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NFL Week 14 Game Recap: Seattle Seahawks 33, Houston Texans 13

Houston, Texas, USA; Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Tyler Lockett (16) makes a reception for a touchdown as DUPLICATE Houston Texans safety Justin Reid (20) defends during the second quarter at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

The Seattle Seahawks are finally picking themselves up off of the canvas after a miserable November, winning 33-13 against the Houston Texans. After scuffling in the first half, the Seahawks shut their opponent out in the third and fourth, pulling away with 17 unanswered points.

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Seattle Seahawks

Quarterback

Keeping Russell Wilson clean in the pocket and allowing him to work efficiently off of play-action is the main directive of this offense, and Seattle executed the game plan nearly ideally. Wilson finished with no turnover worthy plays or sacks and only scrambled once. Playing against the Texans defense worked wonders.

Russell Wilson | Week 14
Dropbacks 30
Play Action Rate 40%
Completion Rate 61%
Average Depth of Target 13.7
Yards Per Attempt 9.3
Running Backs

Rashaad Penny hadn’t looked like this with the ball in his hand since he was an Aztec at San Diego State, averaging over 8.0 yards per carry and fighting through contact on the way to the end zone twice. Penny’s 113 yards after contact were more than the total yardage of every other running back who played in the game.

Rashaad Penny | Week 14
Attempts 16
Yards Per Carry 8.6
% of Yards After Contact 82%
1st Down/Touchdown Rate 25%
Wide Receivers

Tyler Lockett only caught half of his nine targets, but his five receptions were all he needed to rack up 142 yards and a touchdown. In one of the more bizarre stat lines you’ll see, Lockett only gained four of his yards after the catch, but his average depth of target was well over 20 yards.

Tyler Lockett | Week 14
Targets 9
Receptions 5
Average Depth of Target 25.9
Wide Receiver Rating 137.5
Yards Per Route Run 5.92
Offensive Line

Damien Lewis had the strongest performance in pass protection for Seattle,  allowing zero pressures against in his 30 protection snaps. Gabe Jackson and Duane Brown combined to allow just three pressures, and no lineman allowed a QB hit or sack.

Defensive Line

Rasheem Green, Darrell Taylor and Al Woods were the three Seahawks pass rushers to combine for the defense’s pair of sacks. Alton Robinson led all Seahawks with four pressures, but only Benson Mayowa was credited with a pass rush win.

Linebackers

Bobby Wagner and Jordyn Brooks each finished with five tackles against the run and combined for five run stops and two run stuffs (tackles for loss or no gain). Brooks was often targeted in underneath coverage, though, allowing 106 yards and a touchdown through the air.

Secondary

DJ Reed, Jr. was targeted seven times but allowed just 39 yards and one first down. Ugo Amadi conceded two first downs and 49 yards on eight targets, half of which were completions.

Houston Texans

Quarterback

I’m not sure anyone’s idea of football’s greatest product involves Davis Mills dropping back 53 times in a game, but that’s exactly what Houston asked its young QB to do against Seattle. Mills averaged just 6.8 yards per attempt on his 49 passes, reaching the end zone just once with his nickel and dime approach.

Running Back

Watching the Texans is a three-hour game of, “He’s still in the league?” Today’s winners were Rex Burkhead and Royce Freeman. The two backs combined for 55 yards on 23 tries, both ineffective throughout the game.

Wide Receivers

Brandin Cooks is my premier candidate of Texans players who need to find the first exit at season’s end, putting up 100 yards on 11 targets, 81 of which came after the catch. Cooks isn’t quite as flashy as he was four or so seasons ago, but he still has the ability to create offense.

Offensive Line

In spite of the gaudy number of passing attempts, Houston protected its quarterback well between the tackles. Guard Lane Taylor only allowed two pressures, and none of his teammates gave up more than one. Of those 53 opportunities, only twice were the offensive linemen beaten by a pass rush move.

Defensive Line

Houston’s defensive front had little effect on the game, with Jacob Martin leading all defensive linemen with just three pressures. No Texans defensive lineman logged a QB hit or a sack.

Linebackers

The Houston LB corps gave up 103 yards and five first downs on eight completions. The position group combined for four run stops and two run stuffs but did little to deny Rashaad Penny from gaining ground after contact. 

Secondary

Terrance Mitchell was the mismatch Russell Wilson hunted, giving up 89 yards and a touchdown on just 12 coverage snaps and three coverage targets. Each of the three passes were completed, two went for first downs and Wilson had a perfect 158.3 passer rating targeting the defensive back.

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