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Seahawks-Bucs predictions from the Tampa Bay Times sports staff

Greg Auman, @gregauman: The Bucs impressed with the upset win last week, and Seattle at home might be easier than winning at Kansas City. The Seahawks, like the Chiefs, rarely make mistakes, and the Bucs will need turnover help to pull off another huge win. Prediction: Seattle 27-24

Thomas Bassinger, @tometrics: The Bucs' upset of the Chiefs last week was a head-turner, but the Seahawks are a whole other beast. They've beaten three of the league's better teams (Falcons, Patriots and Eagles), and their aggressive style of play on offense and defense will give the Bucs fits. Quarterback Russell Wilson's ability to extend plays and tight end Jimmy Graham's size (6 feet 7, 260 pounds) are matchup nightmares. Seattle will travel a total of 27,000 miles this season. Maybe all the cross-country flights the Seahawks been taking lately will catch up with them today? Prediction: Seattle 28-24

Martin Fennelly, @mjfennelly: You heard it heard first, and maybe last. Before the season, for no reason at all, I picked this as the big upset the Bucs would spring this season. Then they went and won at Kansas City. No matter. Just watching Mike Evans and Richard Sherman go at it should be special, but somehow Jameis Winston and his cast of thousands will pull it off, with the defense hanging in there. Roberto Aguayo's late field goal is the difference. He's so money. Prediction: Bucs 23-20

Ernest Hooper, @hoop4you: The Bucs proved me wrong last week, but with the Seahawks bringing the "boom" to town, I don't think they can do it again. Prediction: Seattle 28-21

Tom Jones, @tomwjones: The Bucs are coming off an unexpected win in Kansas City, the most impressive victory in a few seasons for Tampa Bay. So the Bucs certainly are capable of winning today, and for Seattle, travelling across the country is never easy. But the Seahawks are rolling, with three straight victories, including a "wow" victory at New England. The Bucs will stay close but come up just short. Prediction: Seattle 20-19

Rick Stroud, @NFLStroud: The Seahawks are the second-best team in the NFC. Russell Wilson is hard to sack and makes big plays down the field when he's outside the pocket. The Bucs' secondary is vulnerable with Brent Grimes questionable with a quad strain and the suspension of Jude Adjei-Barimah. Tampa Bay will have to finish drives with touchdowns and not field goals to keep pace. Prediction: Seattle 24-21

Seahawks-Bucs predictions from the Tampa Bay Times sports staff 11/25/16 [Last modified: Saturday, November 26, 2016 9:38pm]
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