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MNF Preview: Falcons and Bucs Toe in up in Tampa

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Falcons Look to Keep NFC South Hopes Alive

The Atlanta Falcons and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will meet on Monday Night Football to end Week 15 in the NFL. Raymond James Stadium in Tampa will host these NFC South division rivals. Kick-off is set for 8:30 pm EST and ESPN will have the coverage.

Oddsmakers opened the Falcons as -4.5-point favorites versus the Buccaneers, while the game’s total opened at 47.5. The Falcons are 7-point favorites now and the total is up to 49.

For the Falcons it is not complicated. If they  win out in their last three games  they will win the NFC South title. That journey starts tonight on national television against the slumping Tampa Bay Bucs. They then finish the season at the Saints and then at home against the Panthers.

Atlanta is one game behind the New Orleans Saints and the Carolina Panthers in the NFC South standings. They put themselves in position by winning four of its last five games. The Falcons are currently the 6th place team in the Playoff structure.

Tampa Looking to Spoil the Postseason for the Falcons

Tampa Bay lost its last outing, a 24-21 result against the Detroit Lions on December 10. The Buccaneers failed to cover in that game as a +0-point underdog, while the 45 combined points took the game UNDER the total.

Winston has returned for battered Bucs. They are expected to be without star defensive tackle Gerald McCoy after he suffered a biceps injury the Lions.

The Bucs have been one of the NFL’s biggest disappointments this year. They failed to build upon last season’s 9-7 record. Many thought they would vastly improve, especially with the acquisition of wide receiver DeSean Jackson.

Tampa Bay’s defense has struggled finding a pass rush all season. They rank 32nd in the NFL with 17 sacks. Gerald McCoy leads the Bucs with five sacks.

The Bucs had five turnovers against the Lions last week. Three of them by Winston. He threw two interceptions and had one lost fumble. Winston has 53 turnovers in 42 NFL games. The Bucs are 1-10 in games in which Winston throws multiple interceptions.

Controversy surrounds the talented Winston. He has a bum shoulder, is being investigated for sexually assaulting an Uber driver, and now it comes out that his relationship with Coach Dirk Koetter is not very stable.

Winston blames to coach for not supporting him properly when he got injured. He got his Feelz damaged and is walking around Butt-hurt.

Falcons Coming off Extra Rest after Last Thursday’s Win Over Saints

Atlanta won its last outing, a 20-17 result against the New Orleans Saints on December 07. The Falcons covered in that game as a -2.5-point favorite, while the 37 combined points took the game UNDER the total.

The Falcons are receiving some extra rest after defeating the Saints 20-17 last Thursday. They have already beaten Tampa in Atlanta on Nov. 26th. It was  34-20 victory. The Bucs were playing their third consecutive game without injured quarterback Jameis Winston.

The Falcons were explosive in the earlier meeting against the Bucs. Matt Ryan was 26 of 35 for 317 yards and receiver Julio Jones had 12 receptions for 253 yards and two touchdowns.

The season has been schizophrenic with a 3-0 start, followed by three consecutive losses, then a protracted battle back into contention for the division crown and the playoffs.

Atlanta’s defense held the Saints to 306 yards, with only 50 rushing the last time the teams met.  They will pose a challenge for Tampa Bay’s mistake-prone offense.

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Recent Form

Name Record ATS Offense Defense Diff ATS Home ATS Away OU Record OU Home OU Away
Atlanta 8-5 6-7 24.09 20.91 3.18 4-3 2-4 5-8 2-5 3-3
Tampa Bay 4-9 3-9-1 20.27 23.82 -3.55 2-4 1-5-1 7-6 1-5 6-1
Power Stats
Yards Per Point
Name Offense Defense Differential
ATL 15.51 15.39 0.12
TB 17.05 16.61 0.44
Yards Per Pass
Name Offense Defense Differential
ATL 11.52 9.18 2.34
TB 11.42 11.73 -0.31
Yards Per Rush
Name Offense Defense Differential
ATL 4.44 4.43 0.01
TB 3.46 4.05 -0.59
Team Records

Atlanta Falcons

Name Record Home Away ATS ATS Home ATS Away Offense Defense Diff
Overall 8-5 4-3 4-2 6-7 4-3 2-4 22.62 20.08 2.54
vs Conf 7-2 4-1 3-1 6-3 4-1 2-2 25.33 19.44 5.89
vs Div 0-1 0-0 0-1 0-1 0-0 0-1 17.00 20.00 -3.00
Last 3 2-1 2-1 0-0 2-1 2-1 0-0 21.00 17.00 4.00

