Bucs use early scores, great defense to beat Seahawks

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Mike Evans caught touchdown passes on the first two drives of the game, but the Buccaneers’ defense ended up being the biggest stars in a 14-5 win over the Seahawks win Sunday.

It was your average 14-5 game. Jameis Winston and Evans hooked up for two touchdowns early, then the Seahawks got a safety and a field goal in a three-minute span in the second quarter. No one scored again.

The Buccaneers smothered Russell Wilson and the Seahawks, sacking Wilson six times. The Seahawks only converted one third down all day, and that came with a little more than two minutes left — and just before an interception by Bradley McDougald at the goal line ended what little chance the Seahawks had to rally.

The Bucs improve to 6-5 and stay just a game behind the Falcons in the AFC South. The Seahawks are 7-3-1.

Bucs cornerback Alterraun Verner, playing two days after his father died, had a first-half interception of Wilson. Rookie Noah Spence and Gerald McCoy each were credited with 1.5 sacks.

The first Winston to Evans touchdown pass was an improvised 3-yarder Winston threw on the run. The second was a 23-yarder over Richard Sherman.

Wilson finished 17-of-33 for 151 yards. About 40 minutes into the game, he was 5-of-14 for 33 yards. The Seahawks were 1-of-11 in trying to convert third downs, and the Bucs won the time of possession battle by about seven minutes.

Evans finished with eight catches for 104 yards. Doug Martin ran 23 times for 87 yards.

64 responses to “Bucs use early scores, great defense to beat Seahawks

  1. Sure has been a lot of chest-thumping tough talk from ‘Hawk fans around here lately. This laughable performance ought to settle that down a bit. No TD’s against the Bucs? LOL. Now the pressure is squarely on the 12’s to win next week in Prime Time. Lose that tilt to Carolina and you’re looking at a potential 3rd seed. Panthers kind of own Seattle.

    To the victor go the crab legs!

  2. Season looked over after losing to the Raiders because the offensive and defensive lines looked terrible. Three games later and Jameis is getting time to throw and the defense is rushing the passer, and now the division is in play again. Pretty nice in season turnaround.

  3. Worst offensive line performance of the year. God do we need a tackle.
    Lockett was out of place on every throw.

    Congrats bucs, that was a battle.

  4. Welp, I’m glad that game’s over.
    The offensive line woes are troubling. Hawks won’t go far in the postseason if they can’t fix the leaks. Flex-seal, maybe?

  5. And this is the team that is supposedly better than a team that’s won 10 straight?

    Um, no. I don’t think I’ll buy, but thanks.

  6. Bucs THOROUGHLY whupped our asses today. Our defense did all it could to keep our offense in the game.

  7. But soft, what sound of yonder Northwestern window closing? It is the Seahawks, and 1-2 shall remain their fate.

  8. Seahawks didn’t lose today’s game….the Bucs won it….there is a difference.

    3 game streak, Beatbthe Chiefs at arrowhead, beat the Seahawks – week later….welcome back to relevance Tampa.

  9. scmems07 says:
    Nov 27, 2016 7:20 PM
    Ahhhh, now that’s the Russell Puntson we all know and love…. Back to his true overrated self.
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    He was good enough to beat YOUR TEAM in Week One.

  10. “Panthers kind of own Seattle.”

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    The Panthers and Seahawks have matched up 11 times, including the playoffs.
    The Seahawks have 7-4 record.
    Fact wins again.

  11. Wow, many thought they’d over look the Bucs and they sure did. Minus consistency, which is important, the bucs really have some solid pieces in place.

  12. .
    The Bucs have a pretty good roster. Their problem has been shooting themselves in the foot with an assault rifle.
    .

  13. If……the Seahawks don’t draft HEAVY on the offensive line in 2017 they are COMPLETELY clueless.

  14. bigdog2372- the seahawks were missing 4 starting defensive players. 2 all pros in Bennett and Thomas. Your team played great especially pressuring Wilson. However you did not beat the refs if you don’t understand basic rule knowledge don’t rush to the boards talking about refs.

