TV Schedule: Sunday, Sept. 29, 1:00 p.m. ET, FOX
Stadium: Reliant Stadium
Weather: Low 90, High 73
Line: Seattle (-2.5)
The Seattle Seahawks are very close to being the best team in the NFL, if they aren’t already, this season. After a strong playoff run in 2012, many people started believing in Pete Carroll and the Seahawks. However, many questions about whether Russell Wilson could be the starter of the future for this team. However, he has shown emphatically that he is the man for the job and could be the best sophomore quarterback in the league along with Andrew Luck. The dual-threat quarterback has passed for 664 yards and six touchdowns this season, but has yet to get his run game off the ground, rushing for just 54 yards and no touchdowns. Marshawn Lynch leads the eighth-best rush offense in the league with 210 yards and two touchdowns with Wilson being the team’s second-leading rusher.
It’s been an up-and-down season thus far for the Houston Texans as they are coming into week four with a 2-1 record — they have one of the league’s top offenses. Matt Shaub has been solid through three games with 838 yards and six touchdowns, but his four interceptions are somewhat of a problem moving forward. However, with receivers like Andre Johnson and rookie DeAndre Hopkins leading the way, there’s no doubt that Shaub will never have a shortage of talent to throw to. Johnson has 258 yards receiving this year while Hopkins has 243 and a score. Arian Foster and Ben Tate have split carries through three weeks and they combine for 374 yards and a touchdown.
Defensively, the Seahawks are the best unit in the NFL — there’s no doubt about it. They rank first in nearly every defensive category except for rush yards allowed which bodes well for the Tate-Foster duo. Seattle has only allowed an average of nine points per game. Houston has one of the top-10 defenses in the league yardage-wise, but they allowed a 24th-ranked 27 points per game.
PREDICTION: Seahawks 21, Texans 27