Despite two late touchdowns, the Seahawks lost to the Buccaneers in a historic battle, the NFL’s first ever game in Germany.
“I thought that the Hawks would have been in a good position to win this game versus Tampa Bay, who has been struggling,” Terry Hollimon said. “But unfortunately, we came out on the bottom this time.”
The Buccaneers defense had success stopping Kenneth Walker III and the run game early on, holding him to only 17 yards for the day. This disrupted the Seahawks game plan in the first half.
“They did a great job of stopping the run,” Hollimon said. “They left Geno pretty much one-sided, having to throw the ball a lot.”
Tom Brady and the Bucs offense converted 10 of 15 third downs, keeping the Seahawks defense on the field.
“He (Brady) did a masterful job of finding the weaknesses in the Seahawks defense and kept them rolling on third down,” Hollimon said.
The Seahawks offense showed life in the fourth quarter with two passing touchdowns from Geno Smith, one to Tyler Lockett and the other to Marquise Goodwin. It was too little, too late, though, and the Bucs prevailed.
Fans in Germany packed Allianz Arena for the game to create an electric atmosphere. The Seahawks were cheered on by the German Sea Hawkers fan club.
“The NFL is happy with getting a whole new group of European fans,” Hollimon said.
The Seahawks enter their bye week with this loss, and it will be a good time for players to relax and recharge.
“The bye week, especially this time of year, is important for any NFL team,” Hollimon said. “Guys are banged up, nicked up, hurt. It gives them a week to recover, recuperate, relax and get their mind and their body right, so you can come back and finish the season in a strong way.”
Coming off the bye, the Seahawks have a three-game stretch against teams with losing records, and they hope to stay atop the NFC West.
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