Tomorrow morning the Seahawks will face off against the Texans in Houston. The Hawks are poised to write franchise history by being the first team to go 4-0 at the start of the season.
Last spring after the schedule was released, I imagine a lot of 12’s believed this game could easily result in a loss. The Texans are an all around talented team with recent playoff appearances. They have fantasy football stars Arian Foster and Andre Johnson. Their defense is manned by studs like J.J. Watt (2012 NFL Defensive Player of the Year) and Brian Cushing. And of course, the Hawks will have to face the “dreaded” 10:00 a.m. kickoff time.
The task at hand before the Hawks has become even more challenging. Our pro-bowl left tackle Russell Okung (#76) is on injured reserve with turf toe. Pro-bowl center Max Unger (#60) and starting right tackle Breno “the big Russian” Giacomini (#68) are both game day decisions due to recent injuries suffered in last week’s game against the Jaguars.
Rookie Michael Bowie (#73) who was a 7th round draft pick will more than likely be the “next man up” come Sunday morning. Lemuel Jean-Pierre who is a fourth year veteran will need to step into Unger’s role as the quarterback of the offensive line.
The game is going to be hard fought. Only because the Seahawks and Pete Carroll aren’t going to roll over and give into the belief that all of the above-mentioned disadvantages are going to allow history to repeat itself. The Hawks will focus on playing their game, and take it “one play at a time” as quarterback Russell Wilson (#3) likes to preach, and good things will follow.
The Hawks defense spearheaded by the Legion of Boom will be on a mission to attack the Texans offense with speed, surprise, and overwhelming violence. The defense will wreak havoc on Texans quarterback Matt Schaub through their pass rush and secondary coverage. I expect the defense to be the major factor in the game at the end of the day.
The wildcard tomorrow will be the Hawks special teams. Watch for wide receiver Golden Tate (#81) to take one to the house in Reliant Stadium off a punt return.
My prediction will be a Hawks victory over the Texans with a score of 20 to 17 and a new chapter will be recorded in the annals of Seahawks history.