Peephole perspective: 17-0, Texans. A long TD pass to Andre Johnson on the first play of the game. A Kris Brown field goal. A short TD run by Ryan Moats. All of 11 yards by the Seahawks offense.
Player of the quarter: Matt Schaub. The Texans’ sore-shouldered QB was 11 of 13 for 154 yards and the big TD pass to Johnson for a 141.7 passer rating.
Play of the quarter: The first play of the game. Schaub to Andre Johnson for 64 yards and a TD, as Johnson simply ran past CB Marcus Trufant.
Line of the quarter: 4-4-77-19.3-1. Schaub threw to Johnson four times, for four completions – and the 77 yards for a 19.3-yard average.
The bigger picture: Wow. One play – the first play of the game – and it was Texans 7, Seahawks 0. Johnson blew past Trufant for the TD. So much for containing Johnson. So much for starting quickly. So much for Matt Schaub’s ailing left shoulder affecting his accuracy and ability to throw the ball.
After the Texans forced a three-and-out on the Seahawks’ first possession – when LB Brian Cushing rocked Matt Hasselbeck on the first down, RT Ray Willis was flagged for a false start and Hasselbeck dropped a snap – two rights made for a wrong. P Jon Ryan kicked the ball right at Jacoby Jones, who broke it up the right side for a 22-yard return. Nine plays later, Kris Brown kicked a 29-yard field goal to make it 10-0.
Four of the Texans’ first six plays in the quarter produced first downs.
Another three-and-out by the Seahawks was followed by another scoring drive by the Texans – this one a nine-play, 56-yarder that ended with Ryan Moats leaving a trail of would-be tacklers in his wake on a 4-yard TD run. Make it 17-0, Texans – which his more points for them than yards (11) for the Seahawks at that point. Schaub was 4 of 4 for 46 yards on the Texans’ third scoring drive in as many possessions.
What else could go wrong? How about former Seahawk Kevin Bentley getting a hand on a Ryan punt – after yet another three-and-out. The 18-yard punt gave the Texans the ball at their 36-yard line.