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Seattle Seahawks vs. Houston Texans Predictions, Odds, Picks

Dec. 12, 2021
Jonathan Willis
VI Betting Expert

Week 14 NFL Picks & Predictions

Games Scheduled for 1:00 p.m. ET

The surging Seattle Seahawks head south to take on the Houston Texans. Kick off is set for 1:00 p.m. ET and will air on FOX from NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas.

Score Prediction

Seahawks 31, Texans 13

Best Bets

Seahawks -8 (-110) at Wynn-Vegas

Seattle Seahawks vs. Houston Texans Predictions

The Houston Texans have been the worst team in the NFL over the last few months of the season. Although they don’t have the worst record, they have performed much worse than the Jacksonville Jaguars and Detroit Lions since Week 2. Their only win since Week 1 was a gift-wrapped victory over Tennessee after the Titans turned the ball over five times on the afternoon. That’s why the Seattle Seahawks are close to a double-digit road favorite despite being 4-8.

This should be a blowout win for Seattle. The Seahawks cannot afford to blow winnable games like this if they want to make the playoffs, and Houston is currently in shambles. Houston recently released top linebacker Zach Cunningham after he was late for a scheduled COVID test, and the offense and defense rank in the bottom five in the NFL.

Seattle Seahawks vs. Houston Texans Betting Odds

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Seattle Seahawks vs. Houston Texans Betting Resources

  • Matchup: NFC West vs. AFC South
  • Date: Sunday, December 12, 2021
  • Venue: NRG Stadium
  • Location: Houston, Texas
  • TV-Time: FOX - 1:00 p.m. ET

Week 14 NFL Picks & Predictions

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Seattle Seahawks Betting Analysis

Straight Up - SU, Against the Spread - ATS, Over-Under (O/U)

  • SU: 4-8
  • ATS: 6-6
  • O/U: 2-9-1
  • ATS - Away: 3-3

Russell Wilson has been under duress while on the field this season. He has been sacked multiple times in every game, and he has been sacked 29 times in his nine starts. He didn’t play well in his first two games back from finger surgery, but he has performed better in his last two starts, throwing for 478 yards with four touchdowns and an interception.

The Seahawks have two great receivers in Tyler Lockett and D.K. Metcalf. Lockett and Metcalf are both on pace to finish the season with more than 1,000 receiving yards. However, there isn’t a great third option as tight end Gerald Everett has had multiple drops and fumbled twice last week in the win over San Francisco.

The ground game hasn’t been too effective with Chris Carson sidelined for the season. Alex Collins is averaging just 3.9 YPC, and that has led to Seattle having the second-worst offense in the league (298.3 YPG). The Seahawks also rank second-to-last in third down conversion percentage.

Houston has the worst run defense in the NFL. The Texans are allowing 144.2 YPG on the ground, and this is a bare bones unit without Cunningham and others. Seattle could run all over this front seven on Sunday.

Houston Texans Betting Analysis

Straight Up - SU, Against the Spread - ATS, Over-Under (O/U)

  • SU: 2-10
  • ATS: 4-8
  • O/U: 2-10
  • ATS - Home: 2-5

Davis Mills will be the starting quarterback for Houston for the remainder of the 2021 season. The Stanford rookie was thrust into the starting job after Tyrod Taylor was injured in Week 2, but he did not play well, and Taylor became the starter again upon his return. Taylor has not played well over the last month though, so the job belongs to Mills for the rest of the season.

Mills is completing 65.5% of his passes for 6.3 YPA with seven touchdowns and eight interceptions. He was very good against New England, but he has struggled in the rest of his games and has a 30.4 QBR.

Brandin Cooks has been very good on the perimeter considering the state of this offense. He is by far the biggest threat at the skill positions, as no one else has more than 300 rushing or receiving yards. The ground game is abysmal too with Houston averaging just 3.3 YPC.

Seattle is allowing 3.9 YPC. The Seahawks have the worst pass defense in the NFL though, surrendering 275.8 YPG through the air. Jamal Adams will miss the rest of the season, and that really hurts since Seattle gave up two first-round picks for him.

Inside the Stats - Seattle Seahawks

  • Record: 4-8
  • Division Standing: 4th - NFC West
  • Points Scored: 239
  • Points Allowed: 249
  • PS/G: 19.9 (22nd)
  • PA/G: 20.8 (6th)

Inside the Stats - Houston Texans

  • Record: 2-10
  • Division Standing: 3rd - AFC South
  • Points Scored: 164
  • Points Allowed: 323
  • PS/G: 13.7 (32nd)
  • PA/G: 26.9 (30th)

Key Players to Watch

  • SEA: Russell Wilson - QB (175/259, 2,042 yards, 14 TD, 4 INT)
  • SEA: D.K. Metcalf - WR (52 catches, 710 yards, 8 TD)
  • HOU: Davis Mills - QB (146/223, 1,406 yards, 7 TD, 8 INT)
  • HOU: Brandin Cooks - WR (65 catches, 742 yards, 3 TD)

Seattle Seahawks vs. Houston Texans Betting Conclusion

It’s going to be tough for Houston to stay competitive in this game. The Texans are just playing out the string at this point with an eye on draft position.

Seattle Seahawks vs. Houston Texans Betting Trends

  • Houston has lost 10 of its last 12 games.
  • Seattle has failed to cover the spread in four of its last five games when playing as the favorite.
  • Seattle has gone UNDER the point total in nine of its last 10 games.

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