The Seattle Seahawks are coming off an impressive upset victory over the 49ers and are hoping to do something they have not done all season, win two in a row.
Their biggest challenges this week are avoiding a letdown, turning the ball over, and being less aggressive on defense. Here are three concerns for the Seahawks in Week 14:
1. The Seahawks could have a letdown
For Seattle getting up for the game against San Francisco was no problem because the opponent was a division rival and bragging rights were on the line. Now Seattle must face a Texans team that has struggled all year on both sides of the ball but has had the ability to surprise teams (just ask the Titans).
Seattle Seahawks have a few concerns in Week 14 versus the Texans
The Seahawks put everything on the line in their game against the 49ers and even pulled out a fake punt which went for a 73-yard touchdown run from Travis Homer. Can they replicate the same level of energy they had against the 49ers in their game this week against the Texans?
2. The Seahawks recent struggles with ball security
While Seattle’s defense forced three turnovers against the 49ers in week 13, the Seahawks offense also turned the ball over three times. Gerald Everett’s late-game fumble against the 49ers gave them a chance to drive down the field to tie the game. The Texans have not had much success this year but have been good at taking the ball away from their opponents.
They have taken the ball away from their opponents 21 times and are 7th in the league at creating turnovers. Will Seattle be better at taking care of the ball this week against a ball-hawking Texans defense?
3. The Seahawks need to keep up the intensity on defense
Seattle has been bringing the fire on defense these past two weeks against both Washington and San Francisco. They have forced four turnovers and sacked the quarterback three times over their last two games. While the Seahawks defense is still giving up too many yards (396.2 yards per game ranking 31st in the league), they are only giving up (20.8 points per game ranking 6th in the league).
However, the intensity needs to be as high as it was the past two weeks if they are going to keep a struggling Texans offense dormant this weekend. Can Seattle continue to generate turnovers and sacks against the Texans this weekend?
The biggest concern for the Seahawks this week appears to be a letdown performance following a big win over San Francisco. The Seahawks need to play with the same energy as last week, take care of the football, and create havoc for rookie quarterback Davis Mills to avoid an upset against an awful Texans team.