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10 a.m., Sunday, Reliant Stadium, Houston

Against the Seahawks: This is the third meeting between the teams. The series is tied 1-1. The last time they met, the Seahawks were clobbered 34-7 in Houston on Dec. 13, 2009. Seattle stomped the Texans 42-10 on Oct. 16, 2005 in Seattle.

Stats and stuff: Houston has a 2-1 record after getting handled by Baltimore 30-9 on Sunday. … Texans defensive end J.J. Watt had 201/2 sacks last season. He has three so far this year. … Stud wide receiver Andre Johnson is day-to-day with a bruised shin. … Running back Arian Foster is averaging a career-low 3.9 yards per rush. He hasn’t gained a 100 yards in a game this season. He’s rushed for more than 1,200 yards in each of the past three seasons. … The Texans are No. 2 in the NFL in total defense, behind the Seahawks. Seattle allows 241.7 yards per game. Houston 249. Those defenses have another similarity: each has been penalized 212 yards, tied for fourth-most in the league. … Houston QB Matt Schaub has thrown six touchdown passes and four interceptions. His NFL quarterback rating is 87.3. Last week, he averaged 5.54 yards per pass. He’s thrown a pick-six in the past two games. … Linebacker Brian Cushing leads the Texans with 24 combined tackles. He played for Seahawks coach Pete Carroll at USC. … The Texans are -3 in turnover differential.

Quotable: “There probably wasn’t a guy on the front that didn’t jump offsides. Offensively, we’ve got a lot of work to do.” — Houston coach Gary Kubiak, commenting on the 14 penalties Houston had Sunday against Baltimore. TEXANS’ SCHEDULE

Sept. 9at San DiegoW, 31-28

Sept. 15vs. TennesseeW, 30-24 (OT)

Sept. 22vs. BaltimoreL, 30-9

Sundayvs. Seattle

Oct. 6at San Francisco

Oct. 13vs. St. Louis

Oct. 20at Kansas City

Nov. 3vs. Indianapolis

Nov. 10at Arizona

Nov. 17vs. Oakland

Nov. 24vs. Jacksonville

Dec. 1vs. New England

Dec. 5at Jacksonville

Dec. 15at Indianapolis

Dec. 22vs. Denver

Dec. 29at Tennessee