Don’t look now, but the Seattle Seahawks are still in the playoff hunt! True story. Granted, their chances are slim at best and a lot would have to go their way. For now, all the Seahawks can do is take care of business on their own end, which includes beating the woeful Houston Texans who can’t seem to buy a win no matter how hard they try.
Predictably, bookmakers are cornering this game with Seattle on the NFL odds board. And after Russell Wilson and company got rolling in Week 13, Seattle’s odds swelled further. Markets opened with the Seahawks at +7.5. The line has oscillated between 7.5 and 8 points depending on the chosen top-rated sportsbook.
Seattle Seahawks vs. Houston Texans
Sunday, December 12, 2021 – 01:00 PM EST at NRG Stadium
Seahawks Crack Win Column
Seattle’s season hasn’t been anything to write home about, but they still somehow found a way to sweep the series with the Niners. It required pulling out all the stops though to clinch the pivotal 30-23 win over the San Francisco 49ers and improve to a 4-8 record on the season. There was trickeration, a rally from behind, and, importantly, a goal-line stop that sealed the victory in the final seconds of the game.
Wilson went 30 of 37 for 231 yards and 2 touchdowns with 1 interception. Wilson had his best game of the season since returning from injury – a prophecy Pete Carroll made before the game. The interception was unfortunate and not entirely Wilson’s fault. Had it been caught by the intended target it would have been a touchdown that would have given Wilson a much higher passer rating than the 99.4% he finished with on the day.
Wilson’s improved play couldn’t have come at a better time, with the Seahawks looking to win out down the stretch. Should the Seahawks clinch the last five games of the season, they’d finish with a 9-8 record. That might be enough to secure one of the three wildcard spots that are in play.
Running back Adrian Peterson made his debut for the Seahawks on Sunday after Pete Carroll picked up the veteran in an attempt to spark the run game. Peterson had eleven carries for 16 yards and a touchdown.
Texans Rendered Pointless
There’s nothing redeeming about the Texans right now. From top to bottom, the Texans are struggling something huge and fans didn’t hold back as they showered the Texans with boos, having had just about enough of the product David Culley and his staff have fielded this season.
The 31-0 loss to the Indianapolis Colts marked a new nadir in the history of their AFC South rivalry. It was the first-ever shutout by the Colts at NRG Stadium. Tyrod Taylor was ineffective, putting up less than 50 yards in offense. He was replaced by Davis Mills in the third quarter after injuring his wrist, but the game was practically over at that point and Mills wouldn’t register an audible chord either.
It was the second shutout loss for the Texans this season and they slipped to a 2-10-0 record. The Texans closed as the 10.5-point home underdogs, but not even that was a big enough spread to deliver a cover by the hosts.
NFL Predictions and Picks
While the Seahawks showed positive signs in the win over the Niners, the reality is that two of their four wins this season have come against the Niners. Moreover, the Seahawks haven’t won back-to-back games all season long, which is something that is worth taking stock of for NFL picks in this game.
Wilson was fine (healthy) at the start of the season, but the Seahawks didn’t play well at all. Through the first five weeks, the Seahawks went 2-3 SU with wins in Week 1 and 4 at the expense of the Indianapolis Colts and Niners, respectively. His injury came against the Los Angeles Rams in Week 5.
It remains to be seen if the Seahawks can back up their win over the Niners. The motivation is there, but nothing is guaranteed. If they don’t, it will have counted for nothing and any playoff hopes might well be dispelled.
By all accounts, the Seahawks are expected to ride roughshod over the Texans and clinch the convincing win. In a perfect world, that will happen. But this has been a strange season, hasn’t it? With upsets that few would have predicted such as the Jets beating the Titans or the Jaguars beating the Bills, to name a few whoppers.
It’s impossible to quantify the impact the loss to the Colts might have. One would think, the Texans would be inspired to put forward a better account in their second straight home game if only to give their fans something to cling on to and cheer about.
A lot depends on Culley’s decision at the quarterback position. Taylor might get the start, but the wider expectation is for Mills to get the honor. The decision won’t be made until Friday according to NFL reports, so bettors looking to bet this game might fancy waiting before pulling the trigger for NFL picks against the spread.
The game total though might be fair game, with the Under bet looking like the best bet right now.
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