Sep 22, 2013; Baltimore, MD, USA; Houston Texans running back Ben Tate (44) tackled by Baltimore Ravens linebacker Josh Bynes (56) at M
Here is the Week 4 version of “5 Bold Predictions” where the Houston Texans host the Seattle Seahawks at 1 p.m. EST on FOX.
1. Matt Schaub Rebounds from last week
I’m not saying Matt Schaub will throw for 300 yards and four touchdowns, but I do see him playing a more constant game today. I don’t even know if the Houston Texans can win this game, but I don’t believe Schaub and the Texans will play as bad as they did last week against the Baltimore Ravens, even against a defense like the Seattle Seahawks.
2. Texans will hold Russell Wilson in-check
I’m not saying the Texans will totally dominate Wilson today, but I will say if the Seahawks win today, it won’t be because Wilson totally dominates the game. Marshawn Lynch could be a whole other story though.
3. Marshawn Lynch leads all rushers in the game
If the Seahawks win today, it will be because of Marshawn Lynch. He’s poised to have a big game soon, and this could be the day. I know the Texans have one of the better defenses in the NFL, but stopping the entire offense of the Seahawks is a tough task, and so far nobody has done it. I don’t know if the Texans, who are ninth in rushing yards allowed, can stop the entire Seahawks’ offense, so something has got to give, right?
4. Arian Foster will be held to under 100 yards again
By facing the Seahawks’ defense who knows if Arian Foster can get his first 100-yard rushing game of the season, especially sharing time with fellow running back Ben Tate. What I do know is this: Foster has led the Texans to victory 17 of the 23 times he’s rushed for the century mark in the regular season during a game for his career.
5. Final Prediction
I’m picking the Seahawks to win this game. I think they will beat the speared -3 point spread they currently have as Sunday morning, winning by at least a touchdown. The one wild card is this could be a “must-win” game for the Texans, so who knows what type of team we’ll see with them today.