NFL Nation: 2013 Week 9 TB at SEA Rapid Reaction
November, 3, 2013
By Terry Blount | ESPN.com
SEATTLE -- A few thoughts on the Seattle Seahawks' 27-24 overtime victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday at Century Link Field:
What it means: That the Seahawks' magic act continues in finding a way to win when all seems lost. Sunday was the first time in franchise history Seattle has rallied to win from a 21-point deficit, trailing 21-0 in the first half. It was Seattle's second OT victory this season.
Stock watch: The Seattle run defense was awful again with loads of missed tackles, but it stiffened when it mattered the most late in the game. And the offensive line had its best effort since the two starting tackles have been out.
Beast Mode was back: After getting only eight carries for 23 yards at St. Louis on Monday night, Marshawn Lynch was back, rushing for 125 yards on 21 carries, including 44 on six carries in the OT drive to win it.
Tate was golden: A 71-yard punt return by Golden Tate looked like a Lynch Beast Mode run when Tate broke at least five tackles along the way, an emotional turning point in the game late in the third quarter.
What's next: The Seahawks play at Atlanta, the place where the season ended last year when the Falcons kicked a game-winning field goal in the final second of the NFC playoff game. But the 2013 Falcons (2-6) may be the most disappointing team in the NFL. Seattle is 4-1 on the road this season.
November, 3, 2013
By Pat Yasinskas | ESPN.com
A few thoughts on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ 27-24 overtime loss to the Seattle Seahawks:
What it means: Did you really think the result was going to be any different? Even when the Bucs had leads of 21-0 and 24-7? Of course not. If you’ve followed Tampa Bay this season, you knew a second-half collapse was coming, and it did. The Bucs squandered a shot to beat one of the NFL’s best teams in one of the league’s loudest stadiums. Instead, they’re 0-8 and at a new low point.
Schiano Watch: There already has been plenty of speculation about coach Greg Schiano’s future. That’s only going to intensify now. The Bucs got conservative once they got the lead. And, once again, Schiano and his staff failed to make the proper halftime adjustments. I’m sure ownership is hesitant to make a coaching change at midseason. But one might be seriously pondered after a loss like this.
Historic moment: The come-from-behind victory was the largest in Seattle history. The previous largest comeback was from 20 points against Denver in 1995.
Wasting a big day: Playing in place of the injured Doug Martin, rookie Mike James rushed for 158 yards and also threw a touchdown pass. But none of that really mattered because the Bucs lost.
Stock rising: Second-year safety Mark Barron had perhaps his best game ever. He had a big interception in the first half and was very active all game.
What’s next: The Bucs will host the Miami Dolphins on Nov. 11 on "Monday Night Football."
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