Keys to Seahawks at Texans

September, 26, 2013
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RENTON, Wash. -- Here are a dozen key statistics entering the Seattle Seahawks game Sunday against the Houston Texans:

1. Seattle has six players who are averaging more than 15 yards per catch this season -- receivers Jermaine Kearse (22.2), Doug Baldwin (19.7), Sidney Rice (15.9) and Golden Tate (15.8), and tight ends Kellen Davis (15.5) and Luke Willson (15.2). As a team, the Seahawks are averaging 14.7 yards per reception.

2. The Seahawks are No. 1 in total defense (yards allowed) and the Texans are No. 2. However, Seattle has allowed an NFL best 9.0 points per game while Houston has allowed 27.3. That’s a little misleading. Last week at Baltimore, Texans quarterback Matt Schaub had a pick-six and the Ravens also had a punt return for a touchdown.

3. Seattle has allowed no more than 17 points in eight straight regular-season games dating back to last season, the longest such streak since the New York Jets from 2009-10. The only team to have nine straight games with no more than 17 points allowed in the last 10 years is the 2007-08 Tennessee Titans

4. Seattle’s defense has five interceptions in the first three games and the Texans have one.

5. The Seahawks have won eight straight regular-season games, their longest win streak since winning 11 in a row in 2005 when they finished 13-3 and advanced to Super Bowl XL (losing to the Pittsburgh Steelers).

6. In his one game against Seattle, Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson caught 11 passes for 193 yards and two touchdowns. However, that was 2009. None of the four starters in the Seattle secondary were on the Seahawks team then.

7. Since Week 9 of last season, the Seahawks lead the NFL is yards rushing at 4,189 yards for a 4.4-yard average.

8. Since the 2003 season, Seattle is third in the NFL in September record at 24-11, a .686 percentage.

9. The Seahawks lead the NFL in points differential in the first three games at plus-59.

10. Over 38 percent of Russell Wilson’s pass attempts this season are play-action passes, the highest rate in the NFL.

11. Since his rookie season of 2011, cornerback Richard Sherman leads the NFL in interceptions with 13 and passes defensed with 45.

12. Seattle has won three consecutive road games for the first time under Pete Carroll. Before its current win streak, Seattle was 6-16 on the road under Carroll. He never has coached a game against the Texans.

Terry Blount

ESPN Seattle Seahawks reporter

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