Seattle Seahawks Should Rebound From First Loss with Defense Facing Ryan Fitzpatrick
The Seattle Seahawks most likely have their week five loss to the Indianapolis Colts still on their mind. Not only was their defense, one of the best units in the NFL, burned for 34 points against the Colts, but they also are no longer among the league’s unbeaten and will be looking to prove they still belong among the elite teams in the NFL.
Luckily for the Seahawks and their defense, they will have a solid shot at redemption as they take on the Tennessee Titans in week six. Tennessee is certainly no slouch as they head into this matchup with a 3-2 record, but they have one piece of their team that won’t be working in their favor: quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Though the Seahawks allowed 34 points against the Colts last week, their passing defense was still quite good. Andrew Luck managed only 229 yards through the air, most of which came on two big scoring passes to T.Y. Hilton. Not to be disrespectful, but Fitzpatrick isn’t Luck.
While with the Buffalo Bills last season, Fitzpatrick actually matched up against the Seahawks last season and didn’t have much success. He completed just 21 of his 38 pass attempts for 217 yards while throwing for only one touchdown and two interceptions. One of his picks was also taken back for a score by Seattle.
Fitzpatrick wasn’t awful in his first start this season for Tennessee last week as Jake Locker’s backup, but he also didn’t show a whole lot of promising signs. Against another talented defense in the Kansas City Chiefs, Fitzpatrick completed only 21 of his 41 pass attempts for only 247 yards while, once again, throwing one touchdown and two interceptions.
This Seahawks defense has been one of the best units in the league against the pass this year. They’ve allowed only five touchdowns through the air while forcing seven interceptions and allowing only 195 yards passing per game, the third best rate in the league. Coming up against an average-at-best quarterback in Fitzpatrick, the Seattle defense should be able to dominate and help the team get back to their winning ways.
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