Defense meets offense when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-5, 2-3 Home) face the Seattle Seahawks (6-3, 3-2 Away) at Allianz Arena on Sunday. The Buccaneers are 2.5-point favorites, and the total is 44.5.
Seattle is coming off a 31-21 win over the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium last Sunday, their fourth straight victory. Geno Smith was 26 of 34 for 275 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. Kenneth Walker III ran 26 times for 109 yards and two touchdowns.
Noah Fant caught five passes for 96 yards. Tampa Bay beat the Los Angeles Rams 16-13 at Raymond James Stadium last Sunday. Tom Brady threw for 280 yards and a touchdown. Rachaad White carried eight times for 27 yards. Cade Otton scored once. He caught five receptions for 68 yards.
The teams are meeting in the regular season for the first time since November 2019, a 40-34 win for the Seahawks.
TALE OF THE TAPE
The Seahawks are averaging 26.8 points per game for the season, fourth in the NFL, and they are facing a Buccaneers defense that has surrendered 18.2 PPG (5th). Meanwhile, Tampa Bay has scored 18.0 points a game this season, 25th in the league, and Seattle is allowing 24.4 PPG (22nd).
The Seahawks rank 14th in the league in passing yards per game (244.3) and 10th in rushing (133.8), while the Buccaneers are sixth in passing yards allowed per game (208.4) and 23rd against the run (125.2).
Tampa Bay has been one of the league’s top passing teams, averaging 283.0 passing yards per game (5th), while ranking 32nd in rushing yards (60.7). The Seahawks are allowing 245.8 passing yards (21st) and 138.7 rushing yards per game (27th). Tampa Bay ranks as one of the weakest red zone threats in the NFL, scoring a touchdown on just 44% (30th) of the team’s possessions inside the 20.
Through nine games, Geno Smith has thrown for 15 touchdowns (4 INT) and 244.3 yards per game to lead Seattle in passing. In five games away from home this season, he has nine TDs (3 INT) and an average of 254.0 yards passing.
Kenneth Walker III leads the team in rushing with an average of 71.3 yards a game over eight games. He has seven touchdowns on the ground. Tyler Lockett is the Seahawks’ leading receiver with 66.4 yards a game and four TDs.
He is averaging 5.7 receptions on 7.3 targets per game. Tom Brady has 10 passing touchdowns (1 INT) with 283.0 yards per game through nine games to lead Tampa Bay. Leonard Fournette has been the team’s leading performer on the ground, averaging 45.0 yards a game through nine games.
He also has been valuable as a receiver, racking up 34.9 yards a game through the air. He has five total touchdowns, two rushing and three receiving. Mike Evans has been a key target in the Buccaneers’ aerial attack. He has three touchdowns and a 77.1 yard per game average through eight appearances. Mike Evans is averaging 8.8 targets per game (5.5 receptions).
SportsTips’ NFL Pick:
Seattle Seahawks (+120)
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