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Week 9 Game Recap: Tampa Bay Buccaneers 34, Seattle Seahawks 40


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Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Bucs went back and forth with the Seahawks all day in a close contest. They drove down to tie the game with less than a minute left in the 4th, but fell in overtime as the Seahawks marched down the field and scored on the opening drive of OT. Winston tossed two touchdowns and was not intercepted, but did have a costly lost fumble that set up an easy Seattle touchdown in the 4th quarter. Receiver Mike Evans carried the offense on his way to another monster day, while halfback Ronald Jones finally got the start in the backfield and outpaced Peyton Barber by a considerable margin. Tight end OJ Howard missed another week, and Cameron Brate posted a catchless dud in his absence this week, as backups Hudson(who was also targeted once in the end zone) and Auclair both recorded a catch each.

Seattle Seahawks

Russell Wilson had a career day keeping pace with the Tampa Bay offense, throwing his 5th touchdown of the day to win the game in overtime. Tyler Lockett was Wilsonís favorite target, and caught nearly everything thrown his way, finishing with 13-152-2. D.K. Metcalf had the best day of his young career, with 123 yards and a TD. Chris Carson had a productive day as the Seahawks main back, but did not score, and had two fumbles. The biggest surprise of the day was TE Jacob Hollister, who erupted for two touchdowns, including the game winner.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

QB Jameis Winston, 79 offensive snaps, Pass: 29 - 44 - 335 - 2 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 2 - 8 - 0
Winston had a good day on the stat sheet as he attempted a whopping 44 passes, good for two touchdowns with no interceptions. He was locked in on Mike Evans again this week, peppering the big receiver with 16 targets to the tune of 180 yards and a score. Winston got a lucky break on his first touchdown pass, as it probably should have been intercepted in the end zone. Winston tried to force the ball in to Mike Evans, but a defender deflected it up instead of catching it before Breshad Perriman snagged it for the touchdown. Winston's scrambled away from pressure and bought time while Mike Evans worked his way open in the back of the end zone in the 2nd quarter for a 6 yard touchdown. Winston scored again on a magnificent 20 yard scramble in the 3rd quarter that was unfortunately called back for a holding penalty. Winston lost a costly fumble on a sack in the 4th quarter, setting Seattle up in the Tampa Bay red zone for an easy score that put the Bucs in the hole late. Winston led the offense on a game-tying drive at the end of the 4th, hitting Jones and Evans for nice gains and converting 4th and 5 with a scramble. He nearly capped the drive with a touchdown to Evans, who was dragged down inches short after catching a slant route. Dare Ogunbowale took the ball in from the one yard line to tie the game on the next snap. The Bucs offense didn't get a chance in overtime as Seattle put together a lengthy scoring drive on their first possession.

RB Ronald Jones, 42 offensive snaps, Rush: 18 - 67 - 1, Rec: 2 - 15 - 0 (2 targets)
Jones appears to have taken control of the backfield as he drew the start and out-touched Barber 20-4 with 18 carries and two catches. Jones scored on a gritty touchdown run early in the 1st quarter, punching the ball in from the 8 yard line after a holding penalty set the Bucs up inside the Seattle red zone. He wasn't able to break any particularly long runs, as his longest run of the day was a 15 yard gain off right tackle late in the 4th quarter. Jones caught a short out route from the backfield for a minimal gain in the 3rd quarter. He leaked out of the backfield and caught a crossing route for a 12 yard gain, helping to set up the game-tying touchdown at the end of the 4th quarter.

RB Peyton Barber, 11 offensive snaps, Rush: 4 - 15 - 0
It looks as though the torch has finally been passed, as Jones got the start this week and dominated the snap count. Barber managed 15 yards on just 4 carries and was not targeted in the passing game. Jones and passing down specialist Ogunbowale both rushed for touchdowns and got more work in the passing game.

RB Dare Ogunbowale, 21 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - 1 - 1, Rec: 1 - 12 - 0 (1 targets)
Ogunbowale got his usual work in hurry-up situations at the end of each half, managing a touchdown on one of his two touches. He hauled in a dumpoff pass from Winston for a 12 yard catch and run late in the 4th quarter with the team driving to tie the game. Ogunbowale capped the drive with a one yard touchdown plunge after Mike Evans was tackled inches short of the end zone, sending the game to overtime.

