The Injury Bowl
Having finished their two game road trip, the Seattle Seahawks will play at Century Link on Sunday to wrap up their fourth straight game against an opponent from the AFC South.
Both the Seahawks and Titans are coming off of a loss, and enter Sunday with the hope of getting back into the win column.
Jake Locker’s return to Washington will have to wait.
The depth of the Titans and Seahawks will be tested, with Tennessee having to cope with the loss of Jake Locker to a hip injury that will prevent him from making a return to the state he played his college ball, being the most notable injury.
On defence the Seahawks will be missing their quarterback of sort as well, with Bobby Wagner being sidelined by high ankle sprain.
Crowd noise will surely be a factor, with the leaders on offence and defence of these two clubs out and their replacements having to make the calls.
The Seahawks vs. Injuries
If you thought the injuries listed in the introduction were rough, wait until you hear about who else will be patrolling the sidelines for Seattle. On offence, they will be missing both their tackles, with Russell Okung and Breno Giacomini sitting out. Stepping in for the injured lineman will be Michael Bowie and Alvin Bailey.
This will be Bailey’s first start in the NFL, and the hope is that he can provide more stability on the outside than Paul McQuistan who’s been nothing short of a tire fire on the outside.
Bowie already has a few starts under his belt, but is equally as green as Bailey – they’re both still playing in their first year.
The Seahawks offensive line will be getting another boost when Max Unger suits up for the first time a while at center.
There is potential for even more help to come the offensive line’s way as Zach Miller could start on Sunday.
On the defensive side of things the Seahawks will be without Bobby Wagner and likely see the return of Jeremy Lane from a hamstring injury.
K.J. Wright will start in the middle today if Bobby can’t go.
In lieu of the Wagner injury Seattle has opted to start K.J. Wright in his spot at MLB and promote Malcolm Smith to OLB, opposite Bruce Irvin.
It’s hard to find two secondary’s better than the Seahawks and Titans’. In Seattle’s corner you have the renowned Legion Of Boom, known league wide for their ability to force turnovers and lay the smack down – verbally or physically, with equal efficiency. Tennessee’s much-less heralded secondary may not be as talented as Seattle’s, but what they lack in skill they more than make up for in experience.
With Darrelle Revis having a hard time recovering from his ACL tear, the only cornerback in the league right now that is giving Richard Sherman a run for his money as the best would be Tennessee’s Alterraun Verner.
He’s thrived under Greg Williams and his implementation of press coverage on the outside and has become an interception machine.
Beyond that they have even more similarities in the secondary. Bernard Pollard and Kam Chancellor play an equally intimidating role at strong safety for their respective clubs, and are eerily similar in that they are both key parts to their respective club’s run defense.
Tennessee’s Ground Game vs. Seattle’s Run Defence
Should Shonn Greene play on Sunday, the Seahawks will certainly have their hand full with the Titans’ three headed ground game. Even without Greene, the Titans possess one of the deeper backfields in the league with Chris Johnson and Jackie Battle.
Leading the charge for the Titans will be their fearsome duo of guards, Chance Warmack and Andy Levitre.
Both were acquired in the offseason, and provide new-found stability for the Titans at the interior of their offensive line.
Opposite the Titans revamped offensive line will be Tony McDaniel and Brandon Mebane. Both have exceeding expectations to this point in the season, and will need to keep up the good work on Sunday to give Seattle a chance.
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