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NFL : ATS Matchup
Sunday 9/29/2013Line$ LineOU LineScore




SEATTLE (3 - 0) at HOUSTON (2 - 1)
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Week 4 Sunday, 9/29/2013 1:00 PM
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SEATTLE - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games3-0+23-02-128.710.7379.7(6)
Road Games1-0+11-00-112.03.0370.0(6.3)
Last 3 Games3-0+23-02-128.710.7379.7(6)
Grass Games1-0+11-00-112.03.0370.0(6.3)
SEATTLE - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)28.710.721.733:1136-133(3.7)18-2766.7%247(9.1)63-380(6)(13.2)
Opponents Defensive Avg.22.19.419.130:4530-123(4.2)19-3161.8%207(6.7)61-329(5.4)(14.9)
Offense Road Games12.03.018.030:1426-70(2.7)25-3375.8%300(9.1)59-370(6.3)(30.8)
Defense (All Games)9.02.315.026:4923-92(4)16-3052.8%147(4.9)53-238(4.5)(26.5)
Opponents Offensive Avg.17.26.918.130:1529-110(3.9)18-3356.4%183(5.6)61-293(4.8)(17)
Defense Road Games7.07.016.029:4625-124(5)16-2369.6%119(5.2)48-243(5.1)(34.7)
SEATTLE - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against0.
Stats For (Road Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 12-432.4%1-050.0%1-35(26.5)2-4(2.6)7-71
Opponents Avg. Stats For10.91.9 15-638.7%1-165.6%2-41(21.6)7-2(4.8)7-56
Stats Against (Road Games) 11-545.5%0-00.0%0-0(0)2-10(5)4-46

HOUSTON - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games2-1+10-32-123.37.7388.3(5.6)1.327.316.0249.0(4.5)0.3
Home Games1-0+10-11-030.07.0452.0(5.9)
Last 3 Games2-1+10-32-123.37.7388.3(5.6)1.327.316.0249.0(4.5)0.3
Grass Games2-0+20-22-030.57.0450.5(6)1.526.015.5255.5(4.6)0.5
HOUSTON - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)23.37.723.033:2726-129(4.9)28-4366.4%260(6.1)69-388(5.6)(16.6)
Opponents Defensive Avg.22.38.320.429:0424-101(4.3)25-3865.4%273(7.3)61-374(6.1)(16.8)
Offense Home Games30.07.025.033:1428-172(6.1)26-4854.2%280(5.8)76-452(5.9)(15.1)
Defense (All Games)27.316.014.728:0228-91(3.3)16-2856.6%158(5.7)56-249(4.5)(9.1)
Opponents Offensive Avg.23.211.719.931:2530-105(3.5)21-3463.1%221(6.5)64-326(5.1)(14)
Defense Home Games24.010.014.031:1433-119(3.6)17-3056.7%129(4.3)63-248(3.9)(10.3)
HOUSTON - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against0.60.410.913-537.8%1-037.5%3-80(24.8)16-3(6)8-67
Stats For (Home Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 15-641.3%1-050.0%1-32(31.7)2-39(16.6)9-71
Opponents Avg. Stats For0.30.40.8 15-743.8%1-050.0%1-36(24.9)28-2(11.8)7-62
Stats Against (Home Games) 16-425.0%1-00.0%0-0(0)4-18(4.5)9-70
Average power rating of opponents played: SEATTLE 19,  HOUSTON 19.3
SEATTLE - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
9/8/2013@ CAROLINA12-7W-3W44U26-7025-33-300125-12416-23-1192
9/15/2013SAN FRANCISCO29-3W-5W31O47-1728-19-118120-10013-28-1075
9/29/2013@ HOUSTON            
10/6/2013@ INDIANAPOLIS            
10/17/2013@ ARIZONA            
10/28/2013@ ST LOUIS            

