NFL Week 16: Bucs Dealt More Losses In Victory Over Seahawks

Coming off arguably their worst loss of the season, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (8-6) will attempt to rebound this week as they host the Seattle Seahawks (6-8) at Raymond James Stadium.

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Bucs Lose Arrelious Benn For Season

The Injuries continue to mount for the battered Tampa Bay Buccaneers as they learned today that rookie wide receiver Arrelious Benn will head to Injured Reserve with a torn ligament in his knee, suffered during the dismantling of the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.

Head coach Raheem Morris called the loss “disappointing”, saying that he hoped Benn would get a full offseason of work with the offense. Benn will now have to spend most of his offseason rehabbing his injured knee.

The rookie wideout was having a great second half, catching 25 passes for 395 yards and two touchdowns.

Fullback Earnest Graham also suffered a neck injury during the game Sunday, he is being called “week-to-week”.

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Bucs Crush Seahawks To Keep Playoff Hopes Alive

Tampa, FL (Sports Network) – Josh Freeman threw for 237 yards and five touchdowns as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers handled the Seattle Seahawks, 38-15, at Raymond James Stadium.

Freeman converted on 21-of-26 pass attempts, without an interception, while both Kellen Winslow and Mike Williams caught two touchdowns for Tampa Bay (9-6), which remains in the playoff hunt but needs multiple scenarios to happen in order to garner a NFC Wild Card selection. LeGarrette Blount rushed for 164 yards on 18 carries for the victors.

Charlie Whitehurt threw for a disappointing 66 yards on 11-of-18 passing, as he replaced starting quarterback Matt Hasselbeck in the second quarter after he left with a hip injury.

Hasselbeck left the game after a one-yard touchdown run in the final minutes of the first quarter. He grabbed his lower back and he ran in for the score, but after being attended to by the Seahawks training staff went to the locker room and did not return.

Marshawn Lynch rushed for 53 yards on 14 carries and Leon Washington accounted for a score for Seattle (6-9), which will face St. Louis next week in a all-for-nothing game to decide the NFC West title.

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Buccaneers Pouring It On, 31-7 Bucs After Three Quarters

The Offensive explosion in the second quarter has carried on into the second half, as the Buccaneers added two more touchdowns extending their lead over the Seahawks to 31-7. Kellen Winslow, and Mike Williams both added scores in the third, giving Josh Freeman a four touchdown day and the rout is officially on.

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Tampa Bay Offense Comes Alive In Second Quarter, Bucs Lead 17-7

Earlier this week, head coach Raheem Morris told the media that it was time for his offense to step up and start winning games for this young Tampa Bay Buccaneer team. Though they started slow today against Seattle, Morris may get his Christmas wish afterall, as his offense has come to life in a big way in the second quarter against the Seahawks.

Trailing 7-0 late in the first quarter, the Buccaneers have gone on to score 17 unanswered points and roar to a 17-7 lead over Seattle at Halftime. Josh Freeman found tight end Kellen Winslow in the back of the end zone on a pretty roll out from the 10-yard line. Then, following a three and out by Seattle, Freeman engineered another drive capping it with a 20-yard strike to Mike Williams who juked the corner out of his shoes to find the end zone.

Connor Barth, who started the rally with a late first quarter field goal had a second field goal try blocked at the end of the second quarter.

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Seahawks Strike First, Lead 7-3 After First Quarter.

The Seattle Seahawks have nothing to play for today in Tampa Bay against the Buccaneers because next week’s matchup with the Rams will decide their playoff fate win or lose today. That being said, the lack of incentive hasn’t shown yet in Seattle’s play as they have struck first against the Buccaneers and currently lead 7-3 at the end of the first quarter.

Matt Hasselbeck led the Seahawks on their first drive and capped it with a rushing touchdown, rolling out on a bootleg and going in untouched from the one yard line. Troubling for Seattle is that Hasselbeck pulled up injured as he scored and has gone to the locker room with a hip injury. His return is questionable and he has been replaced by Charlie Whitehurst.

The Buccaneer’s got great field position from a 79 yard kick off return by Michael Spurlock but were only able to muster three points on a Connor Barth field goal.

