NASHVILLE, Tenn. –** The Titans face the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday at Nissan Stadium:
Here's a look at six things to watch:
Fit for a King?**
Running back Derrick Henry ran for a career-high 92 yards against the Jaguars. His bruising style got everyone jacked up. Henry not only ran through tacklers, he ran over them. With running back DeMarco Murray slowed with a hamstring injury, could Henry be in for another busy day on Sunday against a tough Seattle defense? We'll have to wait and see on this one. Murray returned to practice on Friday after missing the previous two days, and is questionable for Sunday's game.
Titans defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau brought up Fran Tarkenton when talking about Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson this week. During LeBeau's playing days with the Lions, Tarkenton used to drive defenses crazy with his scrambling ability while playing quarterback for the Giants and Vikings. Well, Wilson is a nightmare for players these days. The Titans will try and contain him, and keep him from busting off runs on third-and-long. He's also capable of delivering strikes downfield.
Can Mariota stay hot vs NFC?**
Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota's stats in interconference games are off the charts. In seven games, Mariota is 5-2 vs. the NFC, with 18 touchdowns, three interceptions and a passer rating of 121.4. He's guided the Titans to three straight wins against NFC teams. Can Mariota stay hot against the Seahawks? Well, it will be a challenge. Seattle has experienced players across the board, especially in the secondary.
Bring on the Heat
Speaking of hot, it's going to be a steamer on Sunday, with temperatures expected to climb to around 90 degrees in Nashville. The Titans have gotten used to it of late. It's been a warm week in Nashville, and the team just played on a warm day in Jacksonville. The Seahawks, well, they haven't exactly had a chance to get acclimated. The highs have been in the 60s in the Seattle area of late. Will the heat take a toll on the visitors?
Targets minus Davis**
Rookie receiver Corey Davis will sit this one out with a hamstring injury. Life won't change for guys like receiver Rishard Matthews and tight end Delanie Walker, but others will need to step up. Eric Decker was more involved against the Jaguars, and he should be a factor moving forward. The same can be said for rookie Taywan Taylor, who went from six snaps in the opener to 12 snaps against the Jaguars. Taylor hauled in a beautiful 42-yard catch in that game, and continues to make a case for himself to be even more involved.
The Seahawks come to town with a highly respected defense, a group that includes many with Super Bowl experience. They're stout up front, and in the secondary. But the Titans want to continue to show they can make plays, too. The Titans forced three turnovers last week – a pair of interceptions and a fumble recovery. They'll look to keep it up against the Seahawks.
TitansOnline.com looks back at the all-time series against the Seattle Seahawks. (AP Photos)