Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports
For the first half of the Seattle Seahawks game at the Houston Texans on Sunday, Texans linebacker Brian Cushing was dominating on defense. Cushing was more dominating verbally as well, jawing at multiple Seahawks including Pro Bowl running back Marshawn Lynch.
At one point Cushing walked by Lynch and commented; “nice sponsor,” regarding Lynch’s now famous Skittles cleats.
Later in the game Lynch complemented Cushing and let him know he thought the Texans were a solid team. Cushing agreed and a few plays later the Texans defender forced Lynch to fumble, making it seem the Seahawks comeback attempt would be highly unlikely.
Cushing would leave the game with concussion like symptoms and wouldn’t return because of the leagues new rules protecting players against such injuries.
Once the Seahawks makeshift offensive line, including Alvin Bailey and Lemuel Jeanpierre, who were filling in for Max Unger and Breno Giacomini, wouldn’t have to contend with both Cushing and J.J. Watt, the tide started turning for the Hawks.
Russell Wilson, Richard Sherman and Marshawn Lynch would work their magic and highly underrated kicker Steven Hauschka would give the Seahawks an overtime victory, 23-20, capping one of the greatest comebacks in franchise history and giving the Hawks their first 4-0 start to a season since the team came into existence.
The Seahawks face the Indianapolis Colts in Indy on Sunday.