Seattle Needs To Keep Guard Up Against Desperate Buccaneers
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By Matthew Asher
It doesn’t matter how ugly it was, a win is a win. After narrowly defeating the Sam Bradford-less St. Louis Rams, Seattle takes on the 0-7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers for what should be considered their second trap game in a row.
The Bucs offense is one of the worst in the league and they rank either at the very bottom or the bottom 10 in every meaningful category. Tampa Bay’s 14.3 points per game and 297.7 yards of total offense are both the second worst in the league, just in front of the Jacksonville Jaguars in both stats.
Tampa’s passing attack averages only 204.1 yards per game, in the bottom 10 of the league ranking 26th overall. Lots of this has to do with Josh Freeman being traded to Minnesota a few weeks back, but it’s still a terrible amount of yards.
Since taking over at quarterback for the Bucs a few weeks ago, Mike Glennon has done a mediocre job. While he hasn’t won any games, you can’t blame him for the team’s troubles. He’s completed 58.6 percent of his throws for 997 yards, six touchdowns and three interceptions for a quarterback rating of 78.0.
The one bright spot for the Bucs, at least by comparison, is their rushing attack. The 93.6 yards per game ranks them 21st in the league, but it’s their only offensive statistic to not be in the bottom 10. But it’s probably about to get worse for the Bucs.
Doug Martin is the leading rusher on the team by far with 127 rushes for 456 yards and one touchdown. With a shoulder injury suffered against the Falcons two weeks ago, the Muscle Hamster is out for a few weeks. Mike James is now the starter and has only ran the ball 27 times for 96 yards and no touchdowns.
Only three Bucs have caught more than 20 passes and have more than 200 receiving yards. Vincent Jackson leads the team in receptions, yards and touchdown catches with 41, 623 and four, respectively. Mike Williams has 22 catches for 216 yards and two touchdowns. Timothy Wright is just behind Williams with 20 receptions, 201 yards and one touchdown.
Tampa’s defensive statistics are much better than their offensive ones, but that’s not much of a compliment. The Bucs give up 23.3 points a game, 338.4 total yards which are the 18th and 14th best in the league, respectively. Out of the total yards, 243.9 yards come through the air, ranking 19th in the league. The one true bright spot for Tampa Bay is their rushing defense, which gives up only 94.6 yards on the ground each game, the only top 10 ranking at seventh.
So while this looks like another walk in the park for the ‘Hawks, just remember how close St. Louis came to handing Seattle its second loss of the season. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. PDT.
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Matthew Asher is a freelance journalist. From an early age, sports have played a major role in his life. He graduated from Emory University with a B.A. in Journalism. After college he spent 2 years working with CNN Sports and still occasionally writes sports articles for several publications both in the United States and Canada. His work can be found on Examiner.com.