Wilson out duels Winston in wild win
Florida Football Insiders, published 4 November 2019

The Bucs engaged in a wild offensive shootout with the Seahawks. And, in the end, Seattle QB Russell Wilson had one more bullet left to gun-sling at them in 40-34 comeback overtime victory. Wilson lead game winning touchdown drive in overtime hitting TE Jake Hollister with a 10-yard score to end it, as Seattle erased a 21-7 first-half deficit and won for the seventh time in nine games.

The Bucs got another huge game from their QB, Jameis Winston, who threw for over 300 yards for the third consecutive game. Winston led the offensive outburst in the first half that resulted in three touchdowns. One of them with a deflected pass high in the air pulled in by receiver Breshad Perriman, who caught it at the goal line and got in the end zone for a 14 -7 advantage.

Later in the second quarter, Winston found his favorite target, Mike Evans, on a five yard TD for the two score advantage. Evans had another monster game with 12 more catches for 180 yards, a week after having 11 catches for 198 yards at Tennessee. Still, it was too much of Wilson, the perennial Pro Bowler, working his magic to receivers Tyler Lockett and D.K. Metcalf. Wilson finished 378 yards passing and the five scores, including the game-winner.

Lockett caught 13 passes for 152 yards and 2 TD's. Meanwhile, the rookie Metcalf roasted the Tampa Bay secondary mostly in the second half for 6 catches 123 yards and a score.

The Buccaneers tied the game in the final minute after Winston scrambled 6 yards on 4th and 5 deep in Seahawks territory to keep a drive alive. He later found Evans for a catch down to the Seahawks one yard line and backup running back Dare Ogunbawale banged it in, as the Bucs tied the game at 34 with an extra point.

Seattle had a chance to win the game at the end of regulation as Wilson moved them into scoring range before they took their final timeout But, kicker Jason Myers missed his second field goal of the day, and third kick over all in the game with no time left. Still, Seahawks won the coin toss in OT and needed only to get a touchdown to end the game, which Wilson got them on 10 play, 75 yard drive.

The loss basically signals the end of the Buccaneers 2019 season. When it looked as though they had turned things around with a huge win 55 – 40 week four win in Los Angeles to get to 2-2, they have now gone on to lose four games in a row and five out of six overall, to drop to 2 – 6. That currently has them five games behind the New Orleans Saints in the division and now, four games out of the NFC wildcard picture.

Still, there are lots of things to build on, including the effort the Bucs showed throughout the day in battling with the always strong Seahawks. However, it was Wilson and the 26th time he's led 4th quarter or OT winning drive that this game will be most remembered for by fans.