March 19, 2018

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: Seattle Edition

In their second overtime game of the season, the Texans fell to the Seattle Seahawks 23-20. After snatching victory out of the jaws of defeat in two of their first three games, the Texans did the exact opposite against the Seahawks, this time snatching defeat out of the jaws of victory.

The Good

The Texans had their way on offense in the first half against one of the best defenses in the NFL. They put up over 300 yards of offense en route to 20 points. The defense also played extremely well. They only allowed one touchdown the whole game. Whitney Mercilus had the best game of his NFL career with 2.5 sacks and multiple QB pressures. The Texans were also able to force two turnovers when Brian Cushing forced a fumble and Johnathan Joseph came up with a clutch interception.

The Bad

While the defense played well, they did struggle with tackling yet again. Marshawn Lynch made the defense look silly breaking multiple tackles on a 43 yard run at the beginning of the game. They also allowed Russell Wilson to have success scrambling. One of the biggest plays of the game was when Wilson was able to convert a 4th and 3 with his legs near the goal line. The defense had him scrambling about 10 yards behind the line of scrimmage and still allowed him to get the necessary yards. The Seahawks scored their only offensive touchdown of the game on the next play. The offense also struggled in the second half. They were able to get some first downs but didn’t score any points and weren’t even able to get into position to try any field goals. For the Texans to be successful, they need two complete halves from the offense.

The Ugly

Turnovers killed the Texans in this game. Ben Tate’s fumble deep in their own territory set the Seahawks up in field goal range and gave them a free three points. The dagger was Matt Schaub’s third pick six of the season. The play was a bootleg, which hadn’t worked all game, and Schaub threw the ball blindly to avoid the sack. It was intercepted and returned for a touchdown by Richard Sherman. Another play that really hurt the Texans was Kareem Jackson’s questionable personal foul in overtime. The Seahawks would have had 3rd and 5 near midfield but the personal foul gave them a free first down and put them in field goal range. Four plays later, they kicked the game winning field goal.

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