Buccaneers vs. Seahawks: Behind the Numbers Preview
Let’s take an in-depth look at Sunday’s game between the Buccaneers and the Seahawks.
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We have a big one on Sunday, Buccaneers fans, don’t we? The Bucs get another chance to eclipse the .500 mark, but they have a tough road to make it happen.
The Seahawks head into town riding a three-game winning streak, and holding a three-game lead in the NFC West. Their latest conquest was a 26-15 win over the Philadelphia Eagles.
Our Bucs are riding a two-game winning streak of their own, the latest win coming over Kansas City last week by at 19-17 score. They are a game behind in the NFC South and making noise at the right time of year.
With that, let’s look at the history between these two teams.
Seattle leads the overall series between these two with a record of 8-4, but the Bucs have played well of late, winning three of the last four. The last time these two teams met was in November of 2013, when a Stephen Hauschka field goal propelled Seattle to a 27-24 win on overtime. The last time they met in Tampa Bay was back in 2010 when Josh Freeman threw for five touchdowns on the way to a 38-15 Bucs win.
Mike Evans has been red hot, especially over the last two games, averaging 107 yards per game. To date, he ranks second in the league with eight receiving touchdowns. Cecil Shorts played well in his only career meeting with Seattle. He caught eight for 143 yards back in 2013 with Jacksonville.
Lavonte David may be having an off year, but since 2013, believe it or not, he is the only player to have recorded more than 450 tackles, more than ten sacks, and more than five interceptions. Talk about consistency. The new-found talent named Chris Conte is looking for his third-straight game with an interception.
For Seattle, Jimmy Graham has been good against Tampa. In his last three against the Bucs, Graham has posted 23 receptions, an average of 119 yards per game, and a touchdown. Kwon Alexander and company had better be ready. Last time Bobby Wagner faced the Bucs, he put up 11 tackles and 1.5 sacks.
I am ready for some football, how about you?