RB T.J. Logan, 2 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 2 - 0 (1 targets)
Halfback Logan returned kicks and actually lined up as a receiver for his lone target, a short gain on a slant route.

WR Mike Evans, 68 offensive snaps, Rec: 12 - 180 - 1 (16 targets)
Evans carried the offense with 16 targets that he converted into 12 catches for 180 yards, as well as drawing several defensive pass interference penalties for a significant chunk of yardage. Evans got to work early, hauling in a big gain up the left seam on the first offensive play of the game. Winston found him up the left sideline a couple of plays later for a gain of 21 yards. Evans was responsible for most of the yardage on a lengthy 1st quarter drive that ended in a Breshad Perriman touchdown. WInston found Evans for gains of 6 and 16 before setting the touchdown up with a deep ball to Evans that drew a pass interference penalty in the Seattle red zone. Winston was actually looking for Evans in the end zone on Perriman's score, but a defender deflected the ball and Perriman grabbed it in the end zone. Evans worked his way open in the back of the end zone in the 2nd quarter and a scrambling Winston found him for a 6 yard score. Evans set up a last second field goal attempt at the end of the 1st half with a big reception with 8 seconds left in the half. Winston tried him on a deep ball in the end zone on the next snap, but they couldn't connect and settled for the field goal attempt. Evans continued to silence the Seattle crowd in the second half of play as he made catches at will, towering over defenders for the tough grabs. Evans and Winston nearly connected on a deep bomb in the 4th quarter, but Evans ran out of room in the back of the end zone. Evans picked up his biggest gain of the day in the 4th quarter when he got open on a deep post route for 25 yards. He made another huge catch on the game-tying drive, deftly snagging a pass over a defender on the sidelines while maintaining his balance and tiptoeing down the line for extra yardage. Evans nearly capped the drive with a touchdown, but he was dragged down by a defender at the one yard line after hauling in a slant in the red zone. Dare Ogunbowale scored on a one yard plunge on the next play.

WR Chris Godwin, 76 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - 8 - 0, Rec: 7 - 61 - 0 (9 targets)
Godwin was second to Evans with 9 targets, snagging 6 total on a day that he was unable to break the big plays. Evans had another monster day, but Godwin was still able to generate a respectable 61 yards. He grabbed his first target late in the 1st quarter for short gain on an out route. He had a nice run after the catch on a WR bubble screen later in the 2nd quarter. Godwin set up Mike Evans' touchdown at the end of the 2nd quarter with a slant route that he took to the Seattle 6 yard line. He came up short of first down yardage with a bubble screen on 3rd and long in the 3rd quarter. Godwin also had an 8 yard carry on a end-around in the 4th quarter.

WR Breshad Perriman, 48 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 42 - 1 (8 targets)
Perriman's first reception didn't go anywhere as he was blown up behind the line of scrimmage on a WR bubble screen from the slot. Perriman scored an opportunistic touchdown in the 2nd quarter when a deflected pass came his way in the end zone after Winston tried to force it to a tightly covered Mike Evans. Perriman made a beautiful leaping catch over his back shoulder in the 3rd quarter for an 18 yard gain, his longest play of the day.

TE Tanner Hudson, 49 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 12 - 0 (2 targets)
Hudson got his hands on a pass in the end zone for the second week in a row, but couldn't make the extremely tough catch as he was leaping over a defender and twisting around over his back shoulder. Hudson made a nice effort to haul in a deep comeback route that was just short of a first down on 3rd and 14 in the 3rd quarter.

TE Antony Auclair, 45 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 11 - 0 (2 targets)
Blocking tight end Auclair still managed a better day than Cameron Brate in OJ Howards absence. He collected a short dumpoff pass from Winston late in the 1st quarter and rumbled to an 11 yard gain.

TE Cameron Brate, 11 offensive snaps
Brate posted a complete dud in OJ Howards absence this week against a Seahawks defense that has been fairly generous to tight ends. Backup TE's Hudson and Auclair both caught a pass, and Hudson had a target in the end zone that he nearly collected for a score. This offense has proven to be a barren wasteland for tight end productivity, with Evans and Godwin hogging all the targets on a weekly basis.


