In one sense it was closer than it looked, but in other ways it was way too reminiscent of last year's losses.
The Bucs kept up their habit of fumbling the ball after a completed pass, one by Carnell Williams and one by Earnest Graham (Jerramy Stevens had one forgiven by a roughing the passer penalty).
The main difference between the two teams was on defense. The Bucs misses more tackles. Derrick Brooks bounced off of Shaun Alexander twice and then just flat out failed to cover Maurice Morris on a pass down the sideline accounting for Seattle's final touchdown.
The first quarter offered plenty of encouragement, as the Bucs went out to a 6-0 lead, but the team just didn't play well enough to win after that.
Kick coverage would have been great except for one long punt return allowed. The Bucs had two long kick returns nullified by penalty.
I haven't reviewed the plays to see if the calls seemed legit.
I can't say I'm happy with result, especially with Willams and Jeff Garcia getting dinged up promptly. Luke McCown did not look good in relief of Garcia. He seemed indecisive.
By next week against the Saints we'll have an idea if the Seahawks defense is that good.