Atlanta @ Tampa Bay
Current Records: Atlanta 0-1; Tampa Bay 1-0
Last Season Records: Tampa Bay 11-5; Atlanta 4-12
What to Know
The Atlanta Falcons lost both of their matches to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last season on scores of 27-31 and 27-44, so they’re hoping to turn the tables this season. The Falcons and Tampa Bay will face off in an NFC South battle at 4:05 p.m. ET Sunday at Raymond James Stadium. Coming off of a loss in a game they were expected to win, Atlanta now face the more daunting task of proving themselves against unfavorable odds.
Atlanta has to be hurting after a devastating 32-6 defeat at the hands of the Philadelphia Eagles last week. One thing holding Atlanta back was the mediocre play of QB Matt Ryan, who did not have his best game: he passed for only 164 yards on 35 attempts.
Tampa Bay decided to play defense against itself last Thursday, but the team still came out ahead despite their 106 penalty yards. They narrowly escaped with a win as the squad sidled past the Dallas Cowboys 31-29. The Buccaneers got their victory on the backs of several key players, and it was QB Tom Brady out in front passing for four TDs and 379 yards on 50 attempts. Brady ended up with a passer rating of 146.10.
Tampa Bay’s win lifted them to 1-0 while Atlanta’s loss dropped them down to 0-1. Giving up four turnovers, Tampa Bay had had trouble holding onto the ball. We’ll see if the Falcons can exploit that vulnerability.
How To WatchWhen: Sunday at 4:05 p.m. ETWhere: Raymond James Stadium — Tampa, FloridaTV: FOXOnline streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)Follow: CBS Sports AppTicket Cost: $59.00Odds
The Buccaneers are a big 12.5-point favorite against the Falcons, according to the latest NFL odds.
The oddsmakers were right in line with the betting community on this one, as the game opened as a 12.5-point spread, and stayed right there.
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Tampa Bay and Atlanta both have six wins in their last 12 games.
Jan 03, 2021 – Tampa Bay 44 vs. Atlanta 27Dec 20, 2020 – Tampa Bay 31 vs. Atlanta 27Dec 29, 2019 – Atlanta 28 vs. Tampa Bay 22Nov 24, 2019 – Tampa Bay 35 vs. Atlanta 22Dec 30, 2018 – Atlanta 34 vs. Tampa Bay 32Oct 14, 2018 – Atlanta 34 vs. Tampa Bay 29Dec 18, 2017 – Atlanta 24 vs. Tampa Bay 21Nov 26, 2017 – Atlanta 34 vs. Tampa Bay 20Nov 03, 2016 – Atlanta 43 vs. Tampa Bay 28Sep 11, 2016 – Tampa Bay 31 vs. Atlanta 24Dec 06, 2015 – Tampa Bay 23 vs. Atlanta 19Nov 01, 2015 – Tampa Bay 23 vs. Atlanta 20