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Name Record Home Away ATS ATS Home ATS Away Offense Defense Diff
Overall 4-9 3-3 1-6 3-9-1 2-4 1-5-1 20.31 24.00 -3.69
vs Conf 2-7 2-2 0-5 1-8 1-3 0-5 19.78 25.89 -6.11
vs Div 0-2 0-0 0-2 0-2 0-0 0-2 15.00 32.00 -17.00
Last 3 0-3 0-1 0-2 0-3 0-1 0-2 20.33 28.00 -7.67

Supergrid

Title Stat Rank Stat Rank
Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense 22.62 16 24.00 22
Away Team Road Passing vs Home Team Home Passing Defense 257.67 6 270.17 30
Away Team Road Rushing vs Home Team Home Rushing Defense 102.83 17 72.17 4
Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense 20.31 22 20.08 10
Home Team Home Passing vs Away Team Road Passing Defense 246.33 12 209.83 9
Home Team Home Rushing vs Away Team Road Rushing Defense 104.33 20 123.00 24
Head To Head Summary
Name Record ATS OU Score Rush YPR PA CP PY TY TO +/-
Atlanta 5-5 5-5 6-4 29.90 99.00 4.01 37.10 70.62 297.50 396.50 1.50
Tampa Bay 5-5 5-5 6-4 24.20 113.70 4.12 36.40 63.46 238.40 352.10 1.50

Head To Head Detail

Date Away Home Score Line Total OU Result ARY APY ATY ATT HRY HPY HTY HTT Away Team Attempts Home Team Attempts Away Team Completions Home Team Completions
Nov 26, 2017 TB ATL 20-34 94 279 373 0 148 368 516 1
Nov 3, 2016 ATL TB 43-28 136 325 461 1 73 323 396 2
Sep 11, 2016 TB ATL 31-24 90 281 371 1 52 322 374 0
Dec 6, 2015 ATL TB 19-23 64 255 319 1 166 222 388 2
Nov 1, 2015 TB ATL 23-20 117 173 290 0 101 395 496 4
Nov 9, 2014 ATL TB 27-17 110 212 322 0 92 281 373 3
Sep 18, 2014 TB ATL 14-56 64 153 217 5 144 344 488 4
Nov 17, 2013 ATL TB 28-41 152 268 420 3 186 224 410 0
Oct 20, 2013 TB ATL 23-31 111 226 337 1 18 273 291 1
Dec 30, 2012 TB ATL 22-17 144 222 366 1 65 213 278 0

NFL Betting Trends

Team Last 5 Games

Atlanta Falcons

Date Opponent score Result line ATS Result offensive rush yards offensive passing yards offensive total yards defensive rush yards defensive passing yards defensive total yards turnovers Location
Dec 7, 2017 NO 20-17 W -2.5/51.5 W/U 132 211 343 50 256 306 2 H
Dec 3, 2017 MIN 9-14 L -2/48.5 L/U 102 173 275 105 207 312 0 H
Nov 26, 2017 TB 34-20 W -10/47 W/O 148 368 516 94 279 373 1 H
Nov 20, 2017 SEA 34-31 W -0/46 W/O 89 190 279 136 224 360 -1 A
Nov 12, 2017 DAL 27-7 W -3.5/49 W/U 132 204 336 107 126 233 -1 H

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Date Opponent score Result line ATS Result offensive rush yards offensive passing yards offensive total yards defensive rush yards defensive passing yards defensive total yards turnovers Location
Dec 10, 2017 DET 21-24 L 0/47.5 L/U 133 267 400 53 381 434 2 H
Dec 3, 2017 GB 20-26 L 3/45.5 L/O 165 230 395 199 77 276 0 A
Nov 26, 2017 ATL 20-34 L 10/47 L/O 94 279 373 148 368 516 -1 A
Nov 19, 2017 MIA 30-20 W -1/44 W/O 53 268 321 83 365 448 -5 A
Nov 12, 2017 NYJ 15-10 W -1/44 W/U 90 181 271 56 219 275 -1 H

Next up:
Atlanta at New Orleans Sunday, December 24
Tampa Bay at Carolina Sunday, December 24

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