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Bucs Hot Reads: Narrow win could inspire Seahawks

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Ready or not

Beating the Seahawks at Seattle’s raucous CenturyLink Field is never easy. The way Bucs DT Gerald McCoy sees it, that task only became more difficult when Seattle struggled to beat the Rams on Monday Night Football this week.

The Seahawks had to make a fourth-down defensive stand at their 1-yard line to pull out a 14-9 decision. McCoy fears that will just bring out the best in the Seahawks on Sunday.

“After that performance they put up Monday, you know they’re feeling like, ‘All right, everybody doesn’t think we are who we always say we are, so now we’re going to come out Sunday and show it,’ ’’ McCoy said.

By the numbers

The decision to move Tim Wright from receiver to tight end has given the Bucs a viable option. Since Mike Glennon took over at quarterback four games ago, Wright has 19 catches for 195 yards and a touchdown. The 19 receptions rank 10th among NFL tight ends during that span.

Did you know?

The Bucs are the least successful team in the league on first down. They have gained 192 yards on 821 first-down plays for an average of 4.28 yards. That’s more than a yard less than the league average of 5.39 yards.

Quote of the day

“We can run for them, we can throw for them, I don’t care. I’m not sold on ‘You impose your manhood.’ They’re men, too. Just do your offense, what gives you the best chance to score on that given series. That’s what’s important to me.”

Bucs coach Greg Schiano, on his team scoring just one rushing touchdown

Injury report

For the Bucs, LB Mason Foster (hamstring), G Davin Joseph (knee), DT Akeem Spence (wrist) and S Keith Tandy )ankle) are probable; S Mark Barron (hip), S Dashon Goldson (knee), DT Derek Landri (back), WR Chris Owusu (foot) and LB Dekoda Watson (shoulder) are questionable; RB Jeff Demps (groin), RB Doug Martin (shoulder) and G Carl Nicks (foot) are out.

For the Seahawks, DE Michael Bennet (illness), RB Marshawn Lynch (knee), DT Branson Mebane (not injury related), G J.R. Sweezy (elbow) and S Earl Thomas (illness) are probable; RB Derrick Coleman (hamstring), T Breno Giacomini (knee) and S Jeron Johnson (hamstring) are out.

Upcoming schedule

Sunday: at Seattle, 4:05 p.m.

Nov. 11: Miami, 8:40 p.m.

Nov. 17: Atlanta, 1 p.m.

Nov. 24: at Detroit, 1 p.m.

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