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1:05 p.m., CenturyLink Field

TV: Ch. 7. Radio: 710-AM, 97.3-FM

The series: Seattle leads 9-5. The Titans won the last meeting, 17-13, on Jan. 3, 2010, in Seattle.

What to watch: The Seahawks will spend the afternoon trying to hem in Titans running back Chris Johnson, who ran for 2,006 yards in 2009 and more than 1,000 every season since. Johnson is having trouble this season. He’s averaging 3.1 yards a carry, down from 4.5 a year ago. The Seahawks are 19th against the run. With Jake Locker out because of a hip injury, Ryan Fitzpatrick is in at quarterback for Tennessee. He doesn’t worry the Seahawks much. Seattle is hoping to worry less about its offensive line, too. Offensive line coach Tom Cable said his group was much better last week versus Indianapolis than it was against Houston. Pro Bowl center Max Unger is back after missing two games, so that should be a boost.

The pick: Seahawks, 34-13.

Prime numbers


No. NamePos.Ht.Wt.Year

4 Ryan FitzpatrickQB6-2223ninth

Jake Locker’s fill-in can be creative but tends to turn the ball over.

20Alterraun VernerCB5-10187fourth

Verner is tied for the NFL lead in interceptions with four.

28 Chris JohnsonRB5-11203sixth

Though he’s had a quiet year, he can score at any time.

31 Bernard PollardS6-1225eighth

The veteran safety leads the Titans in tackles and fills well against the run.

85 Nate WashingtonWR6-1183ninth

He leads the Titans in receiving yards (362) and is their steady hand in the passing game.


No. NamePos.Ht.Wt.Year

3Russell WilsonQB5-11206second

The Seahawks are hoping to get their passing game going. That will be a challenge against a good Titans pass defense.

24Marshawn LynchRB5-11215seventh

Lynch has a minor hip problem. We’ll see how much work he gets.

50K.J. WrightLB6-4246third

Wright will slide into the middle for injured Bobby Wagner, who is not expected to play.

51Bruce IrvinLB6-3248second

With a week under his belt after being suspended for four, Irvin should see more work.

73Michael BowieRT6-4332first

Bowie will be making his third consecutive start. We’ll see if he is starting to learn.