    First off hold in the end zone that’s a Safety you can disagree on calls but only if they aren’t marginal the man tried to take him down.

    Before half if a player is contacted inbounds and goes backwards out of bounds then the clock keeps running. No need to explain that’s the rules even the players know them it’s not some obscure rule no one ever heard of but I gurantee your using it to jade your perception.

    Lastly you can agree or disagree with hands to the face and when you happened but it did happen and they probably should have called it a play or two before. But what really went your way is why the ref inexplicably let Grahams fumble play continue. He was clearly contacted by Grahams head and hands before the player was totally off the ground. That accounted for the field position that even allowed the bucs to think about scoring. I don’t believe the right call was made but without definitive evidence can’t overturn the call. That was a huge benefit as we eventually picked off ball on end zone but very likely could have had better field position with the fumble.

    Can’t say you beat the refs and the draw. Truth is yoo beat my hawks real good upfront and came up clutch in the red zone on defense. Making back handled compliments or complaints is why football is dying. No game will be officiated to our liking. The element of human error is too great and when people come and cry about refs it only makes it worse. These are split second decisions basically the equivalent of being on a game show and hurrying up to answer and you have nothing or something dumb.

    Don’t kill football with your football iq level being low and your crying meeting cranked up. Bucs won they played great especially first half and that’s all that need be said.

  15. Congrats on a great Defensive performance at a home game TB!

    It’s all about matchup’s. Great athleticism on behalf of TB line against a weak Seattle OL.

    To the comment that Winston is “better” than Wilson. Well how do we know, Winston has never had to run for his life behind Seattle’s line. We do know in his 2nd NFL season Wilson is a SB champion. It’s 1 game, 1 loss. On to Cincinnati!

  16. Not playing with our starting center really hurt and Bennett & Earl will be back soon. They play no one with a winning record the rest of the season with three games at home. I’ll gladly take the 2 seed.

  17. @6ball, they got rid of that guy years ago. Oh, you mean like mistakes that cost them the Rams game. Sure they wish they had that one back right now.

  18. So sick of hearing about what a class act Wilson is. I punked that dude when he was in college at Wisconsin. In 2011, I traveled there with some friends to watch our South Dakota Coyotes play his Badgers. After the game, we were at a bar when this clown showed up and started acting like he owned the place, talking about how he was going to “whoop on everyone” for not giving him “respect.” We tried to ignore him until he came over to our table and confronted us. Him being 5’11,” 200 lbs. and me 6’6,” 250 lbs. I changed his attitude very quickly. I’m just glad the guy who took a video of the incident deleted it instead of putting it out in cyberspace.

  19. man I hate when we play this way – – meaning, when our O-line is a disaster, we score no points, and our defense has to fight to keep us in the game.

    taking nothing away from the Bucs – – that’s a good win. good luck on making a playoff run, your D-line dominated our O-line today.

    we’ll get some guys back, and I’d bet will look a lot different next week.

  20. To the comment that Winston is “better” than Wilson. Well how do we know, Winston has never had to run for his life behind Seattle’s line. We do know in his 2nd NFL season Wilson is a SB champion. It’s 1 game, 1 loss. On to Cincinnati!

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    Watch Chicago v Tampa to see Winston run for his life. He has been running for his life in more games than you think.

  21. Can the people who were crucifying Alex Smith last week for his performance against Tampa come with their pitchforks for Russell Wilson? Or does he just get a pass? Maybe we should all just give the Bucs credit for 2 big wins against 2 very good teams.

  22. I believe it. Because it really happened. I told that dude to whoop this since he thought he was so tough, and he wanted none of this. He trued to talk his way out of it.

