Texans vs. Seahawks: Houston has best practice of season; prepare for Seattle
Sep 22, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett (72) tackles Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew (32) at CenturyLink Field. The Seahawks defeated the Jaguars 45-17. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
The Houston Texans are moving along from the disaster that was week three and looking ahead to this Sunday’s matchup against a very tough and undefeated Seattle Seahawks team.
Both teams have winning records entering the game that will be played at 1 p.m. on FOX, but the two teams have had a bit of a different path getting to their multiple win records as Houston is 2-1 and the Seahawks are 3-0.
With all the reaction or overreaction (however you may see it) Houston head coach Gary Kubiak said Wednesday that his team had their best practice of the season.
"“I really liked our practice. I just told them I thought it was our best practice of the year. I thought we had a really good sense of urgency and speed. We were missing a lot of players and I think the reason we practiced really good is because I think our young guys are starting to practice better. We understand what type of team we’re fixin’ to play and we’ve got to play a lot better than we have played and so I liked our sense of urgency.”"
With the Seahawks having one of, if not the best defense in the NFL, the Texans know they must play their best to avoid to dripping to .500 on the season. Seattle has already defeated the Carolia Panthers, San Francisco 49ers and the Jacksonville Jaguars.
"“Speed, really,” Kubiak said of the biggest concern of the Seattle defense. “They really rally to the ball. We all know about the two great corners they have and the way they can lock you down and cover, but they are excellent getting to the quarterback. They don’t give up big plays and just rally to the ball. They play with a lot of speed. We’ll have to match that intensity above and beyond. Their ranking is very well deserved.”"
Kubiak also spoke about the job Pete Carroll has done in turning the Seattle franchise in such a short amount of time.
"“Pete does a good job. They’ve got their program going, very committed to what they’re doing. He’s got a very good coaching staff, an excellent coaching staff there. They’ve got a tremendous homefield advantage, a very, very difficult place to play. They’ve been really tough to beat there. I see consistency. I see the same team every week and how they play. They do not hurt themselves. Like I said, it’s well deserved with where they’re at. They work really hard.”"
One big thing for the Texans to worry about if the defensive backs of the Seahawks, as they are one of the best groups in the NFL.
"“They do everything. They can run and are physical.” Kubiak said. “Even if you get a step on them or so, they find a way to make plays with their length. They’ve just been exceptional.”"