Can Bucs beat Seattle in Germany?

by Gary Shelton on November 11, 2022

in general

Friday, 4 a.m.

I like foreign countries. I like the sites, the languages, the foods. I like being someplace different.

Also, I like the NFL.

But I don't like the NFL in foreign countries.

Not to be xenophobic here, but pro football is our game. It is bred into us, and whenever it travels to play a game, it feels something like theft. The NFL, which has its eyes on more television broadcast monies , disagrees, of course. But that's more greed than reason.

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And so the Tampa Bay Bucs, who still aren't cured, will take their dysfunction on the road Sunday, playing the Seattle Seahawks in Germany. That's just another reason for the Bucs not to focus.

Look, I know they won last week, and I know winning is the best deodorant. Win, and the play-calling isn't quite as dumb, and the offensive line isn't quite as bad, and running the ball isn't quite the fool's errand. But those things are still bothersome to the Bucs.

Meanwhile, Seattle may be the best-coached team in the NFL (no, not the best quarterbacked). And I have a hunch. The Seahawks will be as good as their running game. If they're able to move the chains on the ground, it's going to be a tough afternoon (or morning) for the Bucs.

Still, the season is more interesting if the Bucs are on the right side of .500.

Prediction: Tampa Bay 21, Seattle 20.

In other NFL games:

Buffalo 27, Minnesota 17.

Kansas City 30, Jacksonville 14.

Miami 28, Cleveland 20.

Dallas 28, Green Bay 24.

New Orleans 27, Pittsburgh 14.

And in the college game:

SMU 48, USF 7.

Florida 24, South Carolina 20.

UCF 30, Tulane 20.

Miami 24, Georgia Tech 14.

FSU 20, Syracuse 17.

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