Quick Take: Seahawks/Texans

In Brief

» Last meeting: Shaun Alexander rushed for 141 yards and four touchdowns as the Seahawks pounded the Texans, 42-10, in Week 6 of the 2005 season.
» Streaks: The above game is the only time these teams have met.
» Last week: The Seahawks earned a hard-fought 20-17 win over the 49ers. ... The Texans suffered a costly 23-18 loss to the Jaguars.

Keep your eye on ...Houston's mindset: The Texans have squandered their promising 5-3 start with four consecutive losses. Now that they are teetering on the brink of elimination from the playoffs, will they finally be able to wake up and find their early-season form?

The Texans' tight ends: Ever since Owen Daniels was lost for the season with a knee injury, Houston has failed to win a single game. His replacement, Joel Dreessen, has made almost no impact in the passing game, and that lack of a dependable outlet has hindered QB Matt Schaub's effectiveness.

Nate Burleson's breakaway speed: Houston's secondary has been susceptible to big plays this season, and Burleson is Seattle's top deep threat. If he gets loose for a few long gains, it will be tough for the Texans to overcome.

Did you know?

Seattle's Justin Forsett has a touchdown in four consecutive games. ... Seahawks WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh has the second-most receptions in the NFL since 2006 (355). ... Houston's Mario Williams has 13 sacks in 16 career December games. ... If the playoffs started today, the Texans and Seahawks would both be on the outside looking in. Get an updated look at the postseason picture.

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