From NFC south divisional play the Atlanta Falcons will travel to play the Atlanta Falcons in an NFL pro football game on Sunday afternoon.
Kick off time from Tampa Bay is scheduled for 1PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by FOX. The point spread opened up at a pick with a total of 48 points. Early money has shown on the side of the home team as Tampa Bay is now favored by -1 point. The total has moved up to 48 ½ points.
This is the first of two regular season meetings between the Buccaneers and Falcons. In 2011 the teams split their two head to head games with each team winning and covering the spread in their home game. NFL Trend: Tampa Bay Buccaneers are 4-0 ATS in their past four games.
The Falcons improve to 9-1 on the season after a 23-19 home win last week against the Arizona Cardinals as a -9 point home favorite. The total in the game went under 43 ½ points. Atlanta fights back from a 13-0 first quarter deficit to win. Their offense put up 354 yards with 58 from their ground attack on 24 carries. They survived six turnovers and pulled one away from the Cardinals. Matt Ryan completed 28 of 46 throws for 301 yards with five interceptions. Ryan has 20 touchdowns and 12 picks on the year. Atlanta allowed Arizona just 178 yards of offense with 137 running the football on 26 rushes. On defense the Falcons struggles in run defense allowing 130 yards a game which is 26th in the NFL.
Tampa Bay has won four straight games. They improve to 6-4 on the season after a 27-21 road win last week against the Carolina Panthers at a pick. The game ended over 46 ½ points. The Buccaneers overcome an 11 point four quarter deficit to force overtime. The comeback came with a 24 yard touchdown pass and two point conversion toss by Josh Freeman. Tampa Bay pushed across 403 offensive yards with 167 rushing on 30 carries. Josh Freeman hit on 25 of 46 throws for 248 yards with three touchdowns and two pick. Freeman has 21 touchdowns and 7 interceptions on the year. Doug Martin ran for 138 yards with 24 carries. Tampa Bay allowed Carolina 331 offensive yards with 97 on the ground on 34 running attempts. The Tampa Bay offense has revved up in recent weeks as they are now 5th in scoring offense averaging nearly 29 points a game. Tampa Bay is 32nd and last against the pass allowing 312 yards a game and throwing the football is a huge strength for the Falcons.