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Four matchups to watch: Seahawks vs. Buccaneers
A look at the Seahawks’ Week 9 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at CenturyLink Field, including four matchups that could impact the outcome:
When: Sunday, 1:05 p.m. PT, CenturyLink Field (Seattle, Wash.)
Records: Seahawks 7-1 and first in the NFC West after Monday night’s 14-9 victory over the Rams in St. Louis; Buccaneers 0-7 and last in the NFC South after a 31-13 loss to the Panthers on Oct. 24
TV: FOX (Q/13 in Seattle), with Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston and Tony Siragusa
Radio: 710 ESPN and 97.3 KIRO FM, with Steve Raible, Warren Moon and Jen Mueller
Rest of the West: Titans at Rams (3-4); the 49ers (6-2) and Cardinals (4-4) have byes
One to watch
Seahawks CBs Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner vs. Buccaneers WR Vincent Jackson: The 6-foot-5 Jackson isn’t just the Bucs’ leading receiver with 41 receptions, 623 yards and four of his team’s nine offensive touchdowns. Jackson has been targeted 90 times – including 22 against the Falcons in Week 7 and 60 in the four starts by rookie QB Mike Glennon. Jackson also is one target with the size to match what the 6-4 Browner and 6-3 Sherman present. If the Bucs are going to be in this game, they’ll need some big plays, and Jackson leads all active NFL wide receivers with a 17.6-yard average (6,761 career yards on 385 catches). If the Bucs fall behind, Glennon will target Jackson even more as they attempt to catch up. Sherman and Browner can’t allow Jackson to be a big factor.
Fun to watch
Sherman vs. Buccaneers CB Darrelle Revis: Sherman is quick to point out, “I don’t know if it will be a direct comparison. It’s not like we’re on the field at the same time.” But there will be comparisons, and this one will be fun to watch. Revis was considered the best cover corner in the NFL before he tore a knee ligament last season while playing for the Jets. Sherman tops the list in the current discussions about who might be the league’s best corner, and he has the numbers to warrant it. No one has more interceptions (16) or passes defensed (52) than Sherman since 2011, and this season he shares the NFL lead with four interceptions and tops the Seahawks’ Legion of Boom secondary with 11 passes defensed. Sherman has been on his game all season, but this game provides a little extra incentive for a player who really doesn’t need it.
One tough task
The Seahawks and Buccaneers entered the NFL as expansion franchises in 1976. … The Seahawks lead the series 7-4, but the Buccaneers have won the past three meetings. … The Seahawks have not lost at home since Dec. 23, 2011, and second-year QB Russell Wilson is 11-0 at CenturyLink Field. … Doug Martin, the Bucs’ leading rusher with 456 yards, will miss his second-consecutive game because of a shoulder injury. … The Bucs have scored seven points in the third quarter this season, which is the quarter in which the Seahawks have scored the most points (60). … Glennon has averaged 45 passes in his four starts. … The Seahawks lead the NFL with 21 takeaways and are tied for second in turnover differential (plus-9). … FS Earl Thomas leads the Seahawks with 57 tackles and is the only player in the NFL with at least 50 tackles, four interceptions and two forced fumbles. … LB Lavonte David leads the Bucs with 59 tackles and is the only player in the NFL with at least 50 tackles, five sacks and an interception.