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A look at the Tennessee Titans, the Seahawks’ opponent in their Week 6 game at CenturyLink Field:
When: Sunday, 1:05 p.m. PT, CenturyLink Field
Record: 3-2 after Sunday’s 26-17 loss to the unbeaten Kansas City Chiefs
Where they rank: No. 26 on offense (13th rushing, 26th passing); No. 9 on defense (14th rushing, 9th passing)
TV: CBS (KIRO/7 in the greater Seattle area), with Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf
Series: Seahawks lead 9-5, but the Titans won the last meeting – 17-13 in the 2009 season finale in Seattle – to snap the Seahawks’ five-game winning streak
Unsung hero: Kendall Wright. The second-year wide receiver not only leads the Titans with 26 receptions, he leads the league with 13 third-down receptions – including his only touchdown catch. Last season, after being the 20th overall pick in the NFL Draft, the 5-foot-10, 190-pound Wright had 64 receptions to become the first rookie to lead the Titans/Oilers in receiving since Bill Groman in the franchise’s inaugural season in 1960. Despite not being a “starter,” Wright led the team with seven receptions in Week 2 and six receptions last week; tied for the team lead with five receptions in Week 4; and was second with six receptions in Week 3.
On the spot: Ryan Fitzpatrick. This was supposed to be a homecoming for Jake Locker, the Ferndale-born former University of Washington quarterback. Locker is coming home, but he won’t play because of a sprained right hip. So Fitzpatrick it is, in his second start for the Titans. The Seahawks saw him in Week 15 last season, when Fitzpatrick was quarterbacking the Buffalo Bills. He was 21 of 38 for 217 yards and a touchdown in the game that was played at Toronto’s Rogers Centre, but also threw two interceptions in the game – one that was returned 57 yards for a touchdown by All-Pro free safety Earl Thomas in the Seahawks’ 50-17 victory. This season’s Titans are better than last season’s Bills, but this season’s Titans aren’t the same team with Fitzpatrick taking over for Locker. Fitzpatrick missed his first five throws against the Chiefs last week and then threw two interceptions in the final 6:14 of the nine-point loss. In between, he threw 49- and 9-yard TD passes. Which Fitzpatrick shows up at CenturyLink Field on Sunday?
Burning question: Whatever happened to Chris Spencer? The Seahawks’ first-round draft choice in 2005 is a backup center and guard for the Titans. Spencer played the past two seasons with the Chicago Bears, who signed him just before the start of training camp in 2011. Spencer then signed with the Titans in April. During his six-season stay in Seattle, Spencer started 70 games for the Seahawks.
Numbers to know: 4, interceptions by cornerback Alterraun Verner to share the NFL lead. … 3, turnovers by the Titans, fewest in the league. … 51, points scored by the Titans in the fourth quarter. … 52, points scored off turnovers by the Titans. … .281, opponents’ third-down conversion percentage against the Titans (18 of 64). … 58.8, Fitzpatrick’s passer rating in his first start for the Titans. … Plus-8, Titans’ turnover differential, second in the NFL to the Chiefs (plus-10) and one spot ahead of the Seahawks (plus-7).
The last word: “We’re all frustrated. I think a lot of guys didn’t make plays when they had to. All of us – coaches, players. We know going to Seattle, how hard it is. … We have to go reload, and we will, then have a good week and play better next weekend.” – Titans coach Mike Munchak after Sunday’s loss to the Chiefs Read