The Seahawks will be heading to Houston to face the Texans in a Week #4 matchup. The game is slated for a 10 a.m. (PST) kickoff and will be televised on FOX. The Texans our returning home from a 30-9 loss in Week #3 against the Baltimore Ravens. Don’t let the score fool you, the Texans defense only gave up 16 points. The Ravens scored touchdowns off a punt return and a pick six interception thrown by Texans quarterback Matt Schaub.
The Texans are ranked #2 in NFL defense for total yards allowed, but are ranked #24 for points allowed at 27.33 per game (Seahawks are ranked #1 at 9.00). The Texans have a stout run defense and rank #9 for rushing yards allowed, which is not a surprise with defensive stars J.J. Watt and Brian Cushing.
The Texans offense is ranked #16 in scoring with 23.33 points per game (Seattle is ranked #4 at 28..67). The Texans and Seahawks are evenly matched at rushing yards per game. Seattle is ranked #8 and Houston is #9. The Texans and Seahawks are both tied for turnovers per game.
The Texans marquee wide receiver Andre Johnson has not been participating in practice this week due to a shin injury. It is unknown if he will be playing on Sunday.
The weather forecast calls for a high of 88 degrees with scattered thunder showers and lightening. The roof on Reliant Stadium should be closed and weather should not be a factor in the game.
Wining the battle at the line of scrimmage is going to be one of the keys to this game. Will Texans running backs Arian Foster and Ben Tate be able to get their game going against the stout Seahawks defensive front? Can Hawks running back Marshawn Lynch (#24) go beast mode against Watts and Cushing?
My main concern is with the Texans pass rush against a nicked up Seahawks offensive line. I have been having a reoccurring nightmare this week of J.J. Watt decapitating our beloved quarterback Russell Wilson (#3). I hope that offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell will use the proper schemes and tight end Zach Miller (#86) to minimize the risk of my nightmare becoming a reality.
I have a gut feeling that Schaub is going to make some mistakes in throwing the ball and the Legion of Boom will capitalize with interceptions.
I also want to know if the Seahawks pass rush is capable of putting pressure on Schaub without the 12th Man? This will be a big test for the defensive line on the road.