Buccaneers vs. Seahawks 2013: Seattle fans exhale, Buc fans still frustrated

Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

It's been a rough season in Tampa Bay and blowing a big lead in Seattle was just the latest chapter.

After jumping out to a 21-0 lead against the Seahawks, Tampa Bay appeared on the way to its first win of the season. Seattle, however, rallied and eventually won 27-24 in overtime. It was yet another tough loss in what has become a brutal season for the now 0-8 Buccaneers.

Going on the road to face a then 7-1 Seahawks team was not an easy task for the Buccaneers, but after leading 21-0 early and 24-7 in the third quarter, Sander Philipse of Bucs Nation said losing was simply unacceptable, no matter the opponent of the circumstances.

0-8 with the talent on this team is certainly not acceptable.

Leading 21-0 and 24-7 and then losing in overtime is not acceptable.

Rushing for 205 yards, completing 73% of your passes at 7.3 yards per attempt and no turnovers and scoring 24 points is not acceptable.

Failing to get get three points with 1:51 and two timeouts is not acceptable.

Losing is not acceptable.

Keeping your coach after 0-8 with this level of talent is not acceptable.

This whole season is not acceptable.

Despite their 8-1 record, the Seahawks have not played their best football recently. After barely scratching out a win against St. Louis last week, Seattle then needed to come back from 21-0 to beat the Bucs in a game many thought Seattle would win handily. Coming away with the win was a positive, but Jacson Bevens of Field Gulls said Seattle will have to play better moving forward if it's going to be a Super Bowl contender.

Seattle has, from as far as we can tell, weathered the worst of their schedule and have done so with aplomb. They are 8-1 and I think every single one of us would have taken that at the beginning of the year. Still, they can't afford to keep spotting teams big leads and hamstringing themselves with penalties (their six for 67 yards today was an improvement). The Seahawks entered this game as massive 15.5-point favorites and walked into the middle of the ring with their gloves at their waist. It wasn't until they ate a few jabs and crosses that they seemed to remember their gameplan and take over the fight.

That's not a luxury they're likely to have in the playoffs. Seven games to get healthy and work out the kinks. If all goes well, the 'Hawks will find themselves two home wins away from a trip to the 'Ship.

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