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By Dave Thomas

SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 22:  Running back Robert Turbin #22 of the Seattle Seahawks rushes against the Jacksonville Jaguars at CenturyLink Field on September 22, 2013 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

(Creidt, Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

The Houston Texans will look to bring the high-flying Seattle Seahawks back to earth when the two collide Sunday afternoon at Reliant Stadium.

After getting pretty much manhandled last Sunday afternoon in Baltimore by the defending Super Bowl champion Ravens (30-9), the Texans return home to face another stiff test, the 3-0 Seattle Seahawks.

Following a sluggish 12-7 road win at Carolina to open the season, Seattle (3-0) has been flying high ever since, defeating NFC West rival San Francisco (29-3) and last weekend running past the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars (45-19).

So, what can the Texans expect this Sunday after a tough loss in Baltimore, with a road trip to San Francisco to meet the defending NFC West champs the following weekend (Oct. 6)?

Seahawks Can Hurt You Several Ways

Seattle can hurt teams by going a number of ways. The Seahawks can play ground and pound with running back Marshawn Lynch and quarterback Russell Wilson, or they can air it out with Wilson having a deceptively strong cannon of an arm. Either way, Houston’s defense should be in for a solid test.

Entering the contest, the Texans have some question marks on the offensive side of the ball.

Left tackle Duane Brown saw limited practice time this week, as did star receiver Andre Johnson. Brown has been hampered by a toe injury, while Johnson is trying to fully recover from a bruised shin. Both suffered their most recent injuries in the loss to the Ravens.

Meantime, the Texans also have some question marks on the defensive side of the ball heading into Sunday’s important game, as corner backs Kareem Jackson and Jonathan Joseph both did not practice on Thursday. Jackson was listed as missing practice with an illness, while Joseph is trying to rebound from a sore toe.

In looking at this recent assortment of injuries, potentially not having both Brown and Johnson starting at their respective offensive positions could be key, as Seattle’s defense has held three opponents to a combined 29 points to date this season. The fact that the winless Jaguars have scored the most points against Seattle (19) should be taken with a grain of salt, given the Seahawks put 45 up on Jacksonville in last Sunday’s win.

Houston also could be hurt if both Jackson and Joseph are not 100 percent at their corner back spots, as Wilson threw for four touchdowns in last Sunday’s win.

The contest is a benchmark for both teams – Seattle looking to keep rolling and establishing itself as the team to beat in the NFC West – Houston trying to keep pace with both Indianapolis and surprising Tennessee, both of whom are also 2-1 at the moment.

Texans 9/26 injury report

Did not participate in practice

  • ILB Tim Dobbins Hamstring
  • CB Kareem Jackson Illness
  • CB Johnathan Joseph Toe
  • ILB Darryl Sharpton Hip/Foot

Limited participation

  • LT Duane Brown Toe
  • TE Owen Daniels Non-Injury/Rest*
  • TE Garrett Graham Hip/Groin
  • WR Andre Johnson Shin
  • FS Ed Reed Hip
  • LG Wade Smith Knee

Full participation

  • ILB Brian Cushing Knee/Ankle
  • RB Arian Foster Thumb
  • CB Brice McCain Knee
  • C Chris Myers Back
  • RT Derek Newton Knee/Calf
  • WR DeVier Posey Achilles
  • QB Matt Schaub Ankle
  • RB Ben Tate Shoulder

For more Houston Texans news and updates, visit Houston Texans Central.

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.

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