Seahawks vs. Texans: Takeaways from Seattle's 23-20 Overtime Win over Houston
The Seattle Seahawks are perfect through four games for the first time in franchise history. To get there, they had to overcome playing poorly for most of the game and come back on the road to beat a good Houston Texans team 23-20 in overtime.
The win wasn't pretty, but it was a win. Sometimes teams have to win ugly, and that was certainly the case today for the Seahawks.
So while the Seahawks celebrate, here are eight takeaways from today's game.
The Seahawks Can Win Ugly
Very few things worked for Seattle in this game. Wilson threw for just 123 yards. The running game was mostly stuffed other than one big 43-yard run by Marshawn Lynch. They didn't have a third-down conversion until the third quarter.
And yet everyone is now talking about a Seahawks victory.
The Seahawks found a way to pull this game out. Russell Wilson used his legs to ignite the offense. Richard Sherman returned an interception for a touchdown, and the defense dug in and got stops when they had to.
It wasn't pretty, but the Seahawks won anyway.
Russell Wilson Can Carry This Team
The Seahawks were missing three starters on the offensive line, and it showed. At halftime, Wilson had attempted just five passes, and on all five he'd been under pressure. He had also been hit on three of those passes. By the end of the game, it was only slightly better.
With the offense struggling to get anything going, and with time running out, Wilson decided to take the game over. He used his legs to change the game and engineered a 14-play, 98-yard drive for the team's only offensive touchdown.
#Seahawks QB Russell Wilson finished the game 12-23 for 123 yards, 1 INT and a rating of 49.7. More importantly, his 10-77, rushing.— Liz Mathews 710 ESPN (@Liz_Mathews) September 29, 2013
Time to Retire the Seattle "Road Woes" Storyline
The Seahawks have now won five of their last six road games dating back to last season, with the only loss in that stretch coming to Atlanta in the playoffs when the Seahawks had a lead with 34 seconds remaining on the clock.
The Seahawks' "road struggles" happened when they were still a rebuilding team, and they struggled in almost every game. That clearly isn't the case anymore. This is a good team that can win anywhere.
Richard Sherman Just Makes Plays
Richard Sherman didn't have his best game. He dropped an easy interception, gave up receptions and yards in an uncharacteristic manner and let Andre Johnson eclipse 100 yards receiving.
Sherman also took an interception back for a touchdown that tied the game late in the fourth quarter.
On a day when Sherman wasn't at his best, he still managed to have the largest impact of any defensive player on the field for the Seahawks.
Don't Underestimate the Importance of Steven Hauschka
Steven Hauschka added three more field goals this week, including the game-winner in overtime. He remains perfect on the year, connecting on all seven of his FG attempts and all 11 of the PATs.
Hauschka was the only offense the Seahawks had going for them for much of the game. The Seahawks needed him to be perfect to have a shot at coming back to win, and he was.
The Seahawks Need a New TE
The Seahawks finished the game with six penalties for 85 yards. That's not a bad total, but the real problem is that three of them were by one player.
TE Kellen Davis, plays a very limited role as the team's third TE, so three penalties is simply awful. His play in this game left many wondering how much longer he was going to hold on to his spot on the roster.
Kellen Davis might not have a job next week.— Derek Stephens (@DStephensScout) September 29, 2013
Clinton McDonald Is Earning His Playing Time
The Seahawks released Clinton McDonald when rosters were cut down to 53 before the start of the season. He was re-signed just before the Seahawks took on the 49ers in Week 2 when the Seahawks found themselves shorthanded on the defensive line. McDonald has responded by being a huge part of the pass defense for the Seahawks.
With Michael Bennett out with a second-quarter injury, McDonald stepped up and played well. He was a huge part of the Seahawks shutting out the Texans in the second half by getting pressure up the middle on Matt Schaub.
McDonald has 2.5 sacks in his three games since returning to the team and was a huge part of today's victory.
Clinton McDonald has been terrific as a rotational player for Seattle since re-signing before Week 2.— Curtis Crabtree (@Curtis_Crabtree) September 29, 2013
Michael Bennett's Injury Not Serious
It was a scary sight for the Seahawks: Defensive tackle Michael Bennett strapped to a board and being carted off the field on his way to the hospital. Everyone was fearing the worst, but it turned out not to be a serious injury.
Carroll said Michael Bennett has a strained back muscle. Said doesn't know what that means for next week, but he's "fine."— Liz Mathews 710 ESPN (@Liz_Mathews) September 29, 2013
Bennett was back in the locker room after the game and celebrating with his teammates. He'll fly home with the team and be re-evaluated during the week to determine how much time he'll miss.