What was the best thing about the Seahawks’ 23-20 overtime victory against the Houston Texans on Sunday?
“I think the biggest part of the game, and just the whole week to be honest with you when I’m looking back at it, is nobody really talked about the fact that we had three offensive linemen out,” Wilson said after the victory that lifted the Seahawks to the first 4-0 start in their 38-year history.
Who’s going to argue with a player that Sherman referred to as Houdini on Monday morning because of everything Wilson was able to do in willing the Seahawks to that fourth-quarter touchdown?
“Those guys” would be rookie
It became obvious on Friday that Unger and Giacomini would not play, but it was just as obvious that their absence would not be viewed as an excuse or a reason for hands simply being thrown in the air as the Seahawks prepared for the Texans’ No. 2-ranked defense that is led by end J.J. Watt, the reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year.
“Think about it, our right tackle is a rookie who’s going against one of the best defensive lineman to ever play the game,” Wilson said. “That’s not easy.”
“Coming into the game, I wasn’t nervous,” said Bowie, who was playing at Northeastern State in Oklahoma last season and was available to the Seahawks with the 242nd pick in April’s NFL Draft. “I was (eager) to get out there because you know it was good competition. I wanted to test myself to see where I was at.
“So coming into the game, I just kept telling myself, ‘You’re built for this. You’re here for a reason. They have confidence in you to start you, so go in there and do what they expect.’ ”
The 6-foot-4, 332-pound Bowie could be in there for a while, after coach Pete Carroll announced on Monday that Giacomini had a surgical procedure on his knee Monday.
“The surgery went really well and the doctors were really pleased that there wasn’t a lot of problem with his knee structurally and that he can get back quickly from this,” Carroll said during his weekly day-after Q&A session.
Now that Bowie has seen Watt very up close and very personal, he should be better prepared for whatever the future might throw at him.
“Houston came out with their punch,” Bowie said. “They came out early on us, but this group here – this group of guys that has a lot of heart – we know how to finish.”
Even with three starters out on the offensive line.