The Tampa Bay Buccaneers play the Seattle Seahawks at 4:05 p.m. ET today, in a couple of hours. The Bucs want to get to the top of the NFC South, while the Seahawks want to remain on top of the NFC West. It’s a high stakes game that should be pretty exciting.
The problem the Bucs face is that the Seahawks are, objectively, a much better team. Seattle has been a perennial playoff team for half a decade now, while the Bucs haven’t gotten to the postseason since the 2007 season. More importantly, Tampa Bay is only 5-5 and simply hasn’t been playing as well as the Seahawks have.
That could change today, but the Bucs will somehow have to overcome their home field disadvantage, as they’re 1-4 in Tampa this season. There doesn’t appear to be a causal relationship there, but it’s certainly concerning.
Most notably, the Bucs will have to find a way to stop Russell Wilson. The veteran quarterback gets more productive every year, and always finds ways to escape out of trouble and find his receivers down the field, even though he’s rarely had an impressive receiving corps. That’s a challenge for a Bucs team that often struggles to contain mobile quarterbacks.
Ultimately, I think the Bucs lose their fifth home game of the year. It should be competitive, and it should be somewhat high scoring, but the Seahawks are too good of a team to expect a win. So I say Seattle 30, Tampa Bay 24.