Seattle Seahawks opponent preview: Tampa Bay

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Kenneth Walker III, Seattle Seahawks.

The Seattle Seahawks vacation to Munich for a matchup with Tampa Bay. Seattle will check out to keep their 1 1/2 sport lead in the division at the NFL’s 1st video game in Germany.

7 days 10 sees the Seattle Seahawks traveling throughout the US and Atlantic Ocean to engage in the NFL’s first-ever match in Germany. At the very least as the “visitor” on Sunday, this video game does not consider away a property game from the Seahawks.

Something that is a bit head-scratching is the simple fact that Vegas has the Buccaneers as a 2.5-point preferred. The Seattle Seahawks are 6-3 in 2022 and are on a 4-video game get streak. Meanwhile, Tampa Bay is 4-5 and coming off a comeback acquire against the Rams.

Oh well, allow every person continue to keep sleeping on Seattle.

Slowing Down

The Bucs’ offense has not been nearly as dynamic as it was the past few of seasons. There are lots of good reasons for their decline.

Rob Gronkowski retired. Tom Brady is 45 years outdated, and father time is creeping up on him, not to mention the individual concerns he’s heading by. Then there are accidents. 

Each individual NFL staff will get hit with accidents. With Tampa Bay being a little bit of an older group and relying so much on their veterans, accidents compelled them to use far more inexperienced gamers. And they didn’t have practically as stellar of a draft class as the Seattle Seahawks did this earlier 12 months.

A significant examination for Seattle’s youthful corners

Tampa Bay employs one particular of the NFL’s ideal and greatest broad receivers, Mike Evans. The 6’5″ 4-time Professional Bowl choice is aware of how to use that measurement to his edge.

In the meantime, Seattle’s 6’4″ rookie cornerback Tariq Woolen is a single of the swiftest DBs in the league. A thing that is effective to Woolen’s benefit is he will get to practice regularly in opposition to a big extensive receiver, D.K. Metcalf.

That leaves the Seahawks’ other rookie corner Coby Bryant to include just one of Chris Godwin, Breshad Perryman, or Julio Jones. Absolutely not an easy matchup for him against any of people receivers.

The Seattle offense will roll

A single issue that hasn’t fallen off for Tampa Bay is their protection. Their D is ranked ninth total.

1 detail that has altered is the Buccaneers’ operate defense isn’t virtually as vaunted as it has been. They rank 23rd at 125.2 dashing yards per match. 

Seahawks rookie jogging back again Kenneth Walker III really should be equipped to proceed cooking on the floor. His recent enjoy has been essential to the offense’s accomplishment.

However, Tampa’s pass protection is rated 10th in complete passing yards. Additional especially, they are rated fifth in passing yards per video game at 187.8.

A thing for Geno Smith to recall is that Tampa Bay is rated 13th, letting opposing QBs to complete 62.8% of their passes. So, this game will be a hard examination for the Seattle Seahawks’ aerial assault.

Final Ideas

As prolonged as the Seahawks can acclimate their interior entire body clocks to Germany’s time, they really should have no challenge profitable this recreation. Tampa Bay has the worst speeding crew in the NFL. But that doesn’t signify the Seattle Seahawks should neglect about that aspect.

If the Seattle Seahawks hold carrying out what they’ve been performing the past number of months, they will be the initially NFL group to earn a sport in Germany one particular significantly less accolade Tom Brady can declare.