor Lewan. It created offsetting penalties and Sherman was not ejected from the game. Head coach Mike Mularkey later stated during a press conference that he thought it was “unacceptable” that Sherman was not ejected from the game for the dirty hit and Mularkey would be “addressing it with the league.”
The second half of the game was much more entertaining with the Titans scoring 24 points. Wide receiver Rishard Matthews ran 55 yards to the end zone after catching a screen pass from Mariota and executing a spin move that resulted in two Seahawk players running into each other. Loved it!
Fan favorite running back Derrick Henry had a 25 yard run in the third quarter that is the longest in his career. Henry suffered a thigh bruise sometime during the game but was able to continue playing. Rookie tight end Jonnu Smith was able to run the ball in for a touchdown from 24 yards out with no Seahawks defender in sight. Opposing teams haven’t been noticing Smith who had a touchdown last week against the Jaguars. He is like a secret weapon on the field, flying under the radar with no coverage.
Number 1 running back DeMarco Murray, who has been limited so far this season due to a hamstring injury, returned to action. He had a 75 yard touchdown in the third quarter, leaving Seattle’s Richard Sherman in the dust….It was revenge time. Murray was pumped up after that run, and so was Titan Nation. Fullback Jalston Fowler did a wonderful job blocking for Murray all the way to the end zone.
Another man on a mission in this game was linebacker Wesley Woodyard who led the team in tackles with 13. Unfortunately, the Seahawks got the score within six in the fourth quarter. Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is a great mobile quarterback and playmaker who almost led a come from behind victory. Seattle attempted an onside kick but Titans tight end Delanie Walker was able to recover it with only 1:50 left in the game, sealing the Titans victory.
The Titans are first in their division with a 2-1 record having secured two wins in a row. They own the tiebreaker over the Jacksonville Jaguars, who are also 2-1, by virtue of their Week 2 win. Next week the Titans will play divisional rival Houston Texans in Houston in a game with major implications on the line.
The Texans, despite a loss, played great against the New England Patriots. For the Titans to get into the playoffs this year, these divisional games are must wins. The Texans’ rookie quarterback, DeShaun Watson, is a mobile and doesn’t lack confidence at all. The Texans also have home field advantage, and defensive end JJ Watt is hunting for his first quarterback sack this season. Watt has a finger injury and did not practice this Thursday. I think the Titans’ offensive line is up to the challenge and will protect Mariota.
Our number one rookie wide receiver Corey Davis is still out with a hamstring injury as is safety Johnathan Cyprien. Derrick Henry has been to every practice this week, as has DeMarco Murray. The Titans are healthy and motivated, locked and loaded. I predict the third straight Titans victory this Sunday.
Featured image Photo Credit AP Mark Zaleski
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