Coming off a disappointing loss to the Baltimore Ravens, the Houston Texans now look to tame one of the hottest teams in the NFL this week facing off against the Seattle Seahawks.
The Texans are tied for the lead in the AFC South and can’t afford to lose this game. The Seahawks are fresh off blowout victories against the San Francisco 49ers and Jacksonville Jaguars, and will be looking to implement the same game plan they had the last two weeks.
Physical football is what the Seahawks pride themselves on, and the Texans will have quite a task trying to beat the Seahawks at their own game this week. Getting after Seattle QB Russell Wilson and creating turnovers will be keys this week as the Texans play the Seahawks at Reliant Stadium in Houston.
Players to watch on Offense:
Matt Schaub: If the Texans are going to have any chance at winning this game, QB Matt Schaub will have to play much better this week. Schaub has struggled with turning the ball over already in this early season. Of the 4 INT’s he’s thrown, 2 have been returned for defensive scores, and another led to a TD on the very next play. Schaub has to make better decisions this week. He’ll have to make sure he’s not just keyed on one WR against this aggressive Seahawks secondary.
Arian Foster: The Texans will need a big game from their Pro Bowl RB this week. Keeping Russell Wilson and that Seahawks offense off the field and tiring out the Seattle defense will be the goal this week. If Foster can get going it’ll also open up some play action opportunities for the Texans. Using play action could neutralize the Seahawks’ pass rush and open up some big plays down field for Houston this week. Foster has yet to eclipse 100 yards rushing this season, and this would be a great game for him to put this team on his back and carry them to a victory.
Players to watch on defense:
Brian Cushing: The Seattle Seahawks run the read option as part of their offensive scheme. The Texans will have to be quick about identifying who’s got the ball on defense.
ILB Brian Cushing could be the key to stopping this Seahawks attack. Cushing has shown he has great ball instincts, and they’ll be needed early and often. Containing the rushing attack of the Seahawks would be a huge help to this defense. The more Russell Wilson has to drop back and pass the better chance the Texans defense will have at big plays.
JJ Watt: Watt has the ability to be a factor on defense in more than one part of the game. If he’s not able to get to the QB he has the ability to get his hands up and tip passes on a pretty regular basis if he’s not game planned for. Watt also has a knack for finding RB’s behind the line of scrimmage as well. He’s already gotten 2 sacks and 3 deflected passes this season. With Watt facing an opponent he’s never faced there’s a good chance he makes some plays this week, and the Texans will need each and every one.