The Seahawks lead the series 4-1.
The last meeting
The Bucs forced six turnovers in a 16-3 victory on Nov. 28, 1999 in Seattle. The defense intercepted quarterback Jon Kitna five times and did not allow an offensive touchdown for the fourth time that season. On the second play of the second half, Tampa Bay quarterback Trent Dilfer went down with a broken right clavicle. Rookie Shaun King, yet to take an NFL snap, led an eight-play, 67-yard drive capped by a 2-yard pass to tight end Patrick Hape.
In a battle of first-year expansion teams, Seattle won 13-10 on Oct. 17, 1976. Tampa Bay quarterback Steve Spurrier drove to the Seahawks' 18 with 42 seconds left, but Dave Green's 35-yard field goal was blocked.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
+ Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, coming off his first Pro Bowl season, will need to carry the load if running back Shaun Alexander can't play.
+ Receiver Darrell Jackson plays in his hometown for the first time as a pro. The fifth-year pro played at Tampa Catholic and the University of Florida.
+ Defensive end Chike Okeafor had a sack at New Orleans and will be looking for more.
+ Safety Michael Boulware, a rookie from Florida State, had an interception in his debut.
+ Receiver Charles Lee, inactive last weekend, is the potential playmaker in the lineup with the loss of Joey Galloway to a groin tear. Lee shined in the same role last season.
+ Running back Charlie Garner, limited to 25 yards on 11 carries against the Redskins, was apparently too quick at times. He needs to find a groove, especially on first down.
+ Linebacker Derrick Brooks had a quiet opener, but the leader of the defense must show up against one of the NFL's most balanced offenses.
+ Punter Josh Bidwell will be on the field a lot if the offense isn't better.
_ JOANNE KORTH, Times staff writer