- Pat Yasinskas, ESPN Staff Writer
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A weekly examination of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' quarterback play.
Rewind: Mike Glennon completed 30 of 51 passes for 275 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions in a Thursday night loss to Carolina. Glennon also was sacked three times in a game in which the Bucs couldn’t find the end zone until the fourth quarter.
Fast forward: Going to Seattle could be Glennon’s toughest test so far. The crowd noise is as loud as any stadium in the league. Perhaps more importantly, Seattle has an excellent defense, which includes one of the league’s top secondaries.
Moving parts: Glennon will be without No. 2 receiver Mike Williams, who was placed on injured reserve earlier this week. That’s going to create a big void because Williams was the next option after Vincent Jackson, and the Bucs aren’t loaded with experienced depth at receiver. It’s likely that Tiquan Underwood will move into Williams’ role. The good news here is that Underwood got most of his work with Glennon in the preseason.
Prediction: Coach Greg Schiano said Monday that the Bucs have been putting Glennon in a tough spot by having him throw too much. Schiano said he wants more balance with the running game. That may sound nice in theory, but it will be tough to make that a reality. Running back Doug Martin seems likely to miss his second straight game with a shoulder injury. That means rookie Mike James will be the primary ball carrier. If the Bucs fall behind early, Glennon could be throwing just as much as he has been in recent weeks.