Buccaneers get perfect opponent on international stage in Germany
By Rob Leeds
International games generally aren’t that much fun, but the Buccaneers should be able to change this narrative against a team that is stuck in the past.
After what seemed like months of thinking the Buccaneers would end up playing the Chiefs in Germany as Tampa’s international game in 2022, the Bucs got some good news today.
Not that anyone didn’t want to play the Chiefs, but having to play an already-tough team in the difficult conditions of an international game would only hurt in the long run in what should be a tight division with the Saints.
The fear brought by the Chiefs comes from their dominant passing attack with Patrick Mahomes and a brilliant scheme from Andy Reid. That same fear does not exist for the Seahawks; the team the Bucs are actually playing.
The Seahawks under Pete Carroll are stuck in the past. Switching Russell Wilson for Drew Lock and the ability to run the ball more is a massive step back offensively.
Outside of finding some quality wide receivers, the Seahawks have ignored every bit of modern understanding of offense in the NFL, and it shows.
Seattle was at its best when Wilson was able to play his game and air the ball out. Lock brings none of that, and having to rely on the run is only going to slow their unit down even more.
Run-first teams don’t find success in the NFL anymore. If a team can’t establish the pass early, they stand little chance of actually winning a lot of games in the modern era. Just look at the Ravens, Patriots post-Brady, Titans, etc. All good teams, but that is all they will ever be.
This could not have worked out better for Germany and the Bucs fans. Tampa will now get an easy win against a team that clearly doesn’t care about winning football games, the Germans will get to see a comparison between how football is supposed to be played and how it looked in 2002, and Bucs fans will get a chance to see a legitimate team at home rather than losing the Chiefs to a home game outside of Tampa.
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