HOUSTON - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
9/9/2013@ SAN DIEGO31-28W-5L44O28-12034-45-329120-8014-29-1831
9/22/2013@ BALTIMORE9-30L1.5L44U23-9425-35-170131-7516-24-1610
10/6/2013@ SAN FRANCISCO            
10/13/2013ST LOUIS            
10/20/2013@ KANSAS CITY            
SEATTLE: The Seahawks were the most run-heavy team in the NFL last year, and they'll be up there again this season. They have big, physical linemen who operate a zone-blocking scheme with a lot of inside zone runs by Marshawn Lynch. Lynch remains the feature back, running behind fullback Michael Robinson. Rookie Christine Michael could push Robert Turbin for the No. 2 job. They don't have many designed running plays for Russell Wilson, but he does have the neon green light to scramble. Offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell's West Coast passing game took off in the second half of last season, and they'll get even more creative with Percy Harvin, the league's most dangerous catch-and-run threat. Harvin will line up everywhere, including the backfield, and see a lot of screens and be targeted frequently on rollouts. Wilson's pocket moves around, and they'll use play-action to open things up deep for Sidney Rice and Golden Tate. Zach Miller is a popular play-action target but will see fewer targets with Harvin coming in. They rarely use their backs as receivers. Seattle gets more aggressive with the passing game inside the 20, with Rice being the primary target and both tight ends (Miller and Anthony McCoy) involved. Otherwise, it's a whole lot of Lynch. The Seahawks led the NFL in scoring defense in 2012 (15.3 PPG allowed), and generated 15 forced turnovers and five touchdowns in their final six games. Their subpar pass rush should improve greatly under new defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, who has several DE/OLB types to run his more aggressive scheme, including former Lions DE Cliff Avril (29 sacks since 2010). New CB Antoine Winfield (72 solo tackles) joins a stacked secondary that already includes CB Richard Sherman (8 INT) and FS Earl Thomas (3 INT).
HOUSTON: The cornerstone of Houston's offense remains its zone-blocking running scheme, though the club did slip from first to ninth in the NFL in terms of run/pass ratio. The offensive line has steadily developed into one of the NFL's best, a mobile group that specializes in (for now, still legal) cut blocking. It's a one-cut system for their backs, where Arian Foster thrives. The Texans seem to have lost some faith in Ben Tate, as Foster played a league-leading 847 snaps last season. The Texans use a conservative West Coast passing game that works off play-action but doesn't do a lot downfield. Andre Johnson is the centerpiece, a guy who gets moved around and is almost always Matt Schaub's first look. Tight end Owen Daniels still serves as the default No. 2 target, often working off Johnson on the same side of the field. Rookie DeAndre Hopkins will be more of a field stretcher on the opposite side. Foster was utilized less in the passing game last year, though Houston could look to rekindle the screen game considering Schaub's inability to get the ball deep. Houston is one of the NFL's most run-heavy red zone teams. Foster led the league in touchdowns of less than 10 yards last year (14) and had 71.9 percent of Houston's touches inside the 10. Just the presence of Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt (NFL-best 20.5 sacks, 39 TFL) is enough to make the Texans a strong defense, and the addition of playmaking FS Ed Reed (9 career TD) and the healthy return of ILB Brian Cushing makes them truly elite. CBs Johnathan Joseph and Kareem Jackson are stellar shutdown corners. Versatile Danieal Manning should have little trouble shifting from free safety to strong safety, and the team expects big things from OLB Whitney Mercilus in his second season.
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*Seahawks-Texans Preview* =========================


Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll has stressed the importance of defense from his first day on the job, and having the league's top-ranked unit has brought the franchise to within one victory of its first 4-0 start.

The Houston Texans hope to prevent that from happening on their home field Sunday, but they'll likely have to limit their mistakes against the Seahawks' ball-hawking defense.

Seattle is allowing an NFL-best 241.7 yards per game, and its 10 forced turnovers are tied for second-most. It has given up a league-low 27 points and had three takeaways in last week's 45-17 win over Jacksonville.

Carroll believes there's still room for improvement, though.

"I think it's a good start. Any way you can get to 3-0 that's darn good," Carroll said. "We have obvious areas we have talked about on offense, just to get out of our own way. I don't think we are there yet with being as precise as we will be. Defensively, we're off to a great start. I really like what is going on."

The Seahawks also had four sacks last week and created enough of a cushion to allow starters on both sides of the ball to rest for most of the second half. However, the 265 yards allowed didn't set well with everyone.

"We're disappointed," cornerback Richard Sherman said. "We didn't expect to give up that many yards, that many points. It feels good to get the win, but obviously we wanted to play better."

Backups played the entire fourth quarter when Jacksonville gained 107 yards and scored a touchdown, but safety Kam Chancellor said that's no excuse.

"I still don't feel that happy right now," Chancellor said. "I still think it's too many yards, and we hold ourselves to a higher standard. You can ask anybody that and they'll say the same thing, that's too many yards."

Carroll, though, has been pleased with the takeaways - a point of emphasis he'll continue to stress.

"It's how we want to play," Carroll said. "We want to play taking care of the football and we want to play getting after it. To us, it's the biggest factor that determines winning and losing. That's why it's the No. 1 emphasis in our program, and always will be."

Houston (2-1) boasts the league's second-ranked defensive unit that allows an average of 249.0 yards per game, but it has forced only one turnover while the offense has given up the ball four times.

Matt Schaub was intercepted on the team's first drive for the second time in last Sunday's 30-9 loss to Baltimore and had a pick returned for a touchdown for the second consecutive game.

The Texans also allowed an 82-yard punt return for a score and committed a franchise-record 14 penalties. Coach Gary Kubiak said those types of mishaps can't continue, especially against an opportunistic team like Seattle.

"I don't think we've played a good team game from start to finish," Kubiak said. "We've been inconsistent. We've turned the ball over. It's about consistency and finding a way to make plays.

"The biggest thing is if we're going to put ourselves in those situations, we're going to struggle."

Receiver Andre Johnson is easing his way back to practice after being forced out against the Ravens with a bruised shin. He also suffered a concussion in a 30-24 overtime win over Tennessee the week prior.

"All the X-rays are fine," Kubiak said. "It's just a matter of working him back through it, probably a day-to-day process."

Arian Foster rushed only 12 times for 54 yards last week while Schaub finished 25 of 35 for 194 yards. Houston had 264 total yards after averaging 450.5 over its first two games.

"Somehow we've got to get some consistency, get rid of those mistakes and play the type of football game we want to play," Kubiak said. "We've got to find a way to make some bigger plays than what we're making."

Seattle made plenty while getting out to a 31-0 lead last week. Russell Wilson finished 14 of 21 for 202 yards and four touchdowns in just 2 1/2 quarters, hitting Zach Miller and Sidney Rice for two scores apiece.

The Seahawks finished with 479 total yards after having 290 in a 29-3 win over San Francisco the previous week.

"I'm proud of the offense," Sherman said. "They scored a lot of points. That's what we needed. They needed that for confidence."

Schaub threw for 365 yards and hit Johnson, who finished with 11 catches for 193 yards, for two touchdowns in a 34-7 victory over Seattle in the most recent meeting Dec. 13, 2009.

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