Battle Between Titans and Seahawks Could Be Swan Song for Key Veterans

Dave StanleyCorrespondent IJanuary 2, 2010

HOUSTON - NOVEMBER 23:  Linebacker Keith Bulluck #53 of the Tennessee Titans on the field in the game with the Houston Texans on November 23, 2009  at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas.  The Titans won 20-17.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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As far as unofficial records go, tomorrow's matchup between the Tennessee Titans and Seattle Seahawks will probably go down as the most important "meaningless" game in the history of the NFL .

And the reason is obvious: Titans running back Chris Johnson's pursuit of multiple yardage records has trumped the fact that both teams have virtually nothing to play for. 

Today, both teams will conduct their respective walkthroughs as they prepare for their season finale.  

By this time tomorrow, however, both teams could be experiencing the end of an era. 

For Tennessee , the potential damage is comparatively light when compared to the Seahawks ' looming sea change.  

For starters, linebacker and defensive leader Keith Bulluck is done for the year with a torn ACL. Throw in the fact that he's 33 and in the final year of his contract, and, well, the Titans could very well have a new identity on defense next year.  

In addition, veterans Nick Harper (also on injured reserve) and Jevon Kearse aren't exactly on solid footing either, given their ages and pedestrian performances this season.  

One question mark from earlier this year that seems to be resolved, however, is Vince Young. His career resurgence couldn't have been timed better: It's good for both him and the franchise.

On the other side of the field, however, things are looking to be a bit more ominous. The Seahawks recently forced out their general manager, Tim Ruskell, after years of ill-advised trades and draft picks.  

Most folks in Seattle are welcoming the front office change, given that Ruskell stubbornly kept trying to reload the burnt out, past-its-prime 2005 Super Bowl nucleus. Given the rash of losing seasons, conventional wisdom said that he should have been rebuilding instead.  

With a new sheriff coming to town, and a rash of expensive, aging, injury-prone, and under-performing players littering the roster...well, suffice it to say that the ho-hum status quo will be overhauled in the Emerald City.

Deon Branch, Walter Jones, and yes, even Matt Hasselbeck are some of the more prominent question marks as Seattle finishes up yet another disappointing season.

So, Seahawks and Titans fans alike should savor this game.  

Yes, there is a chance that Chris Johnson will make history. 

Yes, there is a chance that Tennessee coach Jeff Fisher, the longest tenured coach in the NFL, will get his first win against Seattle. But, keep in mind, there will be a nostalgic pall over the game as well.

In spite of both teams' recent losing ways, they have had banner, record-setting decades with great players—players whom you might not see again in your favorite uniform.