Like a blanket
Bucs cornerback Darrelle Revis says his surgically repaired knee is close to 100 percent and he went out and proved it against Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson's favorite target.
Revis played press coverage against wide receiver Golden Tate virtually the entire game, and Tate finished with three catches for 29 yards. His 19-yard reception midway through the third quarter came with the Bucs playing a zone.
“It's not enough,'' said Revis, who was credited with four tackles. “We've got to close out games, especially against one of the best teams in the NFL.''
Wilson threw for only 28 yards as Tampa Bay built a 21-7 halftime lead, but he finished with 217 yards through the air and 36 more on the ground.
“He makes plays,” Revis said. “Wilson can hurt you with his legs and also in the passing game.''
Former Bucs defensive end Michael Bennett played on sure passing downs and was credited with one of Seattle's three sacks against Mike Glennon when the rookie quarterback fell down early in the third quarter as Bennett was bearing down on him. “They have a really good offensive line and a defensive line,'' Bennett said of the Bucs. “So they just try to run every time to keep the clock going.''
Tampa Bay rushed for 205 yards against the NFC's No. 1 defense, but Bennett was more impressed with Glennon, who completed 17 of 23 passes. “He did a great job of keeping the plays alive,'' said Bennett, who departed as a free agent after leading the Bucs with nine sacks in 2012. “He broke out of a lot of sacks today.''