Buccaneers-Falcons Preview Capsule
TAMPA BAY (2-2) at ATLANTA (1-4)
Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, Fox
OPENING LINE — Falcons by 5
RECORD VS. SPREAD — Tampa Bay 2-2, Atlanta 1-4
SERIES RECORD — Falcons 25-24
LAST MEETING — Falcons beat Buccaneers 24-21, Dec. 18, 2017
LAST WEEK — Buccaneers had bye, lost 48-10 at Chicago on Sept. 30; Falcons lost to Steelers 41-17
AP PRO32 RANKING — Buccaneers No. 22, Falcons No. 27
BUCCANEERS OFFENSE — OVERALL (2), RUSH (T-13), PASS (1).
BUCCANEERS DEFENSE — OVERALL (31), RUSH (4), PASS (32).
FALCONS OFFENSE — OVERALL (13), RUSH (26), PASS (9).
FALCONS DEFENSE — OVERALL (28), RUSH (31), PASS (T-23).
STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Falcons have won three straight in series. ... Buccaneers (34.8 points allowed per game) and Falcons (32.6) are league's worst scoring defenses. ... In five career games against Atlanta, Jameis Winston has 12 TD passes, two interceptions. ... RB Peyton Barber ran for two TDs in last game against Falcons but has not scored this season. ... WR DeSean Jackson has more than 100 yards receiving in three of four games this season. Jackson and WR Mike Evans are two of four in NFL to average more than 100 yards and have at least three TD catches. Others are Minnesota's Adam Thielen and New Orleans' Michael Thomas. ... Evans has 42 catches for 640 yards, six TDs, in last seven games against Falcons. ... TE Cameron Brate has TD catch in two straight games. ... DE Jason Pierre-Paul has four sacks in last three games. ... Falcons have lost three straight for worst start in coach Dan Quinn's four seasons. ... After first three losses by combined 13 points, Falcons suffered blowout defeat last week at Pittsburgh. ... Falcons' defense already without S Keanu Neal, S Ricardo Allen and LB Deion Jones, and could be missing DT Grady Jarrett (ankle) for second straight week. ... QB Matt Ryan has combined 793 yards passing, eight TDs, no interceptions in last two home games and now faces Bucs' last-ranked pass defense. ... WR Julio Jones had 12 catches for 253 yards, two TDs in last game against Tampa Bay, but has no TD catches this season. ... Rookie WR Calvin Ridley leads NFL with six TD catches. ... DE Takk McKinley has six sacks in last six home games. ... Fantasy tip: Winston could be poised for big game against Falcons' decimated defense. Falcons have allowed three TD passes in four straight games. Winston threw three TD passes with no interceptions in last meeting between teams.
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