16 seconds. That's all it took for the Houston Texans to get on the board in Sunday's curb-stomping of the Seattle Seahawks.
Texans QB Matt Schaub connected on a 68-yard bomb to wideout Andre Johnson on the game's first play from scrimmage for the opening score. That play was a harbinger of things to come for the Seahawks in their 34-7 loss to Houston in a game that meant very little for both teams. Schaub finished with 365 yards(all but about 30 of it coming before the 2nd half) and two touchdowns. The Texans scored 24 unanswered points before Seattle chipped in on their side of the scoreboard in the 2nd quarter thanks to a Matt Hasselbeck touchdown pass to seemingly forgotten tight end John Carlson.
The problems weren't just on defense for Seattle, where top corner Marcus Trufant was burnt routinely by Johnson to the tune of 11 catches, 193 yards and two scores. On offense, the Seahawks struggled to move the ball at all on the ground. QB Matt Hasselbeck was under constant pressure, as he was sacked three times and fumbled three times(though he didn't lose any of them). On top of a shaky performance that included a pick-6 to Bernard Pollard for the game's final score, Hasselbeck injured his right shoulder. He was relieved by Seneca Wallace, but inevitably re-entered the fray despite the game being out of reach. Hasselbeck says he'll be ready for next week's game against the Bucs, but one has to wonder why the Seahawks would risk further injury to their star quarterback against a one-win team in a lost season.
For the Texans, as mentioned earlier, the win means nothing other than it lowers the temperature under the caboose of head coach Gary Kubiak. At 6-7 and tied for 3rd with initially 0-6 Tennessee, Houston is pretty much going through the motions. As for the Seahawks, at 5-8, they too are only playing for the scant hope that coach Jim Mora makes it to see 2010 under the new regime. With Tampa Bay, Green Bay and Tennessee to close the season, the Seahawks will probably finish the year 6-10. That will be a two-win improvement from last year's campaign but still a disappointment after so much sleeper buzz in the offseason. For the next three weeks, it will be a game of survival for a injury-depleted roster and its beleaguered head coach.
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Written by Dave Leonardis
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