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David Dorey
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WEEK 9 CIN at MIA (THU) KC at BUF PIT at NE CHI at GB (MON)
ATL at CAR MIN at DAL SD at WAS On Bye:
BAL at CLE NO at NYJ TB at SEA ARI, DEN, DET
*UPDATED IND at HOU PHI at OAK TEN at STL JAC, NYG, SF

Prediction: TB 6, SEA 34 (Line: SEA by 17)

The 0-7 Buccaneers head to Seattle looking for the trap game of the year even though the defense has allowed exactly 31 points to each of the last three opponents. The 7-1 Seahawks are on a three game winning streak and eked out a win in St. Louis. They are 3-0 at home and not interested in any trap game.

1 @NYJ 17-18 10 MIA -
2 NO 14-16 11 ATL -
3 @NE 3-23 12 @DET -
4 ARI 10-13 13 @CAR -
5 BYE WEEK 14 BUF -
6 PHI 20-31 15 SF -
7 @ATL 23-31 16 @STL -
8 CAR 13-31 17 @NO -
9 @SEA - ----- ----- -----
News | Statistics | Roster
TB @ SEA Rush Catch Pass
QB Mike Glennon 200
QB Josh McCown 250,2
RB Mike James 40 4-20
WR Vincent Jackson 7-50
TE Timothy Wright 6-50
PK Rian Lindell 2 FG

Pregame Notes: As if losing Doug Martin wasn't enough, now the Buccaneers have lost Mike Williams for the rest of the year. Saddled with an offense that is getting worse, just where the Bucs will get that first win is hard to judge though week 11 at home against Atlanta seems like the most obvious choice. Playing on the road in Seattle means hoping to get plentiful trash time and yardage just like the Jags were afforded there.

QUARTERBACKS: Mike Glennon may not be winning games, but he's been better than Josh Freeman. Glennon's thrown for at least one score in every game and remained above 250 yards for the last three weeks. He also hasn't turned the ball over in the last two weeks. Glennon is not a difference maker but he's not the reason why the Buccaneers are still winless. He may look like he belongs on a High School basketball team, but Glennon has earned his start and is meeting expectations.

This will only be Glennon's second road game, the first was in Atlanta.

RUNNING BACKS: Doug Martin remains out with his shoulder injury that may or may not be a torn labrum and that will see him return in only two weeks to two months. Bottom line he is not coming back this week and likely not for a while. Mike James ran for 39 yards on ten carries in the loss to the Panthers but he added four catches for 25 yards. He's not really any worse than Martin and is limited in carries so far. That's probably not going to change in Seattle unless the Seahawks once again lose interest as they did against the Jaguars.

WIDE RECEIVERS: Mike Williams suffered a torn hamstring and is likely lost for the season. That gives Tiquan Underwood a chance to do something and he ended with 47 yards on three catches last week. Vincent Jackson comes off three straight great games but losing Williams could have an effect on him from the coverage being more concerned with him than Underwood. Heading into Seattle this week looks particularly dim. HC Greg Schiano already confirmed that Underwood will become the new #2 receiver and that Chris Osuwu becomes the #3.

TIGHT ENDS: Timothy Wright scored his first NFL touchdown last week when he caught five passes for 48 yards and he also turned in 91 yards on seven catches against the Eagles. But both of those were in home games and so far he's been a nonfactor away from Tampa Bay. Wright should see at least a minor uptick in passes with Williams out.

MATCH TO THE DEFENSE: Let's not waste bandwidth here. The Seahawks have not allowed a passing touchdown to any visitor this year. No one passed for more than 235 yards and all had at least two interceptions. All you could possibly hope for here is a trash time touchdown by Mike James and that's too risky to consider.

WHAT TO WATCH: The biggest relative weakness of the Seahawks is against tight ends and it would be good to see what Wright looks like in such a hostile venue.

