Saturday, November 2, 2013
By Pat Yasinskas
Three things to watch in Sunday’s game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Seattle Seahawks:
Mike Glennon against the "12th Man": Seattle is known as one of the toughest venues in the NFL, and it won’t be any easy place for a rookie quarterback making just his fifth career start. Coach Greg Schiano said he wants to cut down the number of pass attempts by Glennon, who has been averaging 45 per game. The Seahawks rank third in the league in pass defense, so it might be wise to not have Glennon throw very much.
Mike James and the running game: Doug Martin is likely to be out for the second straight game with a shoulder injury. That means an increased workload for rookie Mike James. In the previous game against Carolina, James never really got on track. Like the Panthers, the Seahawks are likely to try to stack the box. James needs more help from his offensive line than he received against Carolina.
The slumping defense: The Bucs have given up 31 points in each of their past three games. The secondary has been giving up some big plays, and the Bucs had a tough time containing Carolina quarterback Cam Newton. Seattle’s Russell Wilson also is a very mobile quarterback, and he’s complemented by running back Marshawn Lynch. Tampa Bay’s run defense is ranked No. 7 in the league. But Seattle might be the best running team the Bucs have faced this season.