Week 15 Preview: Tampa Bay at Seattle

Rookie QB Josh Freeman is about to make his west coast debut against one of the NFL’s loudest stadium’s (Qwest Field). The 12th men haven’t had a whole lot to cheer about in Seattle this year with the Hawks sitting at 5-8 and coming off a very poor performance against the Houston Texans. Still this is the NFL and, well they’re playing the 1-12 Buccs.

In my opinion this game will be one at the line of scrimmage (like most) and the Buccs need to seriously consider trying to contain RB’s Julius Jones and Justin Forsett.

Jones will get the start but I believe Forsett will get the bulk of the carries considering his ability to outrun everyone on the field. The guy has great vision too.

If Seattle can implicate it’s zone blocking scheme (COUGH) this will certainly need to be addressed as quickly as you can say “opening drive touchdown.”

It doesn’t look to bad on paper for the Buccs, but this Hawk team still remains dangerous with veteran QB Matt Hasselbeck also taking the field Sunday. He missed a couple weeks earlier in the year when he injured his shoulder against the 49ers, and it may still be affecting him as he re-aggravated it last week (along with thumb) against the Texans.

I’m confident that the Buccs secondary (which has been playing much better as of late) will be able to stop the pass if those bumms up front can do their jobs for once.

Here’s how Seattle has fared statistically this season.

Overall : 23rd 315ypg
Rushing : 18th 91ypg
Passing : 15th 224ypg

Overall : 22nd 357ypg
Rushing : 11th 104ypg
Passing : 29th 253ypg

How to win : The Buccs have to start running the ball effectively if they expect rookie QB Josh Freeman to excel. If this doesn’t happen I can still see us hanging around for a bit in what actually might turn out to be an exciting game, but getting the loss in the end, this team knows no better. Freeman will not have a repeat of the last 2 weeks. In my opinion he’ll be very ready (along with the coaching staff). But this Bucc team still doesn’t have enough to know how to win.

Prediction : Hawks 27 Buccs 19

Bucs VS Seahawk History

The Buccs are 2-7 all time against the Hawk’s with their last meeting ending up a Buccs victory at Raymond James, 20-10 in 2008. They have only beaten the Hawks once on the road when stadium names actually had some color and personality, “The Kingdome.” In that game QB Trent Dilfer was injured after a 6-3 lead in the 3rd quarter. Rookie Shaun King replaced Dilfer and threw 4th quarter TD pass to Patrick Hape to seal the game up. The final score was 16-3 Buccs. King went on to lead the Buccs to the NFC Championship game that year in a heartbreaking loss against the Rams 11-6. Dilfer was cut at the end of the year and signed with the Baltimore Ravens and went on to win the Super Bowl in 2000.

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