The Tampa Bay Buccaneers seem to be turning their season around after beating the reigning Super Bowl champs in the Rams after an electric game-winning drive led by Tom Brady. The Buccaneers now go overseas to Germany and take on the Seattle Seahawks in an international game. Tampa Bay will look to build up a new win streak by handing the Seahawks their first loss in four games.
The Bucs have a lot of things going for them heading into this game. The defense has been playing well recently and they will look to continue their success against Seattle quarterback Geno Smith, who is known for his passing and scrambling ability. This can be troublesome for opposing defenses because it means one missed tackle could lead to a conversion of downs or a big gain. Smith has made big strides in his passing ability this season. His current completion percentage of 73.1% on the season is a career high and ranks first in the league. When Smith is on his game, he can be very dangerous for opponents and should be the buccaneers number one priority.
Seattle is very dangerous in their running game too. With running back Kenneth Walker, who is averaging 5.1 yards per carry this season, the Seahawks have a good mixture of power and speed in their offense. When opposing defenses focus on stopping one area, the Seahawks will find another way to hurt them.
The Buccaneer’s have allowed the ninth most rushing yards in the league this season, so they will have to be especially careful with Walker. Like most running backs, he becomes even more dangerous as the game goes on because of the wear-and-tear on the defense. The Bucs will have to focus their efforts on containing Walker, while not letting him get into the second level of the defense.
The Buccaneers could abandon the run early on in the game but shouldn’t be too quick to do so. They should look to establish the run against the Seahawks who have allowed the fourth most rushing yards in the NFL. If the Buccaneers can convert on short yardage runs and keep the clock moving, they will put themselves in a good position to win. This is especially important because the Buccaneers will need to keep Smith and the Seahawks offense off of the field.
Although this will be a tough matchup, the Buccaneers have shown signs that they are finally turning things around after their slow start. The key to winning this game will be containing Geno Smith and playing tough defense in their own end. If the Buccaneers can keep the Seahawks under 20 points, there is a good chance that they can come out on top in this matchup.