When: Sunday, 1:15 p.m., Qwest Field
Records: Seahawks 5-10, Titans 7-8
TV: KIRO/7 (Ian Eagle, Rich Gannon)
Radio: 710 ESPN-AM and KIRO-FM/97.3 (Steve Raible, Warren Moon, Jen Mueller)
Seahawks defense vs. Titans RB Chris Johnson: This just in – Johnson has a shot at becoming the sixth player in NFL history to rush for 2,000 yards in a season. Getting Johnson to this plateau has been the talk of Tennessee all week, and the league’s leading rusher needs 128 yards to do it. The Seahawks’ motivation in their season finale is to avoid being on “highlight reels for the rest of eternity,” as coach Jim Mora put it. To do that, the Seahawks will have to deal with Johnson’s combination of speed, power and patience, which allows him to do damage running up the middle or to the outside.
One to watch
Matt Hasselbeck vs. himself. The Seahawks’ QB has turned the ball over nine times in the past two games, including throwing four interceptions against the Packers on the road last week as well as the Buccaneers at home the week before. Hasselbeck admits he has been pressing to try and make something happen for an offense that has scored 24 points during the current three-game losing streak.
Fun to watch
David Hawthorne. The second-year middle linebacker is having a season to remember, and build upon. He’ll make his 11th start for the injured Lofa Tatupu, but Hawthorne leads the team in tackles (107) and interceptions (three) and is third in sacks (four). The aforementioned task of containing Johnson will start with Hawthorne’s ability to dissect where the play is going and getting off blocks to hit Johnson before he gets going.
This will be the first time the Titans have played at Qwest Field. … The Titans are looking to become the first team in NFL history to finish .500 after starting 0-6. … The Seahawks are looking to avoid losing their final four games of a season for the first time since 1992. … The Titans have an eight-game winning streak against NFC opponents. … Seahawks TE John Carlson needs seven catches and 68 yards to break his franchise records for the position that he set last season (55 for 627). … Seahawks DE Patrick Kerney has 14 sacks in his past 14 games at Qwest Field. … In addition to leading the league in rushing (1,872), Johnson also leads the Titans in receiving (47). … The Titans have allowed 389 points, fourth most in the league behind the Lions (457), Rams (408) and Chiefs (400). … MLB Stephen Tulloch leads the Titans with 122 tackles.