  23. Nice win Bucs. Was worried about your Dline getting pressure on Wilson and that did that and much more. He was off and your D coordinator deserves the credit.
    6-5 for you guys, good luck rest of the way and go chase down Atlanta now.
    Mike Evans, wow! Dude is a baller

  24. Nothing 2012s hate more than the reminders that they are winning no more Super Bowl titles with the current O-line.

    Tom Cable is a great coach, but he isn’t Jesus. You might win a playoff game but you will not get past the Cowboys.

  25. Can someone please tell me the last time an NFL team scored five points? Can’t find it anywhere.
    ________________________

    Can someone please tell me the last time an NFL team led by an “elite QB” scored five points? Can’t find it anywhere.

    There, fixed that for ya.

  26. @usd coyotes

    I was there. Your team lost by 35. You then peed yourself at the bar.

    Copy paste, copy paste

  27. Funny, Seattle wants to complain about injuries yet the dolphin’s were down 7 starters including 3 o linemen and the best safety in football yet Tannehill lit it up and carried his team to victory. Weird how if Tannehill or luck loses while having bad teams they just stink or they’re overrated, but when Puntson losses it’s excuses galore even though he’s been carried by the defense and Lynch his whole career. That media narrative is persuasive.

  28. That……..was pathetic. Game was lost by Wilson. He played like a guy who stayed out at a strip club all night. Most teams when down 14-0 in like 2 seconds might show more urgency but….not foggy eyed Russ and the mighty Seahawk O. They just punt punt punted their little hearts away.

  29. lastnameiswilson says:
    Nov 26, 2016 9:10 AM
    We’re coming Cowgirls 😎

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    skawh says:
    Nov 27, 2016 4:13 PM
    Cowboys are beneficiaries of not playing a single solid team on both offense and defense all year! Nuff said.

    ______________________

    We will be waiting in Dallas if you make it there

  30. scmems07 says:
    Nov 27, 2016 8:33 PM
    Funny, Seattle wants to complain about injuries yet the dolphin’s were down 7 starters including 3 o linemen and the best safety in football yet Tannehill lit it up and carried his team to victory. Weird how if Tannehill or luck loses while having bad teams they just stink or they’re overrated, but when Puntson losses it’s excuses galore even though he’s been carried by the defense and Lynch his whole career. That media narrative is persuasive.

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    Tannehill led the Dolphins to victory over a 1 win team, hardly comparable.

  31. “Can someone please tell me the last time an NFL team scored five points? Can’t find it anywhere.”
    ———————————————————————

    In the history of the NFL, there has been only one other game that ended with a score of 14 – 5. It was the Niners over the Falcons in 1984. Montana vs. Bartkowski.

    Well, you did ask.

  32. My favorite tweet I read of the weeks from a Seahawks fan seeing the team get on a plane bound for Tampa. It was something like:

    “we’ve got this! Fun in the sun. Easy trip.”

    Long flight home from Tampa to Seattle.

  33. This may be the first game in 2 years where the Bucs put on a COMPLETE performance!! It’s exciting for us Bucs fans because they showed us what they CAN do.

    PLUS it happened AT HOME!!! The Bucs, inexplicably have been bad at home. Maybe they can turn the corner and finish big! Now, just a game behind the Falcons. They have faded a bit, but seem to be back on track. I would love to see them take it home!

    Next Sunday, they play a very beatable Chargers and then get to face Saint twice yet as well as the Panthers. Of course, Dallas is in the mix this year, but what a great win if they can beat big D in AT&T stadium in a few weeks. Stranger things have happened!!

  34. Steelers 34
    Oilers 5

    1978 AFC championship game is the most known score with a team finishing with 5 points.

    I was at the game today and kept waiting for the other shoe to drop. Thanks to the D that didn’t happen. The Bucs are turning the corner but not there yet. They should have closed the game out much earlier but kept the Seahawks in the game with penalties and turnovers. Once they stop doing that they will be a true contender.

