Seahawks @ Texans
This is one of the must-watch games of the week featuring the elite from each conference. Seattle leaves the 12th man undefeated and evidently playing the best football, and they travel to face a Houston team looking to bounce back from a beating against the reigning champions (Ravens). These teams have high expectations and could very well have a second showdown in the big game when all is etched in stone.
We don’t know if Texans Receiver Andre Johnson can stay healthy, but if he does they have a well-balanced offensive attack. DeAndre Hopkins is the rookie on the other side that stretches the field for that elusive rushing duo. As for their counterpart, the Seahawks are taking care of the football, harassing every offense they come across, and pile on the points,
They might not throw too often but when they do, quarterback Russell Wilson is poised and making all the right decisions. They will continue to lean on the strengths of that offensive line and running back Marshawn Lynch. They have the pleasure of game-planning against J.J. Watt and an elite defense in their own right. This will be the toughest challenge this season for the top-ranked Seahawks’ defense. The loss of elite left tackle Russell Okung should reflect this Sunday but personally, I can’t wait to see the added dimension of receiver Percy Harvin to the offense around mid-season.
Running backs Arian Foster, Ben Tate, and the linemen face the best defense in the league. They will be leaned on as usual, in hopes of setting up the playaction to beat Seattle over the top and alleviate pressure in the box. Signal caller Matt Schaub has to show that he’s the veteran game-manager and not his sophomore counterpart.
It might not matter where the Seahawks play this year because they are on a mission, but losing a left tackle is a big deal and Wade Phillips of the Texans has been known to be a top defensive coordinator for years. Houston allowed last week to get away from them and they do that every handful of games. I don’t like coming into this one with a banged up Andre Johnson, All Pro Cornerback Richard Sherman is a tough matchup when you’re 100%. Seahawks escape to stay undefeated 20-16.