Two teams trending in dramatically different directions will square off late Sunday afternoon as the 2-5 Buccaneers head west to take on the 6-2 Seattle Seahawks.
Though the Bucs record indicates they have had a bad year, there has been a lot of bad luck and untimely turnovers that have put them where they are. Jameis Winston can be awesome, but can also be brutal during certain stretches. His turnovers have hurt the Bucs lately, though expect a better and more focused Winston this week against Seattle’s secondary.
For the Seahawks, they’re an impressive 6-2 in a competitive NFC West division, and continue to win games almost single-handedly due to the play of their elite quarterback, MVP candidate Russell Wilson. He’s in the midst of another career year, and though the whole team performance seems unsustainable, it’s been impressive watching him perform this season. Still though, the Seahawks might be a tad worse than their record would indicate, and their performance down the stretch is definitely something worth monitoring.
As a result, this should be a pretty intriguing matchup. The Bucs are not a 2-5 team and have to be seething after yet another frustrating defeat last week, while regression looms large for the 6-2 Seahawks. Something has gotta give here in Week 9, and we’ve got your betting needs covered. Read on below the odds for a detailed game analysis and betting prediction for the Bucs/Seahawks.
Buccaneers vs. Seahawks Betting Odds:
Tampa Bay Buccaneers +5 (-106)
@ Seattle Seahawks -5 (-114)
Over 52 (-110)
Under 52 (-110)
Buccaneers vs. Seahawks Pick:
Seattle enters Week 9 with a stellar 6-2 record, but there are many signs that things could get worse from here on out. For starters, a key injury to their star center Justin Britt is going to make things much tougher on Russell Wilson and the rest of the Seattle offensive line. With Britt being lost for the season, the Seahawks’ offensive line grades out very poorly now and is legitimately a weakness for this offense going forward.
This is not good news with Tampa Bay and their ferocious defensive front coming to town. With Ndamukong Suh and Vita Vea paired together in the middle, there will be plenty of openings to rush this offensive line and generate all kinds of pressure on Russell Wilson. You also can’t diminish the presence of Jason Pierre-Paul or Shaq Barrett on the Bucs’ defense either. That duo will also help suffocate Wilson, leaving him very little time and space in the pocket.
Tampa has a huge advantage here and it will be fascinating to see if Russell Wilson can escape this. The Bucs boast such an impressive defensive front, and should be able to completely stifle Seattle’s run game and force Wilson into drop-back passing situations regularly. As good as he has been in 2019, I’d expect him to struggle a tad on Sunday.
On the other side of the ball, expect Jameis Winston to try and make a concerted effort to not turn the ball over as much. He was brutal with this last week and cost his squad the game, but this week could, and very much should be different.
The Seahawks’ boast a terrible secondary at the moment and that has to be worrisome for Pete Caroll with Chris Godwin and Mike Evans looming. Both players are elite at their position and will hold decisive matchup advantages on Sunday afternoon. Additionally, Tampa is getting healthy at the right time, as their offensive line is now fully intact once again. Their blocking and protection should improve, and Winston will have more time to operate from the pocket.
Yes, the Bucs do enter this week a 2-5 team but they’ve played much better. They also match up really well against the overrated Seahawks, and with Seattle having the Niners on deck, there could be a big lookahead aspect to their performance on Sunday. Tampa Bay is a sharp play for Week 9 and it makes a ton of sense. Expect them to cover the spread, and don’t be shocked if they finally string things together and pull off the upset victory. Enjoy the game, folks!