Seattle Seahawks vs. Houston Texans Matchup Preview (12/12/21): Betting Odds, Depth Charts, Live Stream (Watch Online)
Seattle Seahawks vs. Houston Texans Matchup Preview (12/12/21)
The AFC is taking on the NFC this week in what should give the Seattle Seahawks a chance to pull themselves out of such a lopsided losing record. They head south to take on the struggling Houston Texans who sit at 2-10 on the year. We have seen both teams struggle tremendously this year, but especially Houston, who got blown out by the Colts last week 31-0 and cannot seem to figure out the inconsistencies at their quarterback position. The Seahawks have been the most frustrating team to watch all year long, however last week against the 49ers, they showed up to play for the first time in a long time. They have now beat the 49ers in seventeen of their last twenty matchups. This is a good opportunity for them to get on a two-game winning streak after snapping their losing streak last week. It is likely too late for them to make any sort of a postseason run but they could definitely put some wins in the win column and improve their reputation in the league.
Seattle Seahawks vs. Houston Texans Betting Odds
The Seahawks are the 8.5-point favorite in this cross-conference matchup, and they should cover this considering that the Texans allow the third-most points against them this year, while the Seahawks have managed to allow one of the fewest point totals against them this year despite having a struggling defense. The Seahawks are 6-6 against the spread this year and 3-1 in non-conference games which bodes well for them, while the Texans are 5-7 at covering this year and have struggled to put points on the board. The point total for this game is 43.5 which seems generous given that the Seahawks have only hit the over twice this year and the Texans have hit the under in their last four games. I think with the momentum from last week’s win combined with Houston’s poor execution on both sides of the ball, the Seahawks should be able to win this with a degree of confidence.
My prediction: Seahawks win 27-7, Seahawks cover, under 43.5
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Time: 1:00 PM ET
Location: NRG Stadium – Houston TX
TV Coverage: FOX
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Seattle Seahawks Analysis
Why is it that the Seahawks only like to lock in when they play San Francisco? Poor 49ers. They finally looked decent last week for the first time in too long – Russell Wilson threw his best game since returning from surgery and had a completion rate of 81%, his highest completion rate of the season, pre and post-surgery. But his offensive line still hasn’t figured it out – they allowed four sacks on him last week which makes it 39 on the season.
Tyler Lockett has emerged as their top performing receiver and is on the cusp of joining Steve Largent in the record books as a Seahawks receiver reaching 1,000 receiving yards for three consecutive seasons. Him and DK Metcalf have each been targeted 84 times this season and though Metcalf has had a quieter season than we’ve seen in years past, this receiver combination has a combined 12 touchdowns on the year.
Adrian Peterson made his Seattle debut last week and tallied his first touchdown for the franchise, making up for Alex Collins, who didn’t play and is listed as questionable for return this week. Against a weak Texans defense, Peterson could get comfortable this week and put some more points up. This offense still has much ground to cover though, even against the Texans. They average just 298 total yards per game which is the second-least in the league, ahead of none other than the Houston Texans. These two offenses also account for the two teams with the least first downs per game.
But the biggest news of the week wasn’t their win, it was the loss of Jamal Adams, who is third in the team in tackles and has been huge for their secondary this year. He will be out for the rest of the season with a shoulder injury which leaves it to Ryan Neal to fill his shoes alongside Quandre Diggs who is leading their team in interceptions. Bobby Wagner and Jordyn Brooks continue to be lethal, combining for over 250 tackles this season. Despite having these threats, they give up more passing yards and allow more first downs than any team in the league. Somehow they have managed to keep one of the lowest point totals against them this year.
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Houston Texans Analysis
Last week was tough for this team. They got blown out by the Colts after not finding any sort of stride offensively. They eventually benched Tyrod Taylor in the third quarter for Davis Mills and it remains to be seen who will start this week and while Mills has proved that he is probably the more reliable option as a passer, he has no ability to run the ball. It will be interesting to see what they are able to pull off against a Jamal Adam-less defense that struggles to defend the passing game.
It’s hard to believe that this team beat the Tennessee Titans in week 11 considering they have lost nine out of their last ten games. They have virtually no serious running threat and are last in the league in total rushing yards and total yards, while they’re second to last in passing yards. This offense averages just 13.7 points per game and is centered around a struggling offensive line that has two starting tackles on the injured reserve. Their main target is Brandin Cooks who’s averaging 61.4 yards per game and is targeted three times as much as their player with the second most yards this season, Chris Conley. The Seahawks will protect against Cooks for sure especially because they expose the passing game so much in their defense, and Adams won’t be there to help out like he usually can. I’d expect to see David Johnson, who is their second most-targeted player, to be targeted more this week. As a running back, he has proved that he can catch the ball too tallying 214 receiving yards and a receiving touchdown.
Defensively they have the most rushing yards against them which is grounds for defensive breakdowns against Peterson, Rashaad Penny, and Homer, who had a combined 131 yards and two touchdowns against a much better 49ers defense. Jonathon Greenard does have 8 sacks which could be bad for Wilson against a weak offensive line and Kamu Grugier-Hill leads the team in tackles.
Houston Texans Depth Chart
Seattle Seahawks vs. Houston Texans Daily Fantasy Picks
Adrian Peterson or DK Metcalf would be good picks for fantasy this week. This is a good game for Metcalf to put some more yards up than he has been recently, and let’s be honest, no one in the Houston secondary can keep up with his speed. He has the eleventh most projected fantasy points among wide receivers for week 14 according to FantasyPros. Adrian Peterson will likely get action this week as well, as he needs to get comfortable being a main part of this running game and this game offers him a chance to do that with a level of confidence.
For the Texans, there isn’t much in this struggling offense, but Brandin Cooks is all they have by means of threats. Without Jamal Adams, he may be able to put some good points up in fantasy this week.