By Dave Thomas
After what amounted to essentially a dismantling this past Sunday at the hands of the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens (30-9) on the road, the Houston Texans look to rebound Sunday against the visiting Seattle Seahawks.
While the Texans were suffering their first defeat of the season in Baltimore, the Seahawks were soaring to their straight win of the season, a 45-19 pasting of the Jacksonville Jaguars at home. The win followed a decisive 29-3 defeat a week earlier of defening NFC Champion and rival San Francisco.
In the win over Jacksonville in the Pacific Northwest Sunday afternoon, the NFC West leading Seahawks rolled up nearly 500 yards of total offense, not to mention 28 first downs.
Houston Needs to Focus on Wilson
As usual, starting quarterback Russell Wilson led the Seahawks, tallying four TD passes on the day (two to Sidney Rice, two to Zach Miller), while backup quarterback Tarvaris Jackson passed for one and also rushed for one.
Wilson, who has quietly established himself as one of the better quarterbacks in the NFL, finished his afternoon 14-of-21 for 202 yards. While showing off his arm since coming into the NFL, Wilson has also demonstrated that he’s one of the better running quarterbacks around. Running back Marshawn Lynch paced the Seattle rushing attack with 69 yards on 17 carries.
Defensively, Seattle was led by free safety Earl Thomas with five tackles, though the Jaguars are hardly the most pressing offense the Seahawks will face during the 2013 campaign.
Can Texans Re-energize the Offense?
With that in mind, the Texans will look to re-energize their offense, this after being held to a mere nine points against a Baltimore team that had been blown out by Denver in its opener, then struggled the following weekend against a mediocre Cleveland squad.
Although Houston out-gained (total yards) the Ravens (264-236 total yards) and held the ball a little over a minute more than Baltimore did, the best it could do was three Randy Bullock field goals (27, 29, 47 yards). More than likely, a similar performance will not get it done when the Seahawks come to town.
In its first two games (both wins), the Texans scored 31 and 30 points, respectively. Given that the Seahawks are certainly capable of putting points on the board (though they are not the top quick strike team in the NFL), Houston will need to be able to match Wilson’s offensive skill capabilities.
The match up with the Seahawks is the middle of a tough three-game stretch for the defending AFC South champions.
After getting Seattle at home in Reliant Stadium this Sunday, the Texans travel to San Francisco for a prime time contest the following Sunday with the 49ers.
Houston and Seattle have only met twice before, with the Texans rolling to a 34-7 victory in 2009.
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Dave Thomas has been covering the sports world since his first job as a sports editor for a weekly newspaper in Pennsylvania back in 1989. He has covered a Super Bowl, college bowl games, MLB, NBA and more. His work can be found on Examiner.com.