Keys to the Seahawks-Buccaneers game
It starts up front
Seattle wasn’t pleased with the play of either of its lines in Monday’s 14-9 win at St. Louis. The offense allowed seven sacks and the defense allowed 200 yards rushing, each season highs. Defensive players said the issues were largely overrunning plays and not being in the proper position, something that was an emphasis this week in practice. The offensive line, meanwhile, continues to play undermanned but has to get better play at the tackle spots, in particular. The Bucs, though, don’t offer the same kind of pass rushers the Rams did.
Muted rivalry on the corners
Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman and Tampa Bay cornerback Darrelle Revis had a well-publicized Twitter spat in the offseason about who is the better player. Given a chance to expand on that feud this week, though, each demurred, instead touting the abilities of the other. Still, you can bet each will want to put on a show Sunday, knowing the other is watching. Revis says he is getting healthy after coming off a knee injury, and could play more man coverage than he has in other games this season. Watch for him to try to shadow Golden Tate, who will be counted on for even more production now that Sidney Rice is out.
Feeding the beast
othing more aptly illustrated Seattle’s offensive woes last week than the eight carries for 23 yards of Marshawn Lynch, numbers that each were his lowest in more than two years. Lynch was limited in practice this week with a knee injury. Still, foremost among Seattle’s goals Sunday will be to get the running game going, and especially Lynch, as the team begins the second half of the season. It was at this point a year ago that the running game really picked up. Lynch had 100 yards or more rushing in six of the last eight games in 2012.