Week 4: Seattle Seahawks vs. Houston Texans

Off to a 3-0 start, the Seattle Seahawks will travel to Houston to take on the Texans this Sunday. The game will mark the second of four consecutive matchups with the AFC South division. The Texans, Colts, and Titans still remain on the Hawks schedule. Although the Seahawks were able to have a dominant performance against the Jags, they will find the Houston Texans a much more challenging and strong opponent. The Texans are arguably the best team in the AFC South, so this Sunday’s game is guaranteed to be a tougher battle for the Hawks. In order to have success against the Texans, the Hawks will have to continue their ability to pass efficiently and run effectively.

The Houston Texans passing defense is second in the league in passing yards allowed, right behind the Seahawks. Overall, the Texans defense is balanced and has decent success stopping the run, they rank 9th in rushing yards allowed. Also, the Texans offense is top 10 in both passing and rushing yards categories. The Texans’ main weakness, lies in their special teams, which has allowed 12 more points than anyone else in the league. Look for punt returner Golden Tate to rack up significant yardage and possibly find the end zone on Sunday.

Facing a balanced Texans team, the Hawks will attempt to carry over their success from their last two home games. Duplicating such success should be harder than usual against the Texans. Along with T Russell Okung’s injury, two other starting offensive linemen are likely out for the Hawks. Both T Breno Giacomini and C Max Unger are listed as doubtful this week.  The absence of three starting offensive lineman is a concern, but it could be a potential non-issue, as they face a very banged up Texans team. The Texans’ starting corners and WR Andre Johnson are all listed as questionable on Sunday. If the Hawks can overcome injury and manage the Texans defense, they should be able to win.

In order to have success, the Seahawks O-Line has to be able to stop the Texans D-Line, specifically J.J. Watt. If they can contain J.J. Watt, the Hawks will likely pull out another win on the road. Sunday’s game is the first of a long period of away games and it’s important that the Hawks win so they can prove that they can have success away from home against tough teams.

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