Cliff Notes – STAYING ALIVE: Seahawks-Texans preview & prediction

by Cliff Gibson
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Sunday’s game isn’t exactly “must-see TV,” but with a minuscule 3% percent chance of making the playoffs, there’s still reason to tune in for the Seattle Seahawks trip to Houston to face the Texans. Who I believe to be the absolute worst team in the NFL.

Of course, losing in Houston puts an end to any postseason chances Seattle had left. With the momentum carried over from last week’s win over San Francisco, this should be a win and a rather resounding one. There’s no excuse for the ‘Hawks to lose this game. NO EXCUSE.

Preview

Russell Wilson could be in line for a monster day in Houston against a defense ranked DEAD LAST against the run. Ranking 28th in yards allowed and 30th in points allowed, it’s time for Russ to cook again. Throw it to DK Metcalf, throw it to Tyler Lockett and then throw it some more. (Just don’t throw it to Gerald Everett, please.)

Seattle’s defense could also be in for a big day against a Texans offense ranked DEAD LAST in yards gained. Ranking 31st in passing, last in rushing, and last in scoring at just 13.7 points per game. It should come as no surprise that Houston (2-10 overall) is the first and only team to be mathematically eliminated from the playoffs. They simply have nothing left to play for.

The Texans are so bad, they’ve been shut out twice (including last week’s 31-0 home loss against Indianapolis), held to 5 points or less in four games, and failed to reach double digits in six contests. This game should be a gimme for the Seahawks, right? 

WRONG.

Prediction

If recent history has taught us anything, it’s that the Seahawks are anything but predictable. Even with everything on their side this weekend, there’s still plenty of reason to hold reservations on optimism. I don’t think Seattle will slip up here, but it won’t be the runaway many think it should be.

Cliff’s Pick — Seahawks 24, Texans 17

This post was initially published in The Cliff Notes by CSN contributor Cliff Gibson.

 

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