Seattle Seahawks

QB Russell Wilson, 75 offensive snaps, Pass: 29 - 43 - 378 - 5 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 1 - 21 - 0
Wilson had a career day was driven by the Seahawks falling behind, which led to a more aggressive passing game than usual. He began the first drive by matching Tamps Bayís opening drive score with his own 5-or-5, 75-yard drive, culminating in a brilliant throw to Lockett in the back corner of the end zone. He maintained the rapport with Lockett, hitting him all over the field all game, and adding a short touchdown on the opposite end zone corner later on. DK Metcalf became a more important target as the game wore on. Wilson found him a couple of times for short gains in the first half, but in the second half, threw a long ball on a deep crossing route, which Metcalf took in easily for the score. Wilson took advantage down low with TE Jacob Hollister, who surprised as more than a mere checkdown option, with two short touchdowns of his own, including on Wilsonís perfect leading throw for the winning score. Wilson only ran once the whole game, but he made that one count, for 21 yards. If youíre keeping tabs, that is now 22 touchdowns, 1 interception, over nine games.

RB Chris Carson, 64 offensive snaps, Rush: 16 - 105 - 0, Rec: 2 - 28 - 0 (2 targets)
Carson had a good game, but Ö one that comes with a couple of ďbutísĒ. He started out looking good on a screen play for first down, then on one play, making a cutback-spin move-broken tackle in quick succession for a short gain instead of being tackled for a loss. The Butís in question are that he fumbled twice Ė losing neither, luckily Ė and did not score. Much of his yardage came on one big run, early in the second half, in which he broke three tackles en route to a 59-yard gain, but (yes, another one) he didnít have the breakaway speed to go all the way. The other but, is that Carson was stopped on a goal line carry, which has been a recurring theme lately. In OT, he made an acrobatic short catch with Wilson throwing on the run. And then again, he was stopped for a loss on a run inside the 10.

RB Rashaad Penny, 11 offensive snaps, Rush: 4 - 12 - 0 (1 targets)
Penny took a back seat yet again, and though potentially productive, he remains only an important handcuff option.

WR Tyler Lockett, 69 offensive snaps, Rec: 13 - 152 - 2 (18 targets)
Lockett started the game on fire and never looked back. He was 2-for-2, both which went for first downs, and the third catch was an excellent corner route that blew by the defender and caught Wilsonís perfect throw easily in the back of the end zone. Rather than describe each of his catches, itís fair to say in this case, that he caught the ball quite literally all over the field. Lockett moved the chains in the 2-minute drill, and then tied the game with another spectacular catch in the back of the end zone. Lockett typically excels by finding openings in the zone defense, but this game he had perfect throws in man coverage as well, as the play calling became a little more aggressive. It was a fantastic day, and given his rapport with Russell Wilson, he should stand a good chance to keep on rolling, even with the 49ers on the schedule next week.

WR DK Metcalf, 71 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - 7 - 0, Rec: 6 - 123 - 1 (9 targets)
Metcalf started slow, but proved reliable as the team kept him involved. He and Russell Wilson are still figuring each other out, as evidenced by the first pass, which was thrown behind him. Metcalf then took a reverse for 8 yards, and remained relatively quiet, but adding a couple of big plays along the way. He made a 2-point conversion look easy, as he caught a laser throw in a crowd; then looked fast and elusive on his 53-yard TD catch, as he gained separation before the long catch, and then ran in untouched. Once Metcalf has the ball, heís tough to take down Ė on one short catch, he effortlessly pushed away a defender for extra yards. He capped off his day with a couple more in the final minute to set up the (missed) field goal. And finally, the big downfield catch in OT, was a tough one in coverage, and brought the ball to the 6 yard line.

TE Jacob Hollister, 60 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 37 - 2 (6 targets)
Hollister was the preferred receiving TE, providing Wilson with a reliable underneath target. Despite the fact that heís rarely a threat to gain yards after the catch, Hollister was an integral part of the offense. He was also targeted on a deep throw in end zone, which drew a penalty. This set up his own TD two plays later, on a play action call at the goal line. His biggest play was on a seam route for a 22-yard catch, which brought him down at the 1-yard line. As good as all of that was, Hollister topped it in OT, catching the 10-yard winning score, on a crossing pattern, making a nice catch on the leading throw, and just making it to the goal line as he was being tackled.