Seattle (7-2-1) at Tampa Bay (5-5)
When: Sunday, November 27th 2016
Where: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL
Time: 4:05 ET | TV: FOX
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will look to keep pace in the NFC South when they host the surging Seattle Seahawks on Sunday afternoon. The Bucs are coming off a huge road win at Kansas City last week after winning their first home game of the season a week earlier. The two-straight victories has the Bucs only a game behind Atlanta for the division lead. Jameis Winston is slowly developing into one of the elite quarterbacks in the league and after last week’s fourth-quarter touchdown pass to tight end Alan Cross, he has a touchdown throwing or running in all 26 games of his career. His favorite target is wide receiver Mike Evans, who is third in the NFL with 916 receiving yards and second with eight TD catches. Running back Doug Martin is working his way back from a hamstring injury that kept him out for six games. He ran for 63 yards on 24 carries last week. The Buccaneers defense has been an issue this season, ranking 26th overall (381.7) and 24th in point allowed (25.9). The last two games have been much better, holding the Chiefs to 17 and the Bears to 10. Tampa Bay will travel to San Diego next week for a matchup with the Chargers.
Seattle will be making their third trip into the Eastern Time Zone after already beating both the New York Jets and New England Patriots as they continue to chase Dallas for the best record in the NFC. The Seahawks, who are 18-3 in November and December since the 2014 season, will give a heavier work load to running back Thomas Rawls against the Bucs. C.J. Prosise went down with a fractured scapula in last week’s 26-15 home win over Philadelphia and Rawls gained 57 yards on 14 carries against the Eagles. Quarterback Russell Wilson fought through injuries in October and went three straight games without a touchdown – passing or rushing – to close out the month. Since then, Wilson has recorded six passing TDs without an interception in his last three games while adding rushing and receiving scores. Safety Earl Thomas suffered a hamstring strain last week against Philadelphia and is listed as doubtful for Sunday. Seattle has the number one defense is scoring, allowing just 17.3 points per game. Seattle will host Carolina next Sunday night.
Tampa Bay has not played well at home this season and Seattle is playing as well as any team right now. Winston is getting better, but is still prone to making mistakes. I think the Seattle D gets after him today and creates great field position for Wilson to do some damage. I’ll lay the points.
Pick: Seahawks -6