RANKS (1-32, 1 = BEST) TEAM QB RB WR TE PK DEF
Gaining Fantasy Points TB 29 25 21 28 30 25
Preventing Fantasy Points SEA 1 6 3 11 8 15

 

1 @CAR 12-7 10 @ATL -
2 SF 29-3 11 MIN -
3 JAC 45-17 12 BYE WEEK
4 @HOU 23-20 13 NO -
5 @IND 28-34 14 @SF -
6 TEN 20-13 15 @NYG -
7 @ARI 34-22 16 ARI -
8 @STL 14-9 17 STL -
9 TB - ----- ----- -----
News | Statistics | Roster
SEA vs TB Rush Catch Pass
QB Terrelle Pryor 50 220,2
QB Russell Wilson 30 230,1
RB Marshawn Lynch 90,2 3-30
WR Jermaine Kearse 2-40
TE Zach Miller 2-20
PK Steven Hauschka 2 FG 4 XP

Pregame Notes: Seattle squeaked past the Rams and now returns home to start a ridiculous stretch of the schedule with the Buccaneers, Falcons and then Vikings. The season will be determined after the week 12 bye and these easier matchups can be scary because the Seahawks are not above playing down to their opponents level as they just did in St. Louis.

QUARTERBACKS: Russell Wilson was battered on Monday and sacked seven times by the Rams but it was a winning effort and his 139 yards and two scores were all they needed. Back at home, Wilson has been worse since the game doesn't often demand a big effort from him and any double digit points probably beat the Buccaneers. The passing yardage remains low here but at least Wilson threw five scores over the last two games - both on the road.

RUNNING BACKS: In St. Louis, the Seahawks seemed like they did not know they were going to play until 20 minutes before kickoff. It was inspired defense by the Rams and flat ugly offense by Seattle. Marshawn Lynch only gained 23 yards on eight carries ending a string of high yardage games and touchdowns. Back at home this week should be much better and his two games that contained two scores were both at home. Lynch will want to bounce back after that near-fiasco against the Rams. Lynch had been turning in around 100+ total yards and a score in most recent games. Lynch was visibly angry and frustrated on the sideline in the St. Louis game. Expect the Seahawks to turn that frown upside down this week.

WIDE RECEIVERS: Sidney Rice injured his knee and may have been concussed on Monday so I will hold him out of projections for now. There are some reports that he has torn his ACL. This is still a highly inconsistent, mostly unproductive unit. Golden Tate scored twice on the Rams and gained a season high 93 yards not counting the stupid taunting penalty. But Tate only scored in one other game this year and his worst efforts have all been in home games. There are no reliable starters here other than Tate and his marginal yardage.

TIGHT ENDS: No fantasy value here. Zach Miller scored in Arizona and had five catches for 40 yards but that was sandwiched by two games that totaled three catches for 21 yards.

MATCH TO THE DEFENSE: The Buccaneers have always allowed at least one or more passing scores every game along with healthy though never huge yardage. They have only allowed one rusher to score though and that was just last week. Then again, the Buccaneers have not played against any decent running backs besides LeSean McCoy who ran for 116 yards and added 55 yards as a receiver. All of the Seahawks are marginal starts in any game other than Lynch who is due for a big game. There will be points but forecasting who might score them beyond Lynch is too risky.

WHAT TO WATCH: Marshawn Lynch should bounce back after his terrible showing against the Rams. He opened the year with a 43 yards effort in Carolina and then returned home to rack up 135 yards and three touchdowns on the 49ers.

RANKS (1-32, 1 = BEST) TEAM QB RB WR TE PK DEF
Gaining Fantasy Points SEA 10 18 23 24 7 5
Preventing Fantasy Points TB 23 18 16 18 24 16

WEEK 9 CIN at MIA (THU) KC at BUF PIT at NE CHI at GB (MON)
ATL at CAR MIN at DAL SD at WAS On Bye:
BAL at CLE NO at NYJ TB at SEA ARI, DEN, DET
*UPDATED IND at HOU PHI at OAK TEN at STL JAC, NYG, SF


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