The Seattle Seahawks will put their three-game winning streak on the line when they host the Houston Texans. Game time is set for 4:05 EST on Sunday, October 29 at CenturyLink Field in Seattle. Local audiences can see the game on CBS.
Oddsmakers have the Seahawks as 5.5-point favorites at home. The over/under for the game is 45.5 points. Click here for a full list of the Week 8 betting odds and links to more game previews.
Texans vs Seahawks Game Preview & Betting Odds
The Seahawks are riding a three-game winning streak that has improved their record to 4-2. Of course, wins against the 49ers, Colts, and Giants aren’t necessarily impressive based on how bad those teams have been this season. Nevertheless, Seattle’s defense is once again the best in football, allowing just under 16 points per game, which all but ensures the Seahawks have a chance to win every game they play.
Meanwhile, the Texans make the trip to Seattle as a 3-3 team. Of course, Houston has looked like a different team since Deshaun Watson took over as the starting quarterback. The Houston defense is not nearly as good as it’s been in the recent past. However, Watson has made the Texans one of the highest scoring teams in the NFL, which like Seattle’s defense, gives them a chance to win every game they play.
Free Pro Football Pick Against the Spread: Seahawks -5.5
My early lean for this game is toward Seattle, even with 5.5 points to cover. I was tempted to take Watson and the Texans to beat the spread. But the Seahawks are a dominant team when playing at home. I can see Watson having a tough time in that environment, leading to a few turnovers, so I feel good about leaning toward Seattle.
As impressive as Watson has been this season, his numbers are a bit skewed. Against Kansas City, he did most of his damage in garbage time. I also want to take his four-touchdown performance against the Titans with a grain of salt. The Houston defense forced five turnovers in that game, which made things easy on him. Take those two games out of the equation, and Watson’s numbers are a little more modest.
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I also look at the similarities between Watson and Russell Wilson as an advantage for the Seahawks. The Seattle defense sees Wilson in practice every day. They have a good idea of how dangerous a quarterback like Watson can be outside the pocket. The Seahawks will be ready to face Watson and have a plan in place to keep him in the pocket and force him to beat them with his arm.
I also like what I’ve seen from the Seattle offense during the team’s three-game winning streak. Wilson has been accurate throwing the ball and the Seahawks have done a good job of winning time-of-possession, which puts their defense in a great position to be at their best.
Seattle may not have the playmakers to keep up in a track meet, but Wilson can make plays when he needs to. As long as he continues to be efficient and protect the ball, the Seahawks will be in good shape.
With each week, the Seahawks look more and more like a team that’ll be a threat to come out of the NFC. Playing at home against a rookie quarterback is a scenario that plays right into their hands. Watson will take a small step backward this week against the league’s best defense. The Seattle defense will force a few turnovers, allowing the Seahawks to win comfortably and cover the spread.