Seahawks at Texans: Live Game Grades and Analysis for Seattle
The Seahawks were down 20-3, but fought back with strong play on defense and utilized the ground game to eek out a victory in overtime. The win marks the first time in franchise history that the Seattle Seahawks have started a season 4-0 and keeps them two games ahead in the NFC West.
Texans - 20
Seahawks - 23
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vs. Texans Week 4
Pass Offense: The passing game never got going today. Russell Wilson finished with just 123 passing yards on 10 completions to six different receivers and an interception. The Seahawks struggled to block all day and allowed five sacks and five tackles for a loss. The injury woes along the offensive line played a major role in the poor pass protection today, but even with the starters in this unit has been an issue for Seattle.
Run Offense: Since Wilson was never able to make anything happen through the air, he joined Marshawn Lynch in moving the ball with his legs. The team's first fourth-quarter touchdown drive went for 98 yards, with Wilson rushing for 53 of them. Marshawn Lynch finished with 143 total yards (98 rushing, 45 receiving) and a touchdown. He remains the team's only reliable offensive threat this year. Wilson added 73 yards of his own on the day.
Pass Defense: The Seahawks secondary re-emerged after pulling a no-show in the first half. Richard Sherman intercepted a horrendous pass by Matt Schaub, returning it 58 yards for a game-tying touchdown. Seattle started to put more pressure on the quarterback and it showed in Schaub's decision-making. Seattle finished with four sacks, 12 QB hits, six tackles for losses and nine passes defended. Still, Houston finished with 355 yards passing, with Andre Johnson leading the way with nine receptions for 110 yards.
Run Defense: Again, the Seahawks defense made a return to form in the later stages of the game and were able to better manage the Texans offense. The Texans were held to 53 yards rushing after the first half, rarely finding any significant room to run.
Special Teams: In a game as close as this one, Jon Ryan's 45.3-yard average on punts made a huge difference in determining field position. Golden Tate made a 32-yard punt return in overtime to set up the offense for the game-winning field goal from Steven Hauschka. Hauschka made both of his field goal attempts in the game, and Seattle needed both of them.
Coaching: The coaching staff did a great job of making adjustments on both sides of the ball at the half. The passing game was largely non-existent, but the made a point of getting Russell Wilson out of the pocket and moving the sticks with his legs. On defense, the Seahawks simply stayed true to their system and started making plays. This was a tremendous all-around effort for the Seahawks, showing resilience in a game that looked as though it could get out of hand.
Pass Offense: The Seahawks have been largely ineffective through the first half. Their porous offensive line came into the game down three starters and have struggled with the Texans' front seven. Russell Wilson has only attempted five passes, but has been sacked twice and hit several other times. The offense's best play came on a pass interference call early in the first quarter. The offensive line will need to give Wilson more time to throw or they'll be forced to take a more one-dimensional approach.
Run Offense: Marshawn Lynch has had a few "Beast Mode" moments—most notably a 43-yard run on a drive that eventually stalled out—but he has also fumbled the ball. With the passing game showing no signs of life, Lynch has been involved in 88 percent of Seattle's offensive plays. So far only the Texans defense has lived up to its billing.
Pass Defense: Matt Schaub has thrown for 226 yards, two touchdowns and an interception on 17-of-27 passing. Andre Johnson, who was a game-time decision to start this week, has racked up five catches for 66 yards, while No. 2 tight end Garrett Graham has four grabs for 69 yards and a touchdown. The Texans appear to have the Seahawks secondary off-balance and as a result of Seattle's inability to consistently put pressure on the quarterback.
Run Defense: The Seahawks have been hurt by the Texans just as badly on the ground. Arian Foster and Ben Tate have combined for 98 yards rushing for an average of 5.2 yards per carry, to go along with 50 yards receiving and a touchdown reception for Foster. The Seahawks front four have been pushed back at the point of attack regularly and have shown no signs of solving the issue.
Special Teams: Jon Ryan has averaged 49.3 yards per punt—a huge improvement over previous weeks—and Steven Hauschka nailed a 48-yard field goal in the first quarter. The Seahawks got lucky after an ill-advised kickoff return by Jeremy Lane resulted in a fumble. The ball slipped through several hands, but ended up back in Seattle's possession.
Coaching: The Seahawks do not appear to have the intensity they've shown leading up to this week. Perhaps they're experiencing a hangover after their drubbing of the Jaguars in Week 3, or maybe the injuries to the offensive line have made it more difficult than expected to move the ball on offense. Pete Carroll will need to figure out a way to get the ball out of Russell Wilson's hands quicker and get the passing game going.
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