Each day for the next 16 days, BucsBlitz.com's Matthew Postins will take a quick look at each game on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' 2007 schedule. Some things to keep in mind:
Tampa Bay opens on the road for the fourth time in the last five years. The Bucs are 3-1 in that situation.
The Bucs have the third-easiest schedule in the NFL in 2007, by winning percentage.
The Bucs have just one prime-time game scheduled, Dec. 23 at San Francisco. That start time could change if NBC chooses to exercise its "flex scheduling" option for that week.
Tampa Bay at Seattle, 4:05 p.m., FOX, Sept. 9
The Bucs ended 2006 with a 23-7 loss to the Seahawks, a game scheduled based on both teams winning their respective division in 2005. This year the Bucs face the NFC West in the rotation and begin the season against the Seahawks, again coming off a division title. While the Bucs have been quite good opening the season on the road under head coach Jon Gruden, they are absolutely God awful on the west coast — 3-19 since the franchise started (4-19 if you count Super Bowl XXXVII in San Diego). Both Gruden and Seattle's Mike Holmgren are West Coast coaches that adhere to the same philosophies.
The Seahawks lost three key players this offseason — C Robbie Tobeck, DE Grant Wistrom and S Ken Hamlin. Their most significant signings were DE Patrick Kerney (to replace Wistrom) and TE Marcus Pollard (to replace Jerramy Stevens, who won't be asked back). The Seahawks hope S Deon Grant and S Brian Russell can fill Hamlin's void.
This team still has RB Shaun Alexander, QB Matt Hasselbeck and a bevy of wide receivers that will have a full year of offseason workouts with Hasselbeck by the opener. That could be real trouble for the Bucs, who were terrible against the pass and, at this point, haven't done much to improve their pass defense. This will be a passing day for the Seahawks, and a game the Bucs aren't likely to win.
Final score: Seattle 31, Tampa Bay 13. Record: 0-1
— Matthew Postins