  35. It’s good to see some of you hawk fans admiting that you got WHOOPED today. Those are true fans that don’t live in Lala land. For you that are making excuses learn from a real fan an admits when you get WHOOPED and not make excuses… It was the refs it was because we were missing our 2 starters on Def!!!! Every team plays with what the have so shut the hell up!!!

  36. Live it up, Bucs trolls…that was your Super Bowl, as it was for the Saints, neither of which team will see any success in the post-season. See you then…probably not.

  37. agent7g says:
    Nov 27, 2016 9:03 PM
    Birds put 43 on em a couple weeks ago. Bucs ain’t nuffin.

    An obvious lie, since the Bucs have won the last 3 weeks in a row. The last loss to you their roster was so depleted from injuries they were having to bring players in from off the street. However the first game of this year Falcons were getting blown out 31 – 13 until a mini comeback during garbage time in the 4th qtr, and you still lost the game by 11 points.

  38. Haha, look at all the trolls who’ve been waiting weeks for the Seahawks to stumble so they could come and pile on and try to say they’re frauds.

    As a Seahawk fan, I’m not worried at all. Our depleted, already sub par, O-line was garbage and the Bucs did a great job exploiting that and constantly blitzing to bring the pressure. It was baffling that Bevell made absolutely no adjustments at all to try and offset our horrendous line and in a more important game, I don’t foresee that happening again. We came out flat and deserved to lose. It was a trap game for us and we fell into it. Late season away game on the complete opposite side of the country after a few huge wins… it was bound to happen and actually not surprising at all. An embarrassing loss like this will go a long way to refocus this team.

    Earl, Bennett, Shead, and Britt will all be back from injury soon. As long as we can avoid major injury, haters can chirp all they want, all it is is proof that you still fear the Seahawks. And rightfully so.

    Oh, and to the dolt who said the Bucs beat the refs too… What game were you watching? How many push offs did Evans get away with? I’m actually ok with refs allowing receivers and corners to play a little physical, but when a receiver blatantly pushes off and as a result created separation that led to making a catch, it should be called. Not blaming Evans, if the refs aren’t going to call it, keep doing it. Some of the better receivers are all the best because they’re able to get away with those subtle push offs. Evans’ were pretty blatant though and should have been called. Marshall, Brown, Fitzgerald, guys like that are masters of the perfectly timed subtle push off to create separation for uncontested catches. Overall though, the game was officiated pretty neutrally. It definitely wasn’t biased in the Seahawks favor and saying so is absolutely stupid.

  39. I love that there are actually people that think Tampa is better than Seattle. I also love that people think that was the actual Seattle team. Those of us that arent “12’s” (fans that started in 2012) knew this was a total trap, the line indicated as much (14.5). Seattle had 6 starters out, and 2 third string guys starting. Also, just played in New England, then on a short week vs Philly, then back to the East coast. TRAP. I know its fun to try and bash the elite teams, but you sound silly. Seahawks aren’t good huh? So what was that Game at New England when we only had 3 starters out? What about the Pummeling of Philly with only 2 out? Its hard to beat teams with 6-7 starters out.

  40. My favorite tweet I read of the weeks from a Seahawks fan seeing the team get on a plane bound for Tampa. It was something like:

    “we’ve got this! Fun in the sun. Easy trip.”

    Long flight home from Tampa to Seattle
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    Except they are going home to an actual city. Tampa is a dump.

  41. “Birds put 43 on em a couple weeks ago. Bucs ain’t nuffin.”

    ***************************************************

    You do know that a “couple weeks ago” was a couple of weeks ago!! The Bucs are finally playing like they could play. They have won 3 games in a row and could very easily “run the table” and win out.

  42. Whenever anyone calls an official in the NFL “corrupt” that is really dumb. They might make mistakes, and miss a call, but to say they do it on purpose to help a team to win is absolutely ridiculous!!

    These men do this for a living and most of them have been for years. They are human, but dishonest?? C’mon, you’ve got to kidding me!

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