The Seahawks (7-2-1) head across the country for a game against the Buccaneers (5-5) in Tampa Bay this Sunday, November 27, with kickoff set for 1:05 p.m. PT at Raymond James Stadium.
The Week 12 matchup marks the 13th all-time regular-season meeting between the two clubs. Seattle owns an 8-4 advantage in the series, winning the last game, 27-24, in overtime on November 3, 2013 at CenturyLink Field.
Here's a look at which side the national media is predicting to win this weekend:
Elliot Harrison at NFL.com picks the Seahawks to win, 26-14, "Most analysts think the Seahawks are making their annual stretch run toward the postseason, emboldened by the blowout win over the Eagles, as well as the victory at New England in Week 10. Nobody seems to be taking the Bucs seriously. Remember, this Tampa Bay squad beat the Falcons in Atlanta, took the Raiders deep into overtime and just toppled the Chiefs at their place. Worth watching: The Mike Evans- Richard Sherman matchup. Will the All-Pro corner travel with Evans no matter where he goes in the formation? Evans is the most targeted wideout in the NFL. Tampa Bay sure could use 100 rushing yards from Doug Martin. So could about 1,000,000 fantasy owners playing Call of Duty 18 in their dorm rooms."
Sheil Kapadia at ESPN.com takes Seattle over Tampa Bay, 30-20, "The Seahawks' offense has averaged 29.3 points per game during the team's current three-game winning streak, and Russell Wilson looks as healthy as he has all season. This could be a tricky spot for Seattle, especially considering that safety Earl Thomas and cornerback DeShawn Shead could be sidelined with hamstring injuries. But Pete Carroll's teams typically play well in November and December. Look for Wilson to carry the Seahawks to their fourth straight victory."
Jenna Laine at ESPN.com has the Seahawks coming out on top, 27-21, "The Bucs had a better shot at pulling the upset had it not been forJude Adjei-Barimah's suspension and the injury to backup center Ben Gottschalk. With such a tough pass rush and a receiver like Doug Baldwin, this is just not the week for an offensive line to be so banged up and a defense to be missing a nickelback. The Bucs' defense has looked much improved, and Jameis Winston has shown a lot of growth, but this Seahawks team is peaking at the right time."
Pete Prisco at CBSSports.com thinks Seattle takes Sunday's matchup, 24-13, "This is a long trip for Seattle, but they are riding high. Tampa Bay has won two straight, but this is a big step up in class. Jameis Winston is playing well, but the Legion of Boom will slow him down here. Seattle takes it."
Chris Burke at SI.com sees Seattle coming out on top 28-24, "Pete Carroll said Wednesday that star safety Earl Thomas and CB DeShawn Shead (hamstring injuries, both) are unlikely to play Sunday. In Thomas's case, if he sits, it would be his first missed game since arriving in the NFL back in 2010. The Seahawks have had communication issues in the secondary when Kam Chancellor's been missing, so it'll be interesting to see what happens with Thomas down. If nothing else, Tampa Bay TE Cameron Brate ought to benefit. Can the Bucs come up with enough stops of their own? Russell Wilson is on an absolute tear his past three games (902 combined yards passing and seven total TDs). The Bucs rank 25th against the pass and have allowed 20 passing touchdowns already this season. The backfield matchup of Seattle's Thomas Rawls and Tampa Bay's Doug Martin will be integral to the outcome. Both teams want to establish the run; neither has much in the way of healthy backups."
Take a look at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers players you can expect to see when the Seattle Seahawks take the field in Week 12.
Peter Schrager at FOXSports.com goes against the grain and predicts a 27-23 Buccaneers victory, "Want to impress your friends and family at Thanksgiving? Drop this one on them: Jameis Winston has accounted for a TD (rushing or passing) in all 26 of his NFL games, the most by any player to begin a career since 1970. If you want to go deeper, that streak continues all the way back to his college career at FSU, too. And if you really want to impress your friends? Predict a Bucs win. I am. And I am not crazy. Tampa Bay is a team that is too young and naïve to believe otherwise."
David Steele at Sporting News predicts a 26-16 Seahawks win, "The Buccaneers are 1-4 at home this year, and the one win was over the Bears. On the other hand, two losses are to the Broncos and Raiders, and now here comes another Super Bowl contender in Seattle. Russell Wilson is now beating teams with his arm, legs and hands. As well as Jameis Winston is playing lately, overcoming that defense will be a supreme challenge."
Michael David Smith at ProFootballTalk.com sees the Seahawks winning 28-21, "The Buccaneers are playing better football than I thought they'd be playing at the end of November, but the Seahawks look to me like they're not going to lose another game this season."
Mike Florio at ProFootballTalk.com has Seattle coming out on top 31-20, "The Bucs are 1-4 at home, 4-1 on the road. This one would be a tough test regardless of where they play it, given how well the Seahawks are performing."
All eight experts at CBSSSports.com pick the Seahawks to win in Week 12.
Three of five analysts at FOXSports.com like the Seahawks at Tampa Bay.
All five USA Today writers predict a Seahawks victory.
And all nine experts at ESPN.com think the Seahawks get a win.
In their all-time regular-season series, the Seahawks and Buccaneers have faced off 12 times with the Seahawks leading the series 8-4. The two teams will play again this Sunday at Raymond James Stadium.