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BUCCANEERS at FALCONS
WHEN: Sunday, December 5, 2021 | WHERE: Mercedes-Benz Stadium | BEGIN: 1 p.m. ET | TV: FOX
PLAY BY ONE: Kenny Albert |ANALYSIS: Jon Vilma | SIDELINE: Sara Walsh
DAILY: 98 ROCK 97.9 FM | PLAY BY ONE: Gene Deckerhoff | ANALYSIS: Dave Moore | SIDELINE: TJ Rives
RADIO SPAIN: 96.1 FM | PLAY BY ONE: Carlos Bohorquez | ANALYSIS: Martin Gramatica
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Scott Reynolds: The Bucs’ dominance over the Falcons continues
I fought the Bucs for a road win last week in Indianapolis and I’m glad I was wrong. With a quality away win at Raymond James, I think Tampa Bay has found its way back. The Falcons suck and have only won one home game this year. Tampa Bay eased past Atlanta in Week 2, pulling away in the 4th with a 48-25 win. The Bucs will be without Falcon assassin Mike Edwards this week because he was suspended for three games for violating NFL policy regarding his immunization status.
The Bucs have scored no fewer than 31 points against the Falcons in any of their last three games. 31 destinations in last year’s 31-27 win in Atlanta in December when Tampa Bay led 17-0 at halftime. For whatever reason, the Falcons are annoyed to play the Bucs, scoring 27, 27 and 25 points in each of the last three games. Tampa Bay really needs to raise its score on the road and score another 30 plus points on the scoreboard. The Bucs scored 30 points last Sunday for the first time this season. They may have to do it again.
Tampa Bay has averaged 41 points per game against Atlanta in the last three games. The Bucs have the firepower that the Falcons don’t have without Calvin Ridley. Slow down Kyle Pitts and Cordarrelle Patterson and this will be an easy win over a Falcons team that isn’t very talented, isn’t so explosive and isn’t as good as their 5-6 record even indicates.
Reynolds Score Prediction: Buccaneers 31, Falcons 17
Reynolds season record: 7-4
Jon Ledyard: Bucs Drop Falcons, Get Passing Attack Rolling
There are very few certainties in life. However, three of them persist whenever the Bucs play the Falcons. As long as their careers have lasted, Tom Brady, Mike Evans and Chris Godwin have all dominated the Falcons. Brady was 9-0 against Atlanta, including a 28-3 comeback in the Super Bowl. The star midfielder had 11 touchdowns and one interception against Atlanta in three games as Buc. Single sales also fell.
Similar output is found in Evans and Godwin’s box scores. Godwin has scored in six straight games with the Falcons, catching nine touchdowns in those competitions. He’s gone over 100 meters three times, including a 133-meter performance with Brady last year. Evans didn’t score consecutively against Atlanta, but did have two touches in the Falcons net in Week 2. During his career, Evans has averaged more than 81 yards per game when facing the same opponent. class. I think he and Godwin will be back on track by Sunday.
The Bucs’ defense is insecure, but they will survive this game. Atlanta has no formidable threat at the wide receiver other than the versatile Cordarrelle Patterson. Kyle Pitts is a beast, but there isn’t much help around him. With the Falcons struggling to control the ball and secure the pass, the Tampa Bay defense needed to prevail in this game. If they can do that and influence Matt Ryan, the Bucs will take control in the third quarter.
Ledyard Score Prediction: Buccaneers 44, Falcons 20
Ledyard’s season record: 10-1
Matt Matera: Bucs Suspend the Thoughts of the Doubters, Win Big
Aside from the recent suspension and drama with the Bucs, this is the team that can blow away the Falcons like they did in Week 2. I believe Tampa Bay can put distractions aside and focus on opening up. widening its ‘NFC South’ lead. They will also continue in the race for the top seed in the conference.
I’m really excited to see the return of Carlton Davis III to the Bucs subgroup. The Bucs really need it, and the fact that Davis, Sean Murphy-Bunting and Jamel Dean are all playing at the same time for the first time since Week 1 brings a new sense of hope to a struggling defence. It’s heartbreaking not to have Mike Edwards, especially now that Jordan Whitehead is on the field for this game. But Andrew Adams was good enough to hold the fort for a week or two. The defense has to stop Cordarrelle Patterson and Kyle Pitts, which I think they do, resulting in another high-grossing game.
