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.


Recent Form

NameRecordATSOffenseDefenseDiffATS HomeATS AwayOU RecordOU HomeOU Away
Tampa Bay4-93-9-120.2723.82-3.552-41-5-17-61-56-1
Power Stats
Yards Per Point
Yards Per Pass
Yards Per Rush
Team Records

Atlanta Falcons

NameRecordHomeAwayATSATS HomeATS AwayOffenseDefenseDiff
vs Conf7-24-13-16-34-12-225.3319.445.89
vs Div0-10-00-10-10-00-117.0020.00-3.00
Last 32-12-10-02-12-10-021.0017.004.00

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

NameRecordHomeAwayATSATS HomeATS AwayOffenseDefenseDiff
vs Conf2-72-20-51-81-30-519.7825.89-6.11
vs Div0-20-00-20-20-00-215.0032.00-17.00
Last 30-30-10-20-30-10-220.3328.00-7.67


Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense22.621624.0022
Away Team Road Passing vs Home Team Home Passing Defense257.676270.1730
Away Team Road Rushing vs Home Team Home Rushing Defense102.831772.174
Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense20.312220.0810
Home Team Home Passing vs Away Team Road Passing Defense246.3312209.839
Home Team Home Rushing vs Away Team Road Rushing Defense104.3320123.0024
Head To Head Summary
Tampa Bay5-55-56-424.20113.704.1236.4063.46238.40352.101.50

Head To Head Detail

DateAwayHomeScoreLineTotalOU ResultARYAPYATYATTHRYHPYHTYHTTAway Team AttemptsHome Team AttemptsAway Team CompletionsHome Team Completions
Nov 26, 2017TBATL20-349427937301483685161
Nov 3, 2016ATLTB43-281363254611733233962
Sep 11, 2016TBATL31-24902813711523223740
Dec 6, 2015ATLTB19-236425531911662223882
Nov 1, 2015TBATL23-2011717329001013954964
Nov 9, 2014ATLTB27-171102123220922813733
Sep 18, 2014TBATL14-566415321751443444884
Nov 17, 2013ATLTB28-4115226842031862244100
Oct 20, 2013TBATL23-311112263371182732911
Dec 30, 2012TBATL22-171442223661652132780

NFL Betting Trends

Team Last 5 Games

Atlanta Falcons

DateOpponentscoreResultlineATS Resultoffensive rush yardsoffensive passing yardsoffensive total yardsdefensive rush yardsdefensive passing yardsdefensive total yardsturnoversLocation
Dec 7, 2017NO20-17W-2.5/51.5W/U132211343502563062H
Dec 3, 2017MIN9-14L-2/48.5L/U1021732751052073120H
Nov 26, 2017TB34-20W-10/47W/O148368516942793731H
Nov 20, 2017SEA34-31W-0/46W/O89190279136224360-1A
Nov 12, 2017DAL27-7W-3.5/49W/U132204336107126233-1H

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

DateOpponentscoreResultlineATS Resultoffensive rush yardsoffensive passing yardsoffensive total yardsdefensive rush yardsdefensive passing yardsdefensive total yardsturnoversLocation
Dec 10, 2017DET21-24L0/47.5L/U133267400533814342H
Dec 3, 2017GB20-26L3/45.5L/O165230395199772760A
Nov 26, 2017ATL20-34L10/47L/O94279373148368516-1A
Nov 19, 2017MIA30-20W-1/44W/O5326832183365448-5A
Nov 12, 2017NYJ15-10W-1/44W/U9018127156219275-1H

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

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