Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Marshawn Lynch

W2W4: Buccaneers-Seahawks

November, 2, 2013
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.
TAMPA, Fla. – Defensive tackle Gerald McCoy might be the most gregarious member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. So it’s no surprise that came up with a wild comparison while holding court with the media on Wednesday afternoon.

McCoy was asked what it would be like to go out to Seattle and get a win against the Seahawks on Sunday.

“I’ve never done it. But it will be like walking in someone else’s house, punching them in the face and then turning to watch “Family Matters.’’ They wanted to watch “The Voice.’’. You want to watch “Breaking Bad.’’ So you go in and punch them in the face and you’re like “We’re watching “Breaking Bad.’’ I’ve never physically done that but going into somebody’s stadium, especially like this, that’s what it’s going to be like.’’

It’s nice to know that McCoy never has done the act he described above. But, just in case McCoy’s imaginary scenario didn’t give you the full picture, here’s a little more straight-forward description.

“Think about this: You’re going into a stadium that’s supposed to be the hardest place in the NFL to play in,’’ McCoy said. “They’re setting all these sound-barrier records. They’ve got this dominant defense. They’ve got this up-and-coming star at quarterback (Russell Wilson), an established star (Marshawn Lynch) at running back. They’re hot right now. They’re angry off of the performance they just put up on “Monday Night Football.’’ So everybody’s expecting them to beat us down. We love it. You love to go into an environment like that because when you go in there and you withstand that punch and you fight back, then everybody’s like, 'Woa, this team might have something.'’’