After Mike Evans and Chris Godwin went silent last week, one of them is coming out around this time. Gronk is the best player in Indy, and I think he’ll build on that with another big game. The Bucs don’t need to reinvent the wheel here, just play their game and don’t overturn the ball. Atlanta couldn’t stop the Bucs’ offense for four quarters, so once the Bucs take the lead, they won’t come back.
Matera Score Prediction: Buccaneers 34, Falcons 17
Matera’s season record: 8-3
JC Allen: Bucs win a closer match on the road
After last week’s narrow win over the Colts, the Bucs are back on the road once again to face the Atlanta Falcons. After beating long-distance matches earlier this season, the team can bury those early woes. Tampa also has a chance to wipe out the series with the Falcons for the second straight season.
Atlanta gave Tampa Bay all they could handle in Week 2 before the Bucs pulled out. Coincidentally, the player responsible for the spin has now been suspended. However, he hasn’t practiced and may have missed this week’s game. Safe start Jordan Whitehead is also out, leaving the slim Bucs at safe level.
The game plan should be simple. Get a quick start using pre-shooting motion and play action to keep Atlanta off balance. Sprinkle in a recent strong running attack while controlling the script flow. Matt Ryan is still able to beat the Bucs defense so they have to play disciplined football. It will use sound engineering and good fundamentals in every field. Knowing where Cordarrelle Patterson and Kyle Pitts are will be key. It may be closer than we expected, but the Bucs are pulling it out into the street once again.
Allen’s Score Prediction: Buccaneers 27, Falcons 20
Allen’s season record: 8-3
Paul Atwal: Bucs put out big numbers against the falcon – again
Does anyone else not realize that the Atlanta Falcons have somehow become the number two seed in the NFC South? Here’s the good news: they’re still not a good team. For such a much enigmatic Cordarrelle Paterson, the only team with a worse pounding attack (by EPA / hasty) is the Houston Texans. The photos also don’t look good as they rank 24th in dropback efficiency – generating only 0.001 EPA/dropback. With Calvin Ridley out and star Bucs full-back Carlton Davis back in the squad, I foresee another tough day for Matt Ryan and co.
Ever since Tom Brady arrived in Tampa Bay, the Bucs’ attack has decimated the Falcons. In those three games, the Bucs averaged 0.33 EPA/drop. For reference, the Arizona Cardinals had the best passing game in the NFL this season, and they averaged 0.25 EPA/play. Expect the Falcons to play a lot in region 2, as they’ve had all the seasons and especially what they did in week 2 against the Bucs. Despite the two-tall structure, Byron Leftwich and Brady managed to tear through midfield patches in front of the Falcons’ secure coverage, averaging 9.64 yards of air per attempt (Brady’s third-highest achievement. in the season so far). Expect to see more level concepts, drifting routes, and curving lines.
Last year’s game in Atlanta was real turning point, namely in the second half. This season, I see it as a dominant comeback for attack. On the other side, maybe a sale or two, and definitely a Backpack signed by Matt Ryan.
Atwal Score Prediction: Buccaneers 38, Falcons 14
Atwal’s season record: 9-2
Kasey Hudson: Bucs keep rolling on the road
Tom Brady and the league’s best offensive line versus the league’s worst defense? The Falcons ranked last in the league in bags, which implies that Tom Brady will have a full day behind his effective offensive line. Do not underestimate Atlanta’s determination, the Buccaneers will have a very productive day in terms of the high ball. Between Leonard Fournette building his performances on a weekly basis and a wide collection of weapons (yes, even without Antonio Brown), Tampa can be versatile and dominant with Mike Evans and Chris Godwin. Scotty Miller will likely have more rep.
As for the defense of the ball, there is one more unfortunate news. Head coach Bruce Arians informed the media on Friday that Jordan Whitehead suffered a calf injury during Thursday’s training session. In addition to the missing Whitehead, Mike Edwards is also banned for 3 games. Edwards has been an asset in the secondary competition, and Whitehead a key element in defense. Their replacement could create opportunities for the likes of Cordarrelle Patterson, Russell Gage and Kyle Pitts to make.
However, the likelihood that the Falcons attack will cause problems for the Buccaneers is small. Tampa Bay will need to drive revenue and crime will need to capitalize. The Buccaneers’ defense was not very successful, but Sunday vs the Colts showed their ability to succeed. Tampa Bay has played an important role all season. I say they stay in the winning column on Sunday.
Hudson Score Prediction: Buccaneers 42, Falcons 20
Hudson’s season record: 8-3
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