From Dave Boling:SEATTLE (3-0) at HOUSTON (2-1)
Kickoff: 10 a.m., Reliant Stadium
The series: Seattle and the Houston Texans have met twice, with each team winning on its home field. Houston won the last meeting, 34-7, on Dec. 13, 2009.
What to watch: This is the sixth time the Seahawks have started a season 3-0, the first since 2006. They have never been 4-0. They’ve won eight straight regular-season games, and nine of 10 including two post-season games. This is the first in a series of games that takes Seattle on the road four times in five weeks. The Seahawks (1) and Texans (2) are the top two teams in total defense (yardage). But the Texans are giving up 27.3 points per game, the Seahawks just 9. Houston quarterback Matt Schaub has had interceptions returned for touchdowns in successive games. The Seahawks have forced 10 turnovers, Houston just one. While the Seahawks are without Pro Bowl left tackle Russell Okung (toe) and possibly center Max Unger (triceps) and tackle Breno Giacomini (knee), the Texans also have two stars who were listed as questionable: Pro Bowl tackle Duane Brown and receiver Andre Johnson. Johnson is second in the NFL in receptions (25).
TNT pick: Seahawks, 24-17
SEATTLENo. Name (position) Ht./Wt./Year24 Marshawn Lynch (RB) 5-11/215/seventhThis game could feature a duel between two of the game’s best rushers, Lynch and Houston’s Arian Foster.
3 Russell Wilson (QB) 5-11/209/secondWith a makeshift offensive line, Wilson will need to get rid of the ball or be very evasive.
25 Richard Sherman (CB) 6-3/195/thirdWhile Brandon Browner will also see time on Andre Johnson (if he’s active), it could be a great showdown if Sherman gets sicced on him.
31 Kam Chancellor (SS) 6-3/232/fourthHouston TE Owen Daniels has three TDs this season. Chancellor could find himself in primary coverage.
54 Bobby Wagner (LB) 6-0/241/secondHouston’s rushing attack keyed by backs Arian Foster and Ben Tate, will challenge the Seattle front seven. Wagner will need to be sharp on his assignments.
HOUSTONNo. Name (position) Ht./Wt./Year8 Matt Schaub (QB) 6-5/235/tenthHe’s been intercepted four times, with two being returned for touchdowns.
80 Andre Johnson (WR) 6-3/230/11The veteran will challenge Seattle’s Legion of Boom secondary, but he’s been slowed by a concussion and a shin bruise, and was listed as questionable.
44 Ben Tate (RB) 5-11/217/fourthWhile Arian Foster gets most of the attention, Tate has a better average, picking up 6.8 yards per carry.
99 J.J. Watt (DE) 6-5/289/thirdWatt was the AFC Defensive Player of the Year with 20.5 sacks last season. He has three already this season and faces a make-shift Seahawks offensive line.
56 Brian Cushing (LB) 6-3/249/fifthAfter missing most of last season with a knee surgery, he bounced backwith an interception return for a touchdown in the season opener.