The Seahawks keep on finding ways to win games, but it is becoming a growing concern that they are struggling to beat some of their opponents. The defense allowed 200 yards rushing for the second week in a row and the offense continues to get off to slow starts.
A win is a win, but the Seahawks need to stick to their strength on offense, the running game, until Percy Harvin is healthy enough to contribute to their anemic passing attack. Seattle improves to 8-1 and stays in the driver's seat for the No. 1 seed in the NFC's playoff race.
Tampa Bay - 24
Seattle - 27
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vs. Buccaneers Week 9
Pass Offense: Russell Wilson has once again shown just how dynamic he is, with his ability to escape oncoming rushers and throw the ball under duress. After throwing for just 28 yards in the first half, Wilson led his team to three scoring drives and finished the day with 217 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Doug Baldwin improved his play after two dropped passes and made five catches for 75 yards and a score.
Run Offense: Seattle leaned on its running game more in the second half, which created more room for Wilson to throw. Marshawn Lynch had 125 yards, leading Seattle's rushing attack with 198 yards in the game. Wilson had the lone rushing touchdown for Seattle and had 39 yards of his own.
Pass Defense: Rookie quarterback Mike Glennon threw for just 44 yards in the second half and in overtime, which partially explains the abysmal performance of Tampa Bay's offense. Glennon got off to a solid start, but Seattle's pass rush proved to be an issue for him. Seattle had three sacks and two tackles for a loss. Once again, the Seahawks' secondary stepped up when it needed to.
Run Defense: The more concerning issue with the defense is that it allowed 200-plus yards rushing in two consecutive games. Mike James ran for 158 yards to lead his team, but couldn't do enough to keep the chains moving consistently.
Special Teams: Golden Tate made an important 71-yard punt return to set up a 36-yard field goal by Steven Hauschka. Hauschka made two field goals in the game, including a 27-yard game-winner in overtime. Jon Ryan only had to punt the ball twice, but he averaged 42.5 yards per punt and the coverage team allowed no returns. Other than the fumble by Jermaine Kearse, it was a quality day for the special teams unit.
Coaching: The coaching staff has several issues that need to be addressed. They have struggled mightily in games against inferior opponents with backup quarterbacks in two straight games, and both the offense and defense have left a lot to be desired.
Pass Offense: The offensive line hasn't been particularly bad, but the lack of a playmaker at receiver and the inexplicable removal of Marshawn Lynch for two drives caused problems for Seattle. Russell Wilson has completed four of his eight pass attempts for 28 yards, a touchdown and an interception. Doug Baldwin had back-to-back drops on what should have been easy receptions. The Seahawks need to let the running game take over.
Run Offense: Marshawn Lynch started off the first drive with four carries for 43 yards before Wilson threw an interception. For whatever reason Robert Turbin was inserted into the lineup on the ensuing drives. Turbin has five carries for 21 yards and Lynch has 50 yards on six totes. Wilson has tacked on 26 yards on scrambles.
Pass Defense: The "Legion of Boom" has not been its dominant self, giving up several big completions. Tampa Bay has three passing touchdowns, two from Mike Glennon and one from Mike James. Glennon has 124 yards and has completed 10 of 11 pass attempts. The Seahawks haven't gotten any consistent pressure on the Glennon through the half.
Run Defense: What was thought to be an anomaly of run-defense performance on Monday night is proving to be a trend. Mike James has rushed for 82 yards, and the Buccaneers have 94 yards on the ground. The Seahawks' once stout run defense has been lackluster for the second week in a row.
Special Teams: Jermaine Kearse had a costly fumble on a kickoff return after the Buccaneers' second touchdown. The fumble led to a quick score for Tampa Bay and a 21-point lead. The kickoff unit would have given up an onside kick recovery, too, if not for an offsides call. Otherwise, Kearse is averaging 26 yards per return and the coverage units have done a solid job of stopping any would-be returns.
Coaching: The decision to go away from the running game is questionable, especially after Lynch started the day averaging more than 10 yards per carry. The defense has to put more pressure on the rookie quarterback and force him into making some errors. Glennon is having an easy go of it so far. The Seahawks have been a very good second-half team this year, it's time to see if they can pull out another late victory.