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The Seattle Seahawks may be in for the fight of their life on Sunday in Houston if their offensive line does not get healthy before then.
Starting right tackle Breno Giacomini and starting center Max Unger both missed practice on Wednesday. Unger is dealing with an arm issue, but it doesn’t appear to be serious enough to keep him out of the game, however, you never know. Giacomini left the Jacksonville game last Sunday with a knee issue.
Now, if you heard Pete Carroll’s press conference on Wednesday he sure didn’t sound too optimistic about Giacomini playing on Sunday.
If Unger and Giacomini don’t play on Sunday, the Seahawks will go with the following: LT Paul McQuistan, LG James Carpenter, C Lemuel Jeanpierre, RG J.R. Sweezy, and RT Michael Bowie.
You already have Russell Okung missing the game with a toe injury. So you could have three of your five starters, including two Pro Bowl players out of action.
This is not good for a unit that is still trying to find themselves in the early portion of the season. Despite the numbers the Seahawks running game has not achieved the same success they did a year ago and it will be tough sledding this weekend if they are missing three of their top guys.
The Houston Texans possess one of the better front sevens in football, led by defensive end J.J. Watt. But, it’s not just Watt, it’s also: DT Earl Mitchell, RDE Antonio Smith (1.5 sacks), OLB Brooks Reed, OLB Whitney Mercilus (1 sack), ILB Brian Cushing (1.5 sacks) and ILB Joe Mays.
The defense as a whole is second in the league in total defense (249.0). They are number-two in pass defense (157.7) and ninth against the run (91.3).
I think with a healthy offensive line the Seahawks would be fine, but if Unger and Giacomini miss the game, the Seahawks depth will be severely tested Sunday in Houston. I still think the Seahawks are deep enough and more talented than Houston to overcome the losses, but it certainly will be a challenge.