By Max Luckan
The “Yucs” appear to be back in Tampa, only this time without the Creamsicle uniforms. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have now lost 12 of their last 13 games under head coach Greg Schiano and appear to be regressing every single week.
On Friday, after the team’s embarrassing 31-13 loss to the Carolina Panthers, Schiano met with the Glazers, the team’s owners, and they reassured Schiano that he is still the Bucs head football coach for now, according to team sources. However, the Glazers are currently not happy with the direction the franchise is headed, but they feel that Schiano has, at this point, not done enough to warrant a firing, sources said.
This week the Bucs travel to Seattle to take on the Seahawks in what will surely be another tough matchup. Can a rookie quarterback handle the loud fans at CenturyLink Field?
Seahawks Season Record
The Seahawks currently are in possession of a 6-1 record, which is good for first place in the NFC West. As usual, the Seahawks are undefeated at home, which will make this game even tougher for the Bucs.
Seattle has impressive wins against the San Francisco 49ers and the Tennessee Titans, and their only loss came in Week 5 against the Indianapolis Colts. If they win this game, the Seahawks could widen the gap in their division and as it currently stands, are well on their way to a postseason berth.
Seahawks on Offense
Unlike the Panthers offense, which relies heavily on the performance of quarterback Cam Newton, the Seahawks offense goes as running back Marshawn Lynch goes. Currently, the Seahawks lead the league in rushing, averaging a cool 154.4 yards per game on the ground. Much of that can be attributed to Lynch, but quarterback Russell Wilson also has the ability to pick up yardage on the ground.
The Seahawks rank 22nd in the NFL in passing yards per game, but that’s because their deep threat, wide receiver Percy Harvin, has been injured and so has their other top receiver Golden Tate. It’s no secret that the Seahawks will run the football but the challenge is getting through Seattle’s tough offensive line.
Seahawks on Defense
While the Seahawks offense ranks just above average in the NFL, the defense is the second best defense in the league, allowing just an average of 282.1 yards per game. That is horrible news for the Bucs who have struggled to move the ball on offense all season long.
Cornerbacks Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner will be nightmares for Bucs rookie quarterback Mike Glennon and Seattle’s pass rush, led by defensive end Chris Clemons, should pose significant problems for the disorganized Bucs offensive line.
On top of all that the crowd noise will definitely be a factor, especially for Glennon, who is a rookie and has never played in Seattle. There isn’t really a scenario in which these matchups end favorably for the Bucs. The Seahawks are just that good.
Seahawks Players to Watch
Richard Sherman: Sherman is arguably the best cornerback in the league. He will probably be matched up with Vincent Jackson, who struggled to make an impact last week.
Russell Wilson: Obviously, containing Wilson will be a top priority for the Bucs defense. But Wilson is extremely versatile, so that will be a daunting task for defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan’s crew.
Marshawn Lynch: Lynch could easily tear apart the Bucs defense and Tampa Bay knows the Seahawks are going to give him the ball. But Lavonte David has the speed to contain Lynch. He just needs to execute his tackles.
The Seahawks lead the all-time series between these two teams 7-4, but the Bucs will again have to deal with the loud crowd in Seattle. Greg Schiano is on the hot seat, while Seahawks coach Pete Carroll appears to be enjoying life. This game could determine Schiano’s fate.
For more Bucs news and updates, visit Bucs Central.
Max Luckan lives in Tampa, FL and is a sports writer covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and NFL. Luckan has been covering the Buccaneers for a few years now. Max is a freelance writer covering all things NFL. His work can be found on Examiner.com.