It’s the Buccaneers vs Falcons! When the Tampa Bay Buccaneers visit the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, they’ll aim to move closer to capturing the NFC South. In Week 2, the Buccaneers blasted the Falcons 48-25 to take a three-game lead over Atlanta and New Orleans in the division. Tampa Bay (8-3) upset the Colts last week after rallying from a 10-point halftime hole.
The Buccaneers have the NFL’s best passing offense, anchored by MVP contender Tom Brady. The Falcons (5-6) are headed by veteran Matt Ryan, who has struggled in recent weeks but faces a Buccaneers defense that is weak.
In the latest Buccaneers vs. Falcons odds from Caesars Sportsbook, the Bucs are 10.5-point favorites, with a 50.5-point Over-Under.
NFL predictions: Buccaneers vs Falcons
Here are several NFL odds and betting lines for Buccaneers vs Falcons :
Buccaneers vs. Falcons spread: Tampa Bay -10.5
Buccaneers vs. Falcons: 50.5 points
Buccaneers vs. Falcons money line: Tampa Bay -550, Atlanta +400
TB: Buccaneers are 1-5 against the spread on the road after covering last week
ATL: Falcons are 0-3 against the spread versus winning teams this season
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
In his career versus the Falcons, Brady is 9-0 straight up and 8-1 against the spread. In five of the games, his teams won by double digits. As double-digit favorites, the Bucs are 4-0 ATS this season. Brady ranks second in the NFL in passing yards with 3,403 and a league-high 30 touchdown passes. With 15 sacks, the Falcons are worst in the league, but Tampa Bay has given up the same number, the fewest in the league, so he shouldn’t face much pressure on Sunday.
The Bucs also average 31.6 points per game, compared to 27.5 for the Falcons (second-most).
Chris Godwin (67 receptions for 808 yards) and Mike Evans are the Bucs‘ top receiving combo (640 yards, 10 TDs). Last week, running back Leonard Fournette set a career record with four touchdowns and 131 total yards, while Gronkowski threw for 123 yards. The Buccaneers’ rush defense has been the best in the league for the past two years, allowing 81 yards per game this season.
Ryan still has the ability to put up big numbers, but he hasn’t had the weapons to do so. The 14-year veteran quarterback has 2,617 yards and 16 touchdowns under his belt, and he can make huge plays with tight-end Kyle Pitts.
With 45 receptions for 661 yards, the rookie is the team’s leading receiver (14.7 per reception). Cordarrelle Patterson’s health has also been crucial to the team’s success. In last week’s win, the receiver/running back had 135 total yards and two touchdowns. He has a total of 911 yards and nine touchdowns. When he’s on the field, Atlanta’s offense averages 6.7 yards per play, but only 3.9 when he’s not.
Ryan might surprise a Buccaneers secondary that has been devastated by injuries and allowed Carson Wentz to throw for 306 yards and three touchdowns last week. In the past nine encounters between the teams, the home team is 7-2 against the spread. Last week, Dante Fowler recorded a sack, giving him 3.5 in eight games, and he’s forced three turnovers. In the last two seasons, the Falcons have gone 8-9 ATS as underdogs.
So, who will have the last smile? We will have to wait and watch.
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