The Houston Texans Can Stop Russell Wilson

Russell Wilson

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The Houston Texans face the Seattle Seahawks this Sunday at noon on FOX at Reliant Stadium. The Texans enter the game having been humiliated by the Baltimore Ravens last week 30-9, and the Seahawks come to Houston after having shellacked the Jacksonville Jaguars 45-17 (so badly that Russell Wilson sat out part of the game). Many Houston fans are nervous about this game, and they definitely should be. But the “Seachickens” aren’t as scary as we’ve made them out to be.

Sure Seattle is one of the deepest teams in the NFLand they’ve already snagged 10 turnovers in just three games. Yes, they’ve won eight of their last nine going back to last season. But this is the NFL, and any team can beat any other team any week of the year. That’s what makes the NFL so compelling.

Head coach Pete Carroll has definitely done a great job of disguising the weaknesses of this team, but they are there. The biggest weakness I see (and the one Gary Kubiak and Wade Phillips are hopefully scheming for/against) is the offensive line.

The unit started out the 2013 season already a little thin — especially compared to the rest of the team — and now injuries to Pro Bowl tackle Russell Okung, Pro Bowl center Max Unger and right tackle Breno Giacomini could possibly rob them of most of their o-line starters. Okung is out for at least eight weeks after a torn ligament in his big toe, and Unger (triceps) and Giacomimi (knee) are game-time decisions.

Paul McQuistan has moved over from left guard to take Okung’s place, and now James Carpenter will start at left guard. So that means if Giacomini and Unger miss, only J.R. Sweezy would be starting in his normal role. Lemuel Jeanpierre would start at center for Unger, and rookie Michael Bowie would start for Giacomini.

This is a huge advantage for the Texans, as J.J. Watt, Earl Mitchell and Antonio Smith are one of the best defensive line combos in the league. If Giacomini and Unger go missing along with Okung, expect Phillips to continue his defensive pressure, as he’s led the league with 49 percent of dropbacks being rushed by at least five pass-rushers.

If all three of these guys miss, I’d say the Texans win this game, 24-17. If Giacomini and Unger start, the Seahawks win 35-24.

Cooper Welch is a Houston Texans writer for Follow him on Twitter @cooperwelch1991, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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  • Ron Grummer

    The O-line would be a problem if Wilson was only a pocket-passer and we were a pass-first and last team. But we all know that isn’t the case, even when our o-line starters are fully healthy. Instead, will be starting our rush line giving the Texans a heavy dose of Lynch, Michaels, and Turbin, with a lot of screens to Tate and a few deep shots to Kearse and WIlliams (probably more than a touch of Willson (TE) and Miller) just to keep y’all honest.
    You do realize that the Seattle Defense has scored 43 points over the last three games, don’t you? add in another 24 special teams points, and even without our offense which has scored 62 on their own, that still means an average of 22(non-offensive) points per game. At the same time, our team has held other teams to an average of nine points a game so far. IOW, even if our offense doesn’t score at all, the rest of our team is scoring twice as many points as the teams we’ve played.
    That said, this is probably the best shot at beating us this season.
    Go ‘Hawks!

  • Pacific Vacuum

    LOL wrong. Seachickens embarrassed them at home without said players. BOOM.