Tale Of The Tape: Tampa Bay Buccaneers At Seattle Seahawks
- QuarterbackMike Glennon is in for the toughest assignment of his career as he goes under center against the ferocious Seattle defense as they return home after Monday night’s road appearance against the St. Louis Rams. Glennon has some accuracy and seems to understand the offense, but they will be under the gun against Seattle’s ferocious pass defense.The Seahawks may be in a position to put on their best offensive show of the season in this game. Russell Wilson will likely have a chance to throw the ball downfield to explosive wideout Percy Harvin, and that should give the Seahawks much greater offensive consistency. Wilson has quick feet, excellent athleticism, a strong enough arm and leadership ability.
- OffenseThe Bucs have struggled all season and they are not likely to turn things around without Doug Martin, who could be out another two weeks or longer because of his shoulder injury. Mike James is a decent backup but he lacks special qualities. Vincent Jackson has the talent to make big plays, but he can’t do it by himself. Mike Williams is a decent receiver, but he is not a downfield threat.Running back Marshawn Lynch is one of the most physical backs in the league. His punishing running style weakens opposing defenses and leaves them vulnerable in the second half. Harvin is a special talent who will give the Seahawks a different dimension because of his quickness and run-after-the-catch ability. Golden Tate has power and good hands at the wide receiver position.
- DefenseThe Bucs have performed much better on the defensive side of the ball than they have on offense, but they have been troubled by big mistakes at key moments. Tampa Bay ranks 14th overall on defense, and their best player is linebacker Lavonte David, who leads the team with 60 tackles and also has 5.0 sacks. Strong safety Mark Barron has 44 tackles and three passes defensed.The Seahawks rank second overall on defense and they do it with excellent depth on their front seven and special skill in the secondary. Middle linebacker Bobby Wagner is probably the best tackler on the team and he returned from an ankle injury in the Seahawks’ Monday night win over the Rams. Cornerback Richard Sherman may be the best cover man in the NFL.
- Special TeamsThe Bucs work hard and do a decent job in punt and kickoff coverage, but they are not much of a threat to get big plays on their own returns. Rian Lindell is a good but not great kicker who has made 10-of-12 FG attempts. Michael Koenen is a solid directional punter.The Seahawks are not going to give up big plays on special teams and kick returner Jermaine Kearse has the speed to break long plays. Steven Hauschka is a dependable kicker who almost never misses. Jon Ryan is a solid directional punter.
The Seahawks have one of the best teams in the league and they take pride in their ability to dominate at home. Look for the Bucs to take a big-time beating in this game. -Steve Silverman, CBS Local Sports contributor