Buccaneers vs. Seahawks NFL Week 9: TV Schedule, Betting Lines, Prediction
TV Schedule: Sunday, Nov. 3, 4:05 p.m. ET, FOX
Stadium: CenturyLink Field
Weather: High 52, Low 41
Line: Seattle (-16.5)
After an extremely close call a week against the St. Louis Rams, the 7-1 Seattle Seahawks will be looking to win their eighth game in more impressive fashion. The Seahawks may be one of the best teams in football but they failed to show that a week ago. Russell Wilson may be one of the best young quarterbacks in the league, but he is not known for his prolific passing, accounting for just 1,628 yards and 13 touchdowns on the season for the 28th-ranked passing offense in the league. Seattle will be moving forward without Sidney Rice who had 231 yards and three touchdowns in the receiving game as he has torn his ACL and is out for the year. Golden Tate leads all receivers with 439 yards and three touchdowns on the season. Marshawn Lynch has been a beast once again this season, rushing for 601 yards and six touchdowns.
On the other side of the field, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are the epitome of a struggling team with no clear end in sight. It looks like head coach Greg Schiano has lost this team and it’s pretty evident that not many players are fans of the over-bearing coach. Mike Glennon has taken over at quarterback for the released Josh Freeman and the rookie has been decent for the Bucs. Glennon has 997 yards and eight touchdowns on the year with Vincent Jackson remaining the favorite target on the team, catching 41 passes for 623 yards and four scores. Doug Martin is out for a while at running back with a shoulder injury, but it looks like he could possibly come back soon. Martin has 456 yards and a touchdown on the season in his second year.
Defensively, the Buccaneers rank 18th in the league in points allowed per game while also ranking 14th in the league in total yards allowed per game. The Seahawks, on the other hand, have quite possibly the best defensive unit in the NFL. Ranking third in the league in points allowed per game, Seattle knows how to keep teams off the scoreboard. The Seahawks allow the second-least yards per game in the league as well.
PREDICTION: Buccaneers 10, Seahawks 34
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