A big problem for the Houston Texans this season, despite the positive record, has been their turnovers and inability to force them out of opponents, which means it isn’t the best things they get to clash with the Seattle Seahawks, one of the best in the league in keeping the ball and taking it from their rivals.
The Seahawks have forced 10 turnovers this defense through their Richard Sherman-led defense; 5 interceptions and five fumbles they’ve recovered. The Texans have forced only two this season while turning the ball over five times, which doesn’t put them in the most comfortable of positions heading into the game against the undefeated Seahawks.
Russell Wilson is a very different quarterback in terms of risk taking and looking for big plays when he’s playing away from home, but he still is quite efficient almost anytime he takes the field: He has a passer rating of 109.6 this season so far, completing 64.4% of his passes. Seattle might be mostly a team that relies on running, but without Wilson avoiding mistakes most of the time, they wouldn’t be so successful.
The Texans have a lot less certainty in their quarterback Matt Schaub in terms of what will be his mistake counter at the end of a contest. Schaub has already thrown four interceptions this season, at least one in each of the first three games. He is completely different in terms of production when Andre Johnson takes the field, but right now there’s a very good chance that the best receiver in franchise history will sit out for another game, leaving DeAndre Hopkins, a rookie, as Schaub’s main option.
The Texans are a running team, but Arian Foster hasn’t been efficient this season so far with only 3.9 yards per carry. Ben Tate isn’t getting as much usage as Foster, but he’s gotten to 184 in almost half the number of carries Foster has, which means it’s time to do some more ball sharing for Houston.
Seattle continue to rely on their running game, averaging 133 yards per game on the ground, and having Marshawn Lynch looking for his first 100-yard game of the season might mean he’ll be in an even more aggressive mode than usual.
Prediction – The Texans are a good team, but with a ceiling. On the other side, the Seahawks have the kind of defense than enables their efficient offense to make it through tough road games and remain undefeated.