Want to bet that you can count the number of Tampa Bay Buccaneers fans in the stands in Seattle on both of your hands? That’s an advantage, believe it or not for the Seattle Seahawks – the home-field advantage. Not that they’ll need one. Some things to look for in this massacre (besides casualties):
Don’t be surprised to see the Seahawks use 3 and 4-receiver sets against the Buccaneers’ defense. Heck, it doesn’t matter what offensive setup the Seahawks use. Because Shaun Alexander is going to punk the Bucs’ defensive line to the tune of around 25-28 carries, 145-150 yards and 2 touchdowns. And I wouldn’t be surprised to see Seahawks wide receiver Deion Branch exploit the inexperienced Bucs’ secondary for between 85-110 yards and 2 scores.
The Bucs will counter with an offensive line that hopes to buy their QB Jeff Garcia some time to throw the ball. The question here is this: Who will they throw the ball to? It is entirely possible that the leading receiver for the Bucs is one Jerramy Stevens, who happens to be a tight end AND former Seahawk. Also expect Bucs WR Ike Hilliard to start ahead of Maurice Stovall this week (like it’s going to really matter). I don’t know what is going to hurt more – the growing pains that the Bucs will be going through this season, or the pain that the Seahawks will inflict upon the Bucs on Sunday. Jury’s out on that one. Seahawks in a rout.