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Buccaneers Vs. Seahawks: NFL Week 16 Previews

It's 'do-or-die' for two playoff hopefuls in the NFC when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (8-6) host the Seattle Seahawks (6-8) at Raymond Jones Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Both teams are injury depleted and in a bit of a funk heading into the final two games of the season. Nevertheless, the winner of Sunday's game will still very much be alive for a playoff berth heading into the final weekend of the 2010 NFL regular season. 

Here's a few facts, figures and trends about the two teams' series history, as well as up-to-date season stats for both squads. 

 

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (6-8) AT TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (8-6)


SERIES

 

SEAHAWKS

BUCCANEERS

SERIES LEADER

7-3

STREAKS

3 of past 5

COACHES VS. OPP.

Carroll: 0-1

Morris: 1-0

LAST WEEK

L 34-18 vs. Falcons

L 23-20 vs. Lions (OT)

LAST GAME

12/20/09: Buccaneers 24 at Seahawks 7.  Trailing 7-3 at halftime, Tampa Bay scores 24 consecutive points.  QB Josh Freeman passes for 205 yards & 2 TDs.

LAST GAME AT SITE

10/19/08: Buccaneers 20, Seahawks 10.  Tampa Bay races to 17-0 lead on 1st-half TDs by WR Antonio Bryant (47-yard catch) & RB Earnest Graham (1-yard run) en route to victory.

BROADCAST

FOX (4:15 PM ET): Thom Brennaman, Brian Billick, Chris Myers (Field reporter).  SIRIUS: 122 (Sea.), 113 (TB).  XM: 109 (TB). 

 

STATS

PASSING

Hasselbeck: 263-440-2,977-12-17-73.1

Freeman: 249-422-2,959-18-6-88.8

RUSHING

Lynch: 168-609-3.6-6

Blount (R): 164-777-4.7-6

RECEIVING

M. Williams: 60-720-12.0-1

M. Williams (R): 58-880-15.2-8

OFFENSE

304.1

329.0

TAKE/GIVE

-9

+8 (3C)

DEFENSE

376.7

346.0

SACKS

Clemons: 10

White: 4.5

INTs

Thomas (R): 5

Barber: 3

PUNTING

Ryan: 43.0

Malone: 41.2

KICKING

Mare: 95 (29/29 PAT; 22/27 FG)

Barth: 86 (29/29 PAT; 19/23 FG)

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NFL Week 16: Seattle Seahawks (6-8) At Tampa Bay Buccaneers (8-6)

Coming off arguably their worst loss of the season, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (8-6) will attempt to rebound this week as they host the Seattle Seahawks (6-8) at Raymond James Stadium. The 23-20 overtime loss to Detroit has hampered the Buccaneers playoff hopes but there is still possibility of a wild card berth for this Bucs team if they were to receive a lot of help from other NFC teams. The Seahawks on the other hand find themselves in first place in the NFC West despite being two games under .500 on the season, and will need a road win to secure a playoff spot.

The Seahawks are having a rough season under new head coach Pete Carroll but thanks to a monumentally weak division find themselves in the hunt for a Division title and hosting a playoff game. Veteran quarterback Matt Hasselback has not played to his normal standards, throwing only 12 touchdowns to 17 interceptions and the offense has been extremely erratic. The Buccaneers battered defense will have to find a way to stop Hasselback and running back Marshawn Lynch who was traded to Seattle from Buffalo at mid season, and racked up just shy of 500 yards rushing and 6 touchdowns in his time there.

With so many injuries on the defensive side of the ball the Buccaneers will have a tough task stopping anyone as they are very literally limping to the finish line of the season. This is the second straight game that the Buccaneers "should" win on paper, but as we saw last week with the Lions there are no givens in today's NFL and for a team that is starting seven rookies and has been pillaging practice squads weekly for secondary help, the Seahawks will hardly be a pushover.

Despite the game not being your typical big draw contest, the NFL flexed the game into the 4:15 time slot but Tampa Bay residents will still most likely not be able to enjoy their Bucs with their left over Christmas dinner as the game will be blacked out. Sunday will mark the final home game of the season for the Buccaneers, all of which have been blacked out on local television.

Even if the Buccaneers win on Sunday against Seattle, they would be eliminated from playoff contention if the Giants beat the Packers and the Saints win on Monday Night.

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