TAMPA BAY, FL — Seattle won their second straight game to strengthen their grip on the NFC West lead by defeating the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 17-10 at Raymond James Stadium in Week 9.
The 6-2 Seahawks will enter the second half of the season with a two game lead over the Arizona Cardinals who are 4-4. Arizona and Seattle will face each other in Week 12.
“A strong defensive effort helped us win this one,” said Seattle head coach William Bruno.
The Seahawks defense was fueled by defensive tackle Jarran Reed’s two sacks, and linebacker Bobby Wagner’s eight tackles. It was the third time this season that the defense had held the opponent to 10 points or less.
Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston felt the pressure of the Seahawks’ defense all day. He was sacked six times — raising his season total of being sacked to 36, the most of any quarterback. One more sack will tie his career season-high of 37 set in the 2020 season.
Winston would finish with 166 yards passing and one touchdown completion.
Wide receiver D.K. Metcalf and quarterback Russell Wilson had a special connection in the win. Both of Wilson’s strikes landed with Metcalf who would finish with 5 catches for 39 yards. Russell completed 19 of 33 passes for 247 yards without throwing an interception, and was sacked just once.
While Chris Carson is set to return as the starting running back, Jaylen Samuels shined once more as the leader of the ground attack, rushing for 108 yards on 22 carries.
Prior to the loss to Seattle, Tampa Bay had won three straight, defeating the Rams 21-14, Steelers 24-10, and Cowboys 27-17.
Buccaneers drop to 3-4-1… they are in 3rd place in the NFC South trailing Carolina (4-4), and New Orleans (6-1-1)