Fred Goodall, The Associated Press
TAMPA, Fla. — Back at .500, the Buccaneers are confident for the second half of the season.
On bye this week, Tampa Bay (5-5) reached the top of the NL South Division by beating the Rams and Seahawks back to back.
The gains came after a five-game losing streak in six matches.
“We’re hoping to go in the right direction,” coach Todd Bowles said after the 21-16 win over Seattle in Munich, where his team limited Kenneth Walker to 17 rushing yards.
“You would like to play again sooner because you have momentum,” added Bowles. But on the other hand, it will allow some guys to recover for the rest of the season.
Tom Brady had 258 passing yards, including two touchdowns, against the Seahawks who had won four straight.
“It wasn’t perfect, but the most important thing is that we won and we got better,” said the seven-game Super Bowl winner.
The Buccaneers have games remaining in Cleveland, Santa Clara, Glendale and Atlanta, as well as home games against the Saints, Bengals and Panthers.
At 45, Brady is second in the NFL with 2,805 passing yards, and Mike Evans is on pace to deliver another 1,000 receiving yards campaign.
On Sunday, Chris Godwin caught his first touchdown pass since knee surgery. Julio Jones provided a second touchdown this season, after injuries kept him out of the first five games.
Running back Rachaad White, little used before this month, delivered his first career game of at least 100 yards rushing against the Seahawks. He got 105 yards on 22 carries.
The offensive production remains discreet. Only six clubs have a lower points-per-game average than the Bucs’ 18.3.
One of the factors: the club is second to last in the league with 70.7 rushing yards per game, on average.
Running back Leonard Fournette suffered a hip injury against Seattle, but head coach Todd Bowles would not elaborate.
The Buccaneers’ next game is Nov. 27 in Cleveland.