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First look at Seahawks’ opponent: Houston

By the numbers


Houston’s record in regular-season games since beginning the 2012 season at 11-1.


Yards per pass attempt for Houston QB Matt Schaub, which ranks 23rd in the NFL. Seattle’s Russell Wilson is second at 9.10.


Margin Houston has been outscored by in the first half this season.

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Game time: 10 a.m. (Pacific), Reliant Stadium.

TV: Ch. 13.

Coach: Gary Kubiak, who is 63-56 in his eighth year as Houston’s coach.

Record: 2-1.

Last game: Lost at Baltimore, 30-9.

The series: The teams have played just twice (the Texans entered the league in 2002), each team winning at home. Seattle won 42-10 in 2005 and the Texans won 34-7 in 2009.

The early line: Seahawks by three points.

Key players: Houston’s offense is sparked by receiver Andre Johnson, who on Monday ranked third in the NFL in receptions with 25 but also came out of the Baltimore game nursing a shin bruise. He was listed as day-to-day. Houston’s defense is led by end J.J. Watt, who was the NFL Defensive Player of the Year last season with 20.5 sacks. He has three this season. Houston has one player with local high school ties — backup free safety Shiloh Keo, who graduated from Archbishop Murphy High and later played at Idaho. Keo has 10 tackles.

Houston’s key to success: The Texans enter the season as one of the leading contenders for the Super Bowl from the AFC following a 12-4 season in 2012. They have stumbled a bit in 2013, however, falling behind at the half in all three games, scoring just 20 points in the first halves of those contests.

Houston has been undone by turnovers, carrying a minus-three turnover margin, which ranks tied for 26th in the NFL, into the Seattle game (Seattle is second at plus-six). Houston, though, has an unquestionably solid defense, ranking second to Seattle in yards allowed (249 per game to 241.7 for the Seahawks) as well as second to the Seahawks in pass defense, allowing just 473 yards in three games.

Bob Condotta

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