Week Four of the 2013 NFL season features a potential Super Bowl preview. The Houston Texans will host the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday in a matchup of two of the best teams in football.
The contest is expected to be one of the most competitive of the young season. The betting public has made the Seahawks a slight favorite, but the point spread began the week as a pick ’em.
The Texans are coming off their first defeat of the season, losing to the Baltimore Ravens 30-9. The Texans played well enough defensively to stay undefeated, but hurt themselves with mistakes and poor special teams play.
Two of Baltimore’s three touchdowns did not involve the offense. Late in the second quarter, Matt Schaub threw an interception that was returned by Daryl Smith into the end zone. A few minutes later, Ravens returner Tandon Doss took a punt 82 yards for a touchdown.
The Texans also made several unforced errors that impeded their progress on offense. Houston committed 14 penalties, which tied a franchise record. They were called for 16 total infractions, but two were declined.
Texans Injury Report
Andre Johnson was questionable to play in last week’s context because of a concussion. He made his way onto the field for the start, but now another ailment is bothering him. The wide receiver left the game with a leg injury after catching five balls for 36 yards. He has been diagnosed with a shin bruise and has been listed as “day-to-day.”
Through three games, the Seahawks have solidified themselves as the class of the NFC. Following their blowout of the San Francisco 49ers in Week Two, they handed the Jacksonville Jaguars a 28-point loss in Week Three.
In 2012, the Seahawks had the No.1 defense in the league and this season has been no different. They’re atop the NFL, having allowed just nine points per and 241 total yards per game. They’ve especially excelled in pass defense, allowing 440 totals yards through the air.
Seahawks Injury Report
Seattle lost their big free agent acquisition before the season began when Percy Harvin underwent hip surgery in July. Since then, though, the team has remained very lucky in regards to injuries.
Defensive end Red Bryant couldn’t finish the game against the Jaguars because of back spasms, but head coach Pete Carroll says he should be good to go on Sunday afternoon. Wide receiver Jermaine Kearse sprained his ankle and his status is unknown. If he can’t go, however, it wouldn’t be much of a loss. Seven other receivers have been targeted more this season.