Legion of Boom take aim at rookie sensation, can the Seahawks bring De’Shaun back to earth?
In week 8, the Seattle Seahawks will have another big challenge to overcome. The Houston Texans and their young star quarterback De’Shaun Watson will visit Century Link for a Sunday afternoon battle.
Keys to Offense:
The Texans come in with the NFL’s third best rushing offense in yards per game. The running game by committee including De’Shaun Watson has amassed over 800 yds on the ground. Watson has also been efficient in the passing game, throwing 15 TDs and only 5 picks. It is unlikely that the young QB will have much success against the LOB, so the running game will be of premium importance. The Seahawks’ normally stout run defense has lapsed at times this season. If Houston keeps from going down early, they may be able to force a big run or two.
Slow starts have been the recurring theme this season for Seattle. The Seahawk offense has only managed to score 3 first half TDs so far, and not a single end zone trip in the first quarter of any game this season. If Seattle allows this matchup to come down to late game heroics, they may find themselves on the wrong end of a great game winning play.
Keys to Defense
Houston’s 2 best defensive players, JJ Watt and Whitney Mercilus, will not be on the field on Sunday. Fortunately for the Texans, Seattle’s offensive line is anything but impregnable. With the run game being virtually non-existent, getting pressure on Russell Wilson could render the Seahawks’ offense moot.
The Legion of Boom is playing as well as ever right now. Seattle has returned to a familiar place at the top spot in scoring defense and is showing no signs of stopping. Since 2012 the Seahawks have faced 17 quarterbacks in their first or second years. That group combined has a 71.8 quarterback rating. Stopping the many faces of the Texans running attack will be a top priority, forcing the game onto the shoulders of the young Texans QB.
No one on Houston’s defensive right side can guard Doug Baldwin. Expect Baldwin to be motioned inside-out and vice versa. We could be looking at NFC player of the week numbers from the fiery Baldwin.
Prediction: 31-14 Seahawks