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Seahawks gameday box

Post by Todd Dybas / The News Tribune on Sep. 28, 2013 at 11:50 am with 16 Comments »
September 28, 2013 1:23 pm
Russell Wilson is likely to be on the move Sunday by choice or by necessity. / AP photo
Russell Wilson is likely to be on the move Sunday by choice or by necessity. / AP photo

From Dave Boling:


SEATTLE (3-0) at HOUSTON (2-1)

Kickoff: 10 a.m., Reliant Stadium

TV: Fox.

The series: Seattle and the Houston Texans have met twice, with each team winning on its home field. Houston won the last meeting, 34-7, on Dec. 13, 2009.

What to watch: This is the sixth time the Seahawks have started a season 3-0, the first since 2006. They have never been 4-0. They’ve won eight straight regular-season games, and nine of 10 including two post-season games. This is the first in a series of games that takes Seattle on the road four times in five weeks. The Seahawks (1) and Texans (2) are the top two teams in total defense (yardage). But the Texans are giving up 27.3 points per game, the Seahawks just 9. Houston quarterback Matt Schaub has had interceptions returned for touchdowns in successive games. The Seahawks have forced 10 turnovers, Houston just one. While the Seahawks are without Pro Bowl left tackle Russell Okung (toe) and possibly center Max Unger (triceps) and tackle Breno Giacomini (knee), the Texans also have two stars who were listed as questionable: Pro Bowl tackle Duane Brown and receiver Andre Johnson. Johnson is second in the NFL in receptions (25).

TNT pick: Seahawks, 24-17

Prime numbers

SEATTLE
No. Name (position) Ht./Wt./Year
24 Marshawn Lynch (RB) 5-11/215/seventh
This game could feature a duel between two of the game’s best rushers, Lynch and Houston’s Arian Foster.

3 Russell Wilson (QB) 5-11/209/second
With a makeshift offensive line, Wilson will need to get rid of the ball or be very evasive.

25 Richard Sherman (CB) 6-3/195/third
While Brandon Browner will also see time on Andre Johnson (if he’s active), it could be a great showdown if Sherman gets sicced on him.

31 Kam Chancellor (SS) 6-3/232/fourth
Houston TE Owen Daniels has three TDs this season. Chancellor could find himself in primary coverage.

54 Bobby Wagner (LB) 6-0/241/second
Houston’s rushing attack keyed by backs Arian Foster and Ben Tate, will challenge the Seattle front seven. Wagner will need to be sharp on his assignments.

HOUSTON
No. Name (position) Ht./Wt./Year
8 Matt Schaub (QB) 6-5/235/tenth
He’s been intercepted four times, with two being returned for touchdowns.

80 Andre Johnson (WR) 6-3/230/11
The veteran will challenge Seattle’s Legion of Boom secondary, but he’s been slowed by a concussion and a shin bruise, and was listed as questionable.

44 Ben Tate (RB) 5-11/217/fourth
While Arian Foster gets most of the attention, Tate has a better average, picking up 6.8 yards per carry.

99 J.J. Watt (DE) 6-5/289/third
Watt was the AFC Defensive Player of the Year with 20.5 sacks last season. He has three already this season and faces a make-shift Seahawks offensive line.

56 Brian Cushing (LB) 6-3/249/fifth
After missing most of last season with a knee surgery, he bounced backwith an interception return for a touchdown in the season opener.

Leave a comment Comments → 16
  1. I Bet J.J. Watt is closer to 6-5 than 5-6.

  2. With regard to the practice squad shuffle we’ve been seeing: I believe that I read on some link from the blog recently that when a team signs a player to the ps they have to pay them for a minimum amount of days/weeks even if they cut them sooner than that. If that’s true than maybe what we are seeing is a way for the Seahawks to keep more players close by and available. It seems like a good way to take advantage of P. A.’s deep pockets within the rules. It would allow the team to keep additional players ready to sign if needed while rewarding their loyalty with more money per days on the ps. Anyone agree?

  3. Every year there are one or two games that are either won or lost by Special Teams. This could very well be one of those games. If we can control the field position we might just pull out a victory.

    We’ll need stellar play by the defense, some nice punt coverage that pins the Texans inside their own 15 on multiple occasions, and some really good field position of our own. Toss in a plus margin in the turnover category and bring home the victory.

  4. nmseafan says:

    I am seeing picks from Schaub and strips of Foster.

  5. I just want to see them all play smart and tough, for the entire game – if they do I believe we will come out with a W – if not Houston is good enough to steal this one since it is on their home turf

  6. I’m excited to see if Bowie can ultimately “win” that RT spot. Only thing is that it would be nice to have Okung and Unger healthy while he tried. Oh well, make it happen rook!

  7. Bowie has size and we are hearing a lot of good stuff about him. If he does just ok in this game we will have another great find.

  8. montanamike2 says:

    Ok, i’ve been awake for over an hour as is usually the case on game day and no one has posted yet, i hate being the first but here goes.
    Nickle corner Brice McCain is not that good and the match up heavily favors Baldwin. I like that they are 1 injury away from being the Raiders, (sorry Todd). If we win this one then we run away with the division. I was pleasantly surprised that we get the Saints at home because i initially thought it was a road game. Another reason i hope we win is because after a loss, no matter how minimal, all the trolls show up. Sluggo or Georgia posted some pictures showing the difference between Wilson and Kap a couple days ago and it really illustrated the gangster and the choirboy, that was excellent. Go Hawks!!!

  9. montanamike2 says:
  10. GeorgiaHawk says:

    I look forward each morning montanamike2 to your posts. It’s a great way to start things out.

    Hopefully we will get more then 10 posts today and half of them won’t be mine.

    Go Hawks!

  11. Dave Boling says:

    Good morning, getting ready to head to the stadium. Hot and humid here when I got in last night. Gas in Houston is $2.95 a gallon.

    Chronicle says Andre Johnson will start, but after a concussion and a leg bruise in successive weeks, he’s not expected to be quite back to full speed. A good point was raised by veteran reporter John McClain … if the Texans couldn’t score a touchdown against Baltimore, what hope do they have against the best defense in the NFL? While everybody is looking at the possible Watt/Bowie matchup, another to consider is Antonio Smith vs. McQuistan on the other side of the line. He said Schaub’s pick-sixes on consecutive weeks have been the result of terrible reads by Schaub that were delivered right into defenders’ hands. (Legion of Boom salivating?)

  12. GeorgiaHawk says:

    I Know we have some issues with our pass protection but I think our run blocking is coming together.
    Check out some this blocking from last week.

    http://www.nfl.com/videos/seattle-seahawks/0ap2000000251504/Playbook-Seahawks-vs-Texans

  13. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Dave, are they still going by the 50/80 rule with regards to using the retractable roof down there?

    Meaning if it’s out of the 50 degree to 80 degree range they use to close the roof.

  14. MikeFromNewJersey says:

    Im just hoping were capable of moving the chains today. Zach Miller and the RB’s are going to be doing alot of pass blocking today. The Defense is going to have to do their thing today.

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