The Seahawks snapped a three-game losing streak last week with an impressive 30-23 win over the San Francisco 49ers, but even that performance doesn’t change how much of a disappointment they’ve been this season.
The same can be said for Seattle’s opponent this Sunday, as the Houston Texans have lost nine of their last 10 games in their quest for the No. 1 overall draft pick.
This is another game the Seahawks absolutely need to have if they want to keep their slim playoff hopes alive. So, them being nine-point road favorites on the current NFL betting lines is pretty reasonable especially with Houston possibly starting a backup quarterback.
- Game: Seattle Seahawks (4-8) at Houston Texans (2-10)
- Location: NRG Stadium
- Day/Time: Sunday, December 12, 1:00 p.m. ET
Offensive tackle Brandon Shell (shoulder) left Sunday’s game early, as did defensive tackle Bryan Mone (knee) and safety Jamal Adams (shoulder). All three of those players are questionable for Sunday.Chris Carson (neck), offensive lineman Jamarco Jones (back), and cornerback Tre Brown (knee) are still on injured reserve, listed as out.
Next game: at Jaguars
The Texans were, blanked, 31-0, at home by the Indianapolis Colts. Quarterback Tyrod Taylor left early with a wrist injury, replaced by Davis Mills. Houston managed just 141 yards of total offense and had no answers for Jonathan Taylor, who ran for 143 yards and two touchdowns.
Houston did not come close to covering as 10-point home underdogs and the over (45½ points) never had a chance.
Houston has its own injury issues to deal with, namely Taylor having torn ligaments in his non-throwing wrist that have him listed as questionable. If he can’t play, rookie backup Mills will likely get the start. Offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil (thumb) is on injured reserve as are defensive end DeMarcus Walker (hamstring) and wide receiver Danny Amendola (knee).
Offensive guard Justin McCray, running back David Johnson and safety Terrence Brooks are all listed as questionable.
Seattle Seahawks at Houston Texans Betting on the Game
The Texans were overmatched by the Seahawks even with Taylor healthy, so the gap is even larger with Mills starting in his stead. Houston is 32nd (bottom) in scoring offense, 30th in scoring defense, dead-last in yards from scrimmage and rushing yards and second-to-last in passing yards.
The defense is a little better in terms of yardage allowed, though the picture is still clear: Overall, the Texans are statistically the worst team in football. Even with Seattle’s struggles this season — many of which could be blamed on injuries — the Seahawks should still cruise by Houston. The broader betting market, for some reason, is giving the Texans more of a chance on Sunday and generally has Houston only as 7½ point underdogs, but the spread on the BetUS Sportsbook — 9 points — seems more reasonable.
The Seahawks should be able to put up a lot of points on the Texans even if Collins is still out, and Seattle’s bend-don’t-break defense — sixth in scoring defense but 31st in yards allowed — will be able to keep Mills and Co. out of the end zone for most of the day.
If you’re betting online, stay away from the Texans’ moneyline. +280 is great value for any team in the NFL playing a 4-8 opponent, but Houston is so bad and undermanned that the juice would need to be significantly larger for that bet to be valuable enough.
However, if you’re making NFL predictions and don’t want to pick a side, consider the over here. Seattle should light the scoreboard up and while the Texans’ offense is very bad, they should be able to scratch some points across in garbage time. It’s also not particularly easy to be shut out in back-to-back games in today’s NFL, especially when weather isn’t a factor.