The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are hosting the Atlanta Falcons this week. It’ll be a divisional matchup where despite the outcomes from the previous week both teams will undoubtedly play each other though. The two teams have met each other 55 times, with the Atlanta Falcons winning 28 games and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers winning 27 games.
It’s safe to say that the oddsmakers liked how the Buccaneers looked in Week 1. Tampa Bay opened as 13-point favorites against the Atlanta Falcons, the largest opening spread of the week. The Bucs failed to cover in their opener but kicked off their title defense with a 31-29 win against the Dallas Cowboys. Tom Brady led a winning drive (something new) to set up a go-ahead field goal. Brady finished with 379 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions. Tampa’s secondary looked vulnerable at times, but not every team it plays will throw the ball 58 times. However, Dallas’s high volume of passes was because the Bucs took away the Cowboys’ run game, limiting Ezekiel Elliott to 33 rushing yards.
When: Sunday, September 19th, 4:05 p.m. ET
Where: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL
Online streaming: 247sportsTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
Plain and simple, six points is not going to cut it against the defending champions. The Falcons got rolled 32-6 by the Eagles at home. Atlanta kicked field goals on each of their first two drives before running one more play (not a misprint) on Philadelphia’s side of the field. One positive to take from the loss was the Falcons’ presence of a run game. Atlanta ranked 27th in rushing yards last year and had 124 yards on 26 carries. The bad news? Tampa Bay is among the league’s top-run defenses.