The 2013 Buccaneers have almost nothing going their way this year in all three phases of the game and are near the bottom of the league in almost every meaningful statistical category. And today they go up against the Seahawks in Seattle -- the odds of them pullling out a win today are nonexistent.
And unfortunately for them, it gets worse. Jacksonville may be bad this year because they have no talent to speak of, but at least they appear to be trying to win still; Tampa Bay has a few things going its way personnel-wise (QB Mike Glennon has shown some promise, for one, and they have ex-Chargers star WR Vincent Jackson and ex-Jets star CB Darrelle Revis), but they're bad this year mainly because they've completely given up on their terrible head coach Greg Schiano. Expect a lot of mental errors and blown assignments from the visiting team in this one.
That's all good news for the Hawks' offense, which needs to take advantage of this game against an inferior opponent to work on protecting Russell Wilson and getting him in rhythm with a receiving corps that lost starter Sidney Rice last week to a torn ACL. Doug Baldwin is currently listed as the new starter on the depth chart, but in three receiver sets I expect that he will move into the slot and Jermaine Kearse will take his place on the outside. After those three, the only two WRs on the active roster are Bryan Walters, who hasn't caught a regular season pass since 2011, and Ricardo Lockette, who was elevated from the practice squad after Rice was placed on IR. Percy Harvin, it's time to get well and return to the lineup.
Oh, and the 1983 playoff team is being honored this week at halftime. That team had it going on -- Kenny Easley was still an All-Pro safety who killed receivers on a regular basis, Curt Warner was the best rookie ball carrier in the NFL, Dave Krieg was on fire after taking over for Jim Zorn as the starting QB, Jacob Green racked up the best single season sack record of his career (16), and Steve Largent was still very much Steve Largent. Here's to the 2013 team celebrating their predecessors' accomplishments properly by steamrolling their way to an 8-1 record.