The Seattle Seahawks went on the road as injured as they’ve been all season to play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and ultimately didn’t have enough as they lost 14-5. The Seahawks fell to 7-3-1 but remain in second place in the NFC and in first in the NFC West; the Arizona Cardinals, LA Rams, and San Francisco 49ers all lost on Sunday.
Playing without Justin Britt and C.J. Prosise, then benching Garry Gilliam for Bradley Sowell, the Seattle offense pitched perhaps their worst game of the season, gaining just 133 yards of offense through the first three quarters, including just 31 net passing yards. Wilson was sacked six times and finished with a passer rating of 38.8 and 151 passing yards.
He also threw his first interception since Week 8 against the New Orleans Saints and only his third of the season. He threw another on a final comeback attempt.
They had momentum in the fourth quarter after Cliff Avril forced a Doug Martin fumble, and were about to be in position to kick a field goal that would have cut the lead to six, but Jimmy Graham fumbled and it was returned 54 yards by Lavonte David.
The Seahawks defense was even worse off in regards to injury, playing without Earl Thomas, DeShawn Shead, and Michael Bennett. They allowed touchdown passes on each of the first two drives by Tampa Bay — both to Mike Evans -- but they tightened up after that and didn’t allow another point. It ended up not mattering.
Seattle hosts the Carolina Panthers next Sunday.