The Seattle Seahawks come into this game as heavy favorites against a hapless Houston team that has been in disarray all year. Seattle has extremely slim hopes of making the postseason again this year. But hey, there is still a chance currently.
Houston has problems on the field, off the field, and has little to play for other than pride. The Texans are 2-10 and aren’t going to the playoffs, of course, and will probably need a complete and long rebuild.
Here are three reasons for Seattle to have hope on Sunday in Week 14 as Seattle travels to Houston.
3 hopes for the Seattle Seahawks in Week 14
1. The Texans cannot score
The Seahawks have done a good job of keeping their opponents out of the end zone this season and holding teams to field goals. The Texans have been abysmal on offense this year and were shut out in their last game which they lost 31-0 to the Colts.
This lack of offensive production has caused coach David Culley to change quarterbacks this week as rookie Davis Mills will get the start over veteran Tyrod Taylor. Taylor led the Texans to their only two wins this season but has been dealing with a wrist injury he suffered against the Colts in week 13. The Texans currently rank last in the NFL in points per game averaging just 13.7 points.
2. The Texans are unable to stop the run
The Seahawks have had their struggles running the ball most of the season, but will get back Alex Collins from the injured list this week and Rashaad Penny is expected to get more carries. This appears to be the week for the Seahawks run game to take off, as the Texans are allowing 144.2 rushing yards per game which is the worst in the NFL.
The Texans also recently waived one of their best defensive players, linebacker Zach Cunningham, who was second on the team in tackles. If there was ever a game to “run the ball more” this would be the game.
3. The Texans season is over and they have only pride to play for
While the Seahawks still have a slim chance of making the playoffs, the Texans have already been mathematically eliminated from the playoffs. The Texans pitiful performance against the Colts in week 13, signals the team is completely dysfunctional. They cannot figure out who is best to lead the team on offense, which has led to another change at quarterback with Davis Mills starting this week.
They let go of one of their best defensive players Zach Cunningham because of a contract dispute, they traded away one of their best offensive weapons running back Mark Ingraham before the trade deadline and have not won a home game since week 1 against the Jaguars.
With the Texans struggling and Seattle in desperate need of a win to keep their slim hopes of a playoff birth alive, Seattle is in a good position coming into their game against Houston. The keys to the game will be to establish the run, take care of the ball, and take advantage of the Texans inexperienced quarterback. With all the challenges facing the Texans and Seattle returning key players on offense in Alex Collins and Damien Lewis, Sunday could be a big day for the Seahawks.