(SportsNetwork.com) - After playing three consecutive home games, the Tennessee Titans are about to pay for it by going on the road to perhaps the NFL's toughest environment, Seattle.
The Seahawks have yet to lose in the Pacific Northwest since Russell Wilson took over as the team's signal caller. Wilson is a perfect 10-0 as a starter at CenturyLink Field, completing 128-of-204 passes for 1,848 yards with 22 TDs and only four interceptions, good for a 119.9 passer rating in those contests,
Making matters even worse for the Titans is the fact that Seattle faltered down the stretch in Indianapolis last week, suffering its first loss of the 2013 campaign.
The Seahawks, who own a one-game lead in the NFC West over both San Francisco and Arizona, let a fourth-quarter lead slip away after gaining control with a pair of touchdown passes by Wilson.
It was Seattles first defeat in the regular season since Nov. 25, 2012, ending a run of nine straight regular-season wins.
Wilson threw for 210 yards and two scores and added 102 yards on the ground to match Marshawn Lynch's rushing total. Steven Hauschka kicked four field goals but had another attempt blocked and returned for a touchdown by Delano Howell.
"Not closing out drives and taking field goals was a big difference today," Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said. "The tale of this game comes down to the big plays made or weren't made. It's a very frustrating game to leave out there."
The Titans, meanwhile, hosted the unbeaten Kansas City Chiefs last week and fell by a final score of 26-17. After falling behind 13-0, the Titans scored 17 consecutive points in the second half before losing the lead in the fourth quarter.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, making his first start in a Titans uniform in the place of injured starter Jake Locker (hip, knee), completed 21-of-41 passes for 247 yards, including a creative toss to Chris Johnson that resulted in a 49-yard touchdown. The ninth-year veteran quarterback also scored the other touchdown for the Titans on a nine-yard run.
The Titans defense was stout for most of the afternoon, allowing the Chiefs to convert only 1-of-12 third-down attempts and one touchdown in four trips inside the 20.
However, the one touchdown allowed by the defense, combined with four Kansas City field goals, was enough in the end for the Chiefs as they benefited from an early Titans special teams miscue. Kansas City's first punt of the game caromed off the foot of Damian Williams and into the end zone, where it was recovered by the Chiefs for a touchdown.
"This was kind of a roller-coaster ride," said Titans linebacker Zaviar Gooden. "We've just got to finish games."
The Titans and Seahawks have met 14 times during the regular season with Seattle having a 9-5 advantage. The Seahawks had won five consecutive games and seven out of eight until the Titans won the last encounter, a 17-3 win at CenturyLink Field in the 2009 season finale.
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Wilson's ascent to the top of the NFL mountain has been rapid to say the least. As a rookie, he started every game and was selected to the Pro Bowl after matching Peyton Manning's 1998 record for most touchdown passes by a first-year player (26) and setting a club record with a 100.0 passer rating.
This season, the University of Wisconsin product, has most buying into Seattle as a legitimate Super Bowl contender. He's the classic new breed dual-threat QB that can beat you with his arm or legs and has proven to be a notch better at home.