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6 Key Matchups for Bucs vs. Seahawks

Key Matchups: Even if All-Pro safety Earl Thomas misses Sunday's game, the Seahawks have the backfield personnel to pose a significant challenge for Cam Brate and company.

After a critical win in Kansas City, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-5) return home to take on the 7-2-1 Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. Here are a few individual matchups that could play a key role in determining the outcome of this Week 12 contest:Buccaneers WR Mike Evans vs. Seahawks CB Richard ShermanEvans came out of last week with his 11th career 100-yard game and will face a very tough task in Sherman, a three-time first-team AP All-Pro. Evans leads the league with 121 targets and sits at second in the NFL in TD catches. Sherman has four interceptions this season, tied for the fourth-highest mark in the league.READ: Week 12 Expert Picks- SEA vs. TBBuccaneers TE Cameron Brate vs. Seahawks SafetiesBrate has proved to be a go-to target for QB Jameis Winston on key third-down situations and in the red zone. Brate is third on the team in receptions (37) and yards (393), and his five TDs are tied for the most among TEs this season. It could fall on Seattle's heralded safeties to contain Brate. Kam Chancellor is the league's second-highest ranked safety, per Pro Football Focus. However, the Seahawks could be without Earl Thomas, who injured his hamstring last week. Buccaneers G Ali Marpet vs. Seahawks LB Bobby Wagner

In his sophomore NFL season, Marpet has become one of the league's top guards. His 87.0 pass block grade in Pro Football Focus is seventh-best at his position. He's played every offensive snap this season. Wagner holds the NFL lead in tackles this season, racking up 108 in the team's 10 games. He has added 2.5 sacks.


Seahawks RB Thomas Rawls vs. Buccaneers LB Kwon Alexander **Alexander will look for another statement game playing in front of the home crowd. He has two 14+-tackle games so far this season, along with two sacks, an interception and a touchdown. He'll be all over the field today looking to take down Rawls, who was back to action last week for the first time since Week Two. He had 88 yards on 17 touches in that game.

Seahawks QB Russell Wilson vs. Buccaneers S Chris ConteIn each of the last two weeks, Conte has come up with a pivotal interception. Against the Bears, he returned an early INT for the first points of the game. Last week in Kansas City, he intercepted a pass in the end zone, returning it 53 yards and setting up a Bucs TD. Wilson has thrown just one interception since Week Two.

VOTE NOW: 2017 Pro BowlSeahawks C Justin Britt vs. Buccaneers DT Gerald McCoyMcCoy's 4.5 sacks lead the Buccaneers and he has been fighting through double-teams to get them. He'll likely see the same counter-attack against the Seahawks, led by their center, Britt. Seattle has allowed just 20 sacks this year, ninth-fewest in the league. Even if they can contain McCoy, he can affect games in other ways; he tipped the pass last week that ended in Conte's interception.

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