Seattle Seahawks vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers : We’ve reached November! One week after playing the worst team in the NFC South, the Seattle Seahawks (6-2) are back home playing the NFC South’s second worst team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-5).
Seattle dominated the Atlanta Falcons last week for a half, then made the 2nd half needlessly close and only won by seven points. The Seahawks have a brutal schedule after Tampa Bay, so they really need to win this one any way they can. Tampa Bay is almost certainly not going to be competing for any wild card spot, but they do have Bruce Arians as head coach, and he went 4-1 in Seattle when he coached the Arizona Cardinals. “The Sheriff” must be sent packing with an L so we don’t have to endure his grin again.
This tale of two quarterbacks couldn’t be much more different. Russell Wilson is playing at an MVP level, while Jameis Winston is a turnover machine who’s shown glimpses of greatness, only to be undone by moments of sheer stupidity. Where the Bucs do shine is in run defense, where they are best in the NFL. Seattle loves to run the ball, but they should exploit Tampa’s dreadful secondary instead of forcing something that isn’t there. Pete Carroll may want to resist his usual temptation and exploit the easier matchup. On the flip side, Tampa’s offense has two dynamic WRs in Chris Godwin and Mike Evans, so they’ll be a stern test for the Seahawks secondary.
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Three-game losing streaks are never fun. Even if you’ve experienced them as often as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-5) have over the last decade.
The Bucs lost another close game to the Titans last week and now, they have to turn around and travel across the country to take on the Seattle Seahawks (6-2).
But it may not be as daunting as it sounds. The Seahawks aren’t an unbeatable team by any means. There are plenty of areas on the field that the Bucs can take advantage of if they execute properly and don’t make stupid mistakes.
The Seattle Seahawks (5-2) take on the Atlanta Falcons (1-6) on Sunday.
The Falcons will be without starting quarterback Matt Ryan, who has officially been ruled out with an ankle injury.
Meanwhile, the Seahawks have already ruled two players out and have six players listed as questionable, making it impossible to tell who will be playing at multiple key spots, including on the offensive and defensive line and in the secondary.
Seattle’s ability to neutralize veteran backup Matt Schaub, the position battle brewing at safety, and the disappearance of running back Rashaad Penny are some of the many storylines for fans to pay attention to during Sunday’s contest.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers make one last swing on their unusual six-week, five-game road trip, and it’s another long one as they head to the opposite corner of the country to take on the Seattle Seahawks in Week Nine. Tampa Bay is trying to snap a three-game losing streak that technically included a “home game” in London, a run that has put them on the very fringes of the playoff race. However, with nine weeks still to go, the Buccaneers hope to kick off a massive run with a quality road win over a talented 5-2 Seahawks squad.
The Bucs will also try to rebound from a heartbreaking loss in Nashville in which a couple turnovers, some red zone missteps and one inadvertent whistle undermined what in many ways was a winning effort. If another game comes down to the wire in Seattle, the Buccaneers will face a challenge to be the team that makes the winning plays at the end because the Seahawks have been very good in close games this year. They already have four wins by four or fewer points, including two one-point decisions. And while Tampa Bay’s last three games have come against teams on their second quarterback of the season, the Seahawks are still led by MVP candidate Russell Wilson, who may be having his best season yet.
Even though Seattle has the NFL’s passer-rating leader in Wilson, the Seahawks love to run the ball, ranking fourth in the NFL in percentage of rushing plays (48.3), with the rugged Chris Carson leading the way. That said, Wilson is always ready to step in and take over, with both his arm and his legs, when the Seahawks need him to. Much of the cast has changed around Wilson on both sides of the ball since the team’s victory in Super Bowl XLVIII (and loss in the next Super Bowl, as well), and the Seattle defense isn’t quite as dominant as in those years, but the Seahawks are still prime contenders thanks in large part to their quarterback. The Seahawks’ defense also still has its quarterback in linebacker Bobby Wagner, who is working on a five-year Pro Bowl streak and was chosen first-team All-Pro in each of the last three seasons. Here’s a closer look at some of the challenges and opportunities the Buccaneers will confront against the Seahawks in Seattle on Sunday:
With what lies ahead, the Seattle Seahawks better enjoy what appears to be the final ”easy” week on the schedule.
The Seahawks have started 6-2, are in the middle of the NFC playoff race and will host struggling Tampa Bay on Sunday. Seattle’s first half of the season has put it in the playoff conversation and could have the Seahawks in contention for a division title, eventually.
But the visit from the Buccaneers is a scary matchup and the last appetizer on Seattle’s schedule that becomes incredibly difficult over the final seven games.
”It isn’t just getting to the halfway point, it’s what you’re going to do about it,” Seattle coach Pete Carroll said. ”That’s all gone and done with. Now this is when the run to the finish is under way.”