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Tampa Bay’s Morning Krewe

Weekdays 5:30AM - 10:00AM

The Bucs loss last week against the Titans was a tough pill to swallow.  The team didn’t play well and they should’ve scored a touchdown on a fumble recovery in the 4th quarter, but the refs blew the play dead. Yes, we felt like that non-fumble call was the difference between a win or a loss.  Yes, the Bucs would’ve been leading by 3 with 3:45 to go in the game, but who knows what would’ve happened after that. Yes, it stinks the refs took the game out the Bucs hands, but we have to move on. The Bucs are 2-5 and are playing another road game in Seattle against the 6-2 Seahawks.  I keep saying it, but it is a must win game if they want any chance at a successful season.  Here are 3 things to look at while watching the game on Sunday at 4:05.

1 – Russell Wilson. The Seahawks quarterback has only thrown 1 interception this season and if the Bucs have any chance of winning this game they have to stop Wilson from having a big game. The Bucs secondary is still a problem, so look for the Seahawks to air the ball out all game long. The Bucs have done very well against the run and they lead the league in that category.  They only give up 69 yards rushing per game, but are second to last in passing yards allowed per game giving up 286 yards per game. This is where the Seahawks will exploit the Bucs on defense.

2 – Jameis Winston. He threw 2 interceptions and lost 2 fumbles (one wasn’t his fault) in the game against the Titans. Head coach, Bruce Arians, came out in support of Winston after the game saying, “Jameis did not throw one damn interception that was his fault…His receivers let him down today. Guys stopped routes that were supposed to be going down the middle.” So, the coach has his back, but how much longer can these turnovers go on? Something has to be done and the first step, even though it is Week 9, is to stop turning the ball over. I don’t care if it is his fault or not. Also, there are way too many penalties by the Bucs.

3 – The Seahawks Defense. If Jameis and the offense can stop turning the ball over there will be an opportunity to score points on the Seattle defense. They give up almost 25 points a game, so if the Bucs can get the ground game and air game going it will give them every chance to win the game. The Seahawks run defense also gives up 103 yards a game, so the Bucs need to be able to establish the run, which is absolutely possible against the Seahawks. Jameis Winston was their leading rusher last week against the Titans, so Ronald Jones II and Peyton Barber need to have a good game running the ball.