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Each week, our own Ronnie Lane will share his thoughts on the upcoming Tampa Bay Buccaneers game. This week, Lane dives into the 0-7 Bucs - 7-1 Seahawks matchup, which can be heard locally on WDAE 620am/95.3fm and WFUS 103.5fm, with the Auto Owners Insurance Pre-Game Show hosted by Ronnie Lane and Anthony Becht beginning at 1:30pm.
By Ronnie Lane
The Seattle Seahawks are going to prove to be a very formidable opponent for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers today.
For one reason, this team has won 11 consecutive games at CenturyLink Field, another is their dynamic quarterback, Russell Wilson, who Coach Schiano told us he believes is the most accurate deep-passer while on the run in the National Football League. So, yes, he is very, very dangerous and he already, although he has only played 1-1/2 seasons in the NFL, owns eight fourth quarter comebacks. Yeah, he's tough.
Oh and by the way, they also have an all-world running back in Marshawn Lynch. Lynch is the third-leading rusher in the National Football League coming into today's game against Tampa Bay.
So you see, the Bucs have their work cut out for them this afternoon. The defense will have to tighten up and make the big plays, and for God's sake, they have to be disciplined, they have to be precise with their assignments. And most of all, whoever has the containment on Russell Wilson has to make sure they have that contain in place or it will be much worse than what Cam Newton did to the Buccaneers last week.
I'm just saying...
On paper it looks like a complete mismatch, but keep in mind the Seahawks are without both of their starting offensive tackles, they are without two wideouts - unless Percy Harvin can somehow return for this game, Sidney Rice is out for the season after tearing his ACL in that Monday Night game so he's out.
But they still have a very solid defense, ranked third in the NFL. And the secondary? The one they call "The Legion of Boom?" It's exactly right: huge, physical corners led by Richard Sherman, and their safeties aren't bad either. Every one of those guys that is starting in the secondary has been a Pro Bowler or All-Pro that last couple of years. So you see, the Seahawks have tons of credentials and they're off to one of the franchise's best starts - 7-1.
They are not to be taken lightly, despite the fact they went into St. Louis and struggled Monday night. There are a couple of reasons for that, and I gave you a couple: they are missing the tackles, which is why they could not protect Wilson the way that they would have liked to.
But here's the telling part, the Buccaneers have a hard time scoring and the Seahawks have one of the best scoring defenses in the National Football League, so this could get ugly.
However, I don't think it will. Due to the injuries the Seahawks have suffered, the Bucs will be able to stay reasonably close, but I don't know how they will be able to pull out a win on the road at Seattle, where the "12th Man" is crazier than ever.
There's one stadium louder, Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, so this is the second-loudest venue in the NFL and trust me, they get crazy. If you've never been to CenturyLink Field or watched the Seahawks play in Seattle, you can't understand what I'm talking about; it gets to a frenzy there.
So let's see what happens this afternoon. I think the Bucs will lose this game, but I can't even give you a scoring prediction on this game, it's so out of whack with the Bucs' injuries and the Seahawks' injuries - I have no clue. I just think the Seahawks will win, but I think the Bucs will cover, the spread is about 17 points, I think it will be less than that.
That's the best I can do for you on the Bucs Lane this football Sunday. Thanks for reading!
The way I see it - Bucs lose by less than 17 points.