Surging Buccaneers eager to gauge progress against Seahawks
SEATTLE (7-2-1) at TAMPA BAY (5-5)
Sunday, 4:05 p.m. ET, Fox
OPENING LINE – Seahawks by 6
RECORD VS. SPREAD – Seattle 6-4, Tampa Bay 5-5
SERIES RECORD – Seahawks lead 8-4
LAST MEETING – Seahawks beat Buccaneers 27-24, OT, Nov. 3, 2013
LAST WEEK – Seahawks beat Eagles 26-15; Buccaneers beat Chiefs 19-17
AP PRO32 RANKING – Seahawks No. 2, Buccaneers No. 19
SEAHAWKS OFFENSE – OVERALL (16), RUSH (28), PASS (8).
SEAHAWKS DEFENSE – OVERALL (9), RUSH (11), PASS (10).
BUCCANEERS OFFENSE – OVERALL (11), RUSH (15), PASS (13).
BUCCANEERS DEFENSE – OVERALL (26), RUSH (25), PASS (25).
STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES – Seahawks won most recent meeting, however, Bucs have won three of past four in series between franchises that entered NFL as expansion teams in 1976. … Seahawks on three-game winning streak, with QB Russell Wilson throwing for 902 yards, six touchdowns and zero interceptions. … TE Jimmy Graham has three TD receptions and WR Doug Baldwin has 252 receiving yards and three TDs during Seahawks' winning streak. … CB Richard Sherman has NFL-leading 30 interceptions since entering league in 2011. Figures to be matched up often against Bucs WR Mike Evans, who has 21 catches for 321 yards and two TDs in past three weeks. … Bucs QB Jameis Winston threw for 331 yards and one TD at Kansas City, giving him consecutive games with 300-plus yards passing for first time. … Evans second in NFL with eight TD receptions. … RB Doug Martin makes third start since returning from hamstring injury that sidelined him seven weeks. … Bucs have won two straight to climb back to .500, one game behind first-place Falcons in NFC South. … Defense rebounded from allowing nearly 1,100 yards in losses to Oakland and Atlanta to limit Chicago to 10 points and Kansas City to 17 past two weeks. … Bucs have forced league-leading 15 turnovers (six interceptions, nine fumbles) since Week 5. … Fantasy Tip: Bucs have had their share of problems covering opposing tight ends. Graham, who played first five seasons of career with Saints and has history of lighting up Tampa Bay, had 15 receptions for 197 yards and three TDs past three weeks in wins over Bills, Patriots and Eagles.
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