Ryan Fitzpatrick isnt one to shy away from where the blame lands with the Tennessee Titans struggles. It starts with him as the starting quarterback.
The last two weeks, Fitzpatrick said, Ive played poorly.
Credit one of the NFLs top secondaries in aiding that struggle. Earl Thomas and Richard Sherman picked off Fitzpatrick in the Seahawks 20-13 win over the Titans, making it the second consecutive week Fitzpatrick has thrown two interceptions.
With the hip and knee injuries sidelining former University of Washington star Jake Locker, Sunday was Fitzpatricks second straight start. But with Fitzpatrick as the starter, the Titans are winless, also losing 26-17 last week to Kansas City.
The Seahawks held Tennessees offense out of the end zone; a pair of Brett Kern field goals were the offenses only points.
I feel like the momentum has come to a halt these last two games, said Fitzpatrick, who completed 17 of 29 passes for 171 yards but was sacked three times.
Shermans interception with 11:23 left in the fourth quarter was crucial. Seattle took a 13-10 lead minutes earlier on Steven Hauschkas 29-yard field goal, and on the Titans first play on their offensive drive, Fitzpatrick went deep to Nate Washington down the right sideline, but was picked off by Sherman at the Seattle 41. Seven plays later, Marshawn Lynchs 3-yard touchdown run up the middle made the lead 20-10.
Fitzpatrick called both interceptions poor throws.
Theyre a good defense, Fitzpatrick said of the Seahawks. ... We couldnt get a rhythm on offense.
Said Tennessee coach Mike Munchak: Were just not playing good enough to win on that side of the ball.
At age 30, Fitzpatricks been a journeyman quarterback with starting experience. He started 50 games in Buffalo over four seasons, including all 16 regular-season games in 2011 and 12, before signing with the Titans his fourth NFL team this offseason.