Seahawks vs. Texans: Prediction and how to watch on Sunday

HOUSTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 29: Owen Daniels (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 29: Owen Daniels (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images) /

The Seahawks look to stay tied for first in the loss column on Sunday. The Texans have an excellent young quarterback. The game will be strangth against strenth. Here’s who wins.

The Seahawks defense has one big task on Sunday: Turn Deshaun Watson into a rookie again. The Texans quarterback has 15 touchdown passes and five interceptions on the season so far. Watson has had a quarterback rating of 103.4 or better in each of his last three games.

Houston has only allowed five sacks in the last three games. Plus, this week they get back their very good left tackle Duane Brown. To win, the Seahawks must get pressure on Watson. Seattle’s secondary is great, but no secondary is simply good enough to follow receivers around all day with no help from their defensive line.

Seattle has struggled with getting consistent pressure on quarterbacks, though. The Seahawks are 11th worst in the NFL in sack percentage.

The other issue is the Seahawks’ first half offense has been bad. Seattle is 30th in the NFL in first quarter points. They are 26th in second quarter points. In the first half, Seattle averages 6 points-per-game. Seattle is second and fifth, respectively, in points scored in the third and fourth quarters, though. Houston averages 15 points in first halves.

I think this trend continues. The Texans will ride a hot quarterback to a halftime lead of 17-6. The Seahawks start scoring in the third quarter but it is a bit too late.

Prediction: Houston 27 Seattle 24

Where, when and how to watch the Seahawks and Texans

When: Sunday, October 29th at 1:05 pm PT

Where: CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Washington, USA, the Earth

How to Watch:

TV: CBS (which is KIRO 7 in Seattle) and NFL Sunday Ticket with DirectTV

Stream: CBS All-Access

Announcers: Kevin Harlan and Rich Gannon

Online replayNFL Game Pass (with subscription)

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Listen: 710 ESPN Seattle and KIRO RADIO 97.3