Seattle Seahawks vs. Houston Texans: Super Bowl Preview?

By Todd Pheifer
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I know what you are going to say. It is a bit too early to be talking about the Seattle Seahawks as the NFC representation in Super Bowl XLVIII. Nevertheless, projections is what we do in the sports world and right now, the ‘Hawks look like a good candidate for a deep playoff run.

On the other side of the ball, the Houston Texans believe that they are also a contender. Ed Reed called this game a possible Super Bowl preview, so why can’t the fans?

Obviously the Denver Broncos and the Baltimore Ravens might have something to say about that, particularly since Peyton Manning and the Broncos are 3-0. In addition, the Ravens just took care of business against the Texans in Week 3 by a score of 30-9.

The NFC is also not going to just lie down and let Seattle roll into the Super Bowl. Despite some struggles this season, the San Francisco 49ers may get it together by the end of the year. Seattle may also need to contend with teams like the Chicago Bears and the resurgent New Orleans Saints.

If you asked Russell Wilson or Marshawn Lynch right now, they would probably say that they are focusing on the next game, and the next game only. This is not the time to look ahead to the Super Bowl.

Yet, scouting is part of football, so there is some wisdom in filing away a few thoughts about an in-season opponent. If the Seahawks are going to see the Texans again this season, it will be in New York.

Too early to get excited about the Super Bowl? Never.

Todd Pheifer covers the Seattle Seahawks for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @tpheifer, “Like” him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google+.

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