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2019 Week 9: Seahawks vs Buccaneers Picks & Predictions

National media make their picks for Sunday's game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Seattle Seahawks.


Cody Benjamin, CBS Prediction: Seahawks 34, Buccaneers 30

Bruce Arians has a good track record against Seattle, and the Bucs wideouts should put up numbers on the road, where the Seahawks haven't been as formidable as usual. Russell Wilson, however, should have a field day of his own vs. Tampa's DBs.

Gregg Rosenthal, Seattle Seahawks 29, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 27

These teams aren't so different outside of their quarterbacks, which means they are very different indeed. They both like throwing deep and pretending they are better at running the ball than they really are. The Seahawks have as many wins by at least two scores as Tampa (one), but Russell Wilson has bailed his team out with a 5-1 record in one-score games, while the Buccaneers have found creative ways to go 1-3. The Bucs, who last played a home game on September 22, showed off some positive signs after their bye with Jason Pierre-Paul adding juice to their pass rush and better protection of Jameis Winston. That could be trouble for Seattle's flagging pass rush, which is 26th in pressures and dead last in quarterback hit rate, according to the Athletic. Fear the Seahawks as a heavy favorite and fear Russell Wilson in close games.

Jenna Laine, Seahawks 28, Buccaneers 26

Bold prediction: A bold prediction would be calling an upset, despite Bruce Arians' 4-1 record in Seattle against Pete Carroll. But this Bucs team lacks what his Cardinals squads had: the ability to pile on points early and close out games on defense.

Michael David Smith, Seahawks 24, Buccaneers 14

MDS: The Bucs are a better team than their 2-5 record suggests, but Russell Wilson will have a better game than Jameis Winston on Sunday and the Bucs will drop to 2-6.

Michael Florio, Seahawks 28, Buccaneers 16

Florio's take: The two teams that joined the NFL in 1976 renew acquaintances, as do Bruce Arians and Pete Carroll. Jameis Winston eventually will do Jameis Winston things, and Russell Wilson eventually will do Russell Wilson things.

Pete Prisco, Seahawks 31, Buccaneers 20

This is a long road trip for the Bucs who played on the road last week. Seattle is home after a road victory last week, but the defense has struggled some. That changes here. They turn Jameis Winston over and win this game easily.

Bleacher Report: Seattle 30, Buccaneers 23

"The Buccaneers have two big advantages in this game," Gagnon said. "First, on defense they should be able to dominate in the trenches. Not only is Jason Pierre-Paul back in support of a talented defensive front featuring Ndamukong Suh, Vita Vea and Shaquil Barrett, but an already weak Seattle offensive line just lost veteran center Justin Britt to a torn ACL. "That could be problematic, as could the fact the Seahawks' vulnerable secondary will likely have its hands full with red-hot Tampa receivers Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, especially if a Seattle team with the league's fourth-lowest sack rate can't consistently pressure Jameis Winston."

Tadd Haislop, Seahawks 34, Buccaneers 26

These teams are basically dead even in yards per game this year, with the Seahawks (395.9) holding a slight edge over the Bucs (395.3). Seattle is more balanced with its superior rushing attack, but the Buccaneers are solid against the run. The problem is they're anything but solid against the pass, and Russell Wilson will rip them to shreds, especially if the game flow dictates more passing for both teams. He won't make the same mistakes Jameis Winston will make.

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Nine of the ten polled so far at side with the Seahawks this Sunday.

Seven of seven writers at USA Today pick the Seahawks.

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