A defensive battle

 

Written by: Carl Hoglin

This Sunday, the 3-0 Seattle Seahawks roll into Houston to battle the 2-1 Texans.

Two unrelenting defenses taking it out on opposing offenses, which one will stand the beating?  Which team has enough depth to outlast the struggle that will ensue on Sunday?  Will Seattle remain undefeated, or will Houston add another notch to the win column?

Houston and Seattle have only played twice after the Oilers left and the Texans were formed.  Each team has managed to best the other on their home fields respectively.  Seattle trounced Houston 42-10 in a 2005 meeting between the teams.  Houston bludgeoned Seattle 34-7 in the latest meeting in 2009.

Kam Chancellor forced a Frank Gore fumble, somehow the Seahawks didn't come up with the ball.

2012 Kam Chancellor forced a Frank Gore fumble, somehow the Seahawks didn’t come up with the ball. Photo by Brett Bivens

The last meeting in 2009 featured some of the key players that Houston has managed to build a team around.  The only players still playing for the Seahawks since then are: Brandon Mebane, Max Unger, Red Bryant, and Jon Ryan.

This will be a huge struggle between two powerhouse defenses.  In three games for both defenses, Seattle ranks first in yards per game, while Houston ranks second.  The Seahawks have managed to only surrender 27 total points on defense, while 17 of those came while the second team was on the field versus Jacksonville.  Seattle gave up 7 points to Carolina, and 3 points to San Francisco.

Houston has given up 82 points.  28 to San Diego, 24 to Tennessee, and 30 to Baltimore.

Seattle is allowing only 146.7 passing yards per game (1st), while Houston is allowing 157.7 (2nd).  Houston is averaging only 91.3 rushing yards on defense (9th), whereas Seattle is allowing 95 (12th).  Both Seattle and Houston have managed to pile up 8 sacks already this season.  Seattle has managed to pick off opposing QB’s 5 different times, while Houston has only managed 1 pick so far this season.

Both Seattle and Houston will have problems moving the ball against these stout defenses.

Marshawn Lynch went "Beastmode" for 124-yards Sunday.  Photo by Brett Bivens

Marshawn Lynch . Photo by Brett Bivens

Leading their respective offenses, Russell Wilson, and Matt Schaub will have to both be on their games in order to succeed.  Wilson is 47/73 for 664 yards with 6 touchdowns and 2 interceptions.  Schaub is 85/128 for 838 yards with 6 touchdowns and 4 interceptions.  Both teams have amazing backs in Marshawn Lynch and Arian Foster.  Lynch has rumbled 210 yards on 62 carries, and Foster has steamrolled 190 yards on 49 carries.

Seattle is managing 28.7 points per game putting up an average of 379 yards per game (247 passing, 132 rushing).  Houston is averaging 388 yards per game(259 passing, 128 rushing).

Both teams have outstanding receivers, the Texans in Andre Johnson and DeAndre Hopkins, while the Seahawks have Sidney Rice and Golden Tate.

Any one of these players, on any given Sunday, can make or break a game.

Gary Kubiak and Pete Carroll have built highly respectable teams.

  • Time managing Quarterbacks with powerhouses at Running Back.
  • Big sure-handed receivers that can fly down the field.
  • Complete total offenses that can light up any defense not full in tune.
  • Strong, unrelenting defenses that can play lights out against any offense, any given game.

Either side of the ball for either team can take control and tilt the tables for their respected team.  This game will boil down to who was better on the field, who wins each battle will win the final battle.

Are Houston’s receivers bigger than Seattle’s cornerbacks?  Can Seattle’s defensive line hold Arian Foster?  Can Russell Wilson escape JJ Watt and his teammates on the defense?