It’s been a long time since our beloved boys in pewter and crimson have played a game in November as big as this weeks match up with the Seattle Seahawks.
Usually this time of year we are scanning the college rosters for our potential high draft picks. But, this year could be different-and I think it is.
We are playing a team fresh off a big win against the Eagles. We are coming off a big win against a team that hadn’t lost at home in almost two years.
Our quarterbacks are both evenly matched-Russell Wilson throwing for a few more yards (with a more seasoned Receiver corps I may add) but Jameis Winston has a higher quarterback completion rating. Both QB’s are a threat when pressured to scramble.
Both teams Special Teams struggled early but are playing improved football. The Buccaneers are getting healthy as Seattle loses it’s starting Running Back C. J. Prosise to injury.
Seattle at home has the huge advantage against virtually anybody when playing at home, with its crowd noise-“12th Man” dynamic-but this game is in Tampa. Pete Carroll has the years under his belt compared to his rival in first year Head Coach Dirk Koetter. So who really has the upper hand?
This game will come down to finishing; finishing off your opponent late, finishing your assignments, finishing your blocks, finishing your routes, and runs.
Finishing every aspect of the game like the picked over turkey carcass on my dining room table; and just like my Uncles after another Thanksgiving meal, staying hungry down the stretch.
It’s been four decades since Seattle and Tampa both came in the league and played in the AFC West (anyone under the age of 35 is checking that fact right now, but it’s true). Since then, we both have won a Super Bowl and went from misery to euphoria and back again…
We haven’t played in a meaningful game in late November in a long time, it is all about finishing and who is hungrier (no pun intended).
Seattle is in first place in their Division comfortably, Tampa is poised in striking distance of their division lead. Sunday in Tampa you may be witnesses to a trend.
Winning last week versus a playoff team like Kansas City at home could be chalked up as a fluke, however, winning this weekend would be considered a trend. Beating the Chargers in San Diego, a stadium we haven’t won in since we won the Super Bowl there in 2002, would be considered a way of life; being winners.
If, Tampa can take care of the ball and limit the turnovers against a hawkish Secondary, I like our odds. The Buccaneers you see need this win, Seattle really doesn’t. They will be coming off a long flight with vestiges of trytophan in them from the holiday, and this will stack up to a Bucs victory. Prediction, Bucs win 27-21.
This game for us has meaning. Could it be a new day in Tampa Bay?