Don't think the East Coast thing can be used as much of an excuse right now. This team is just not playing very well. Their offense is stagnant and their defense continues to struggle to get stops. Throw in two turnovers -- an interception and a fumble -- and it is a recipe for a disastrous first half, which Tampa Bay leads 17-0.
Given the way this season is going, the Seahawks' best defensive play resulted not only in Lofa Tatupu geting hurt, but a touchdown being called back. Tampa Bay's Ike Hilliard was violently hit by Leroy Hill on a crossing pattern, and he fumbled the ball on the hit. The officials did not know he was not down, though, and they blew the play dead as Josh Wilson scooped up the loose ball and would have scored a 96-yard touchdown. Lofa got a concussion, the Seahawks got stopped and their bad fortune continues.
Hard to see much reason for optimism in the second half, given their offensive ineptitude. Ray Willis is now playing right tackle after Sean Locklear whiffed on his man, and DD Lewis is playing linebacker in place of Tatupu. Third down conversions still are not friendly to Seattle, though little else is too.