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Two of the most disappointing teams of the season face off Sunday when the Atlanta Falcons (3-7) host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-7) at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
The Falcons enter this game the hotter of the two teams, but the Bucs have beaten the Rams, Panthers and Cardinals this season, so they should never be overlooked. Who will have the edge in this NFC South showdown? Here’s a preview of the game followed by trends and our prediction.
The Falcons have won two in a row, first beating the Saints in New Orleans, 26-9, and then handily dispensing the Carolina Panthers, 29-3. Whether the Falcons have had an awakening, or whether they are playing for coach Dan Quinn’s job is anyone’s guess, but they have looked like a different team the last two weeks, and they have been playing better on both sides of the ball.
Matt Ryan has one of the best one-two combos at wide receiver in the league with Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley, and Kenjon Barner has filled in nicely for Devonta Freeman when he has missed time dealing with his injured foot. If the Falcons can continue to roll offensively, they could be a dangerous team moving forward. They have also stepped up defensively.
The Falcons have a whopping 11 sacks over their last two games, which has been a huge turnaround for their defense. They will also have opportunities to take the ball away against Winston, who leads the league in turnovers.
Jameis Winston and Company have lost five of their last six games, and they have very little hope to finish the season strong based on the product they’re putting on the field. Winston throws for a ton of yards, but he also has a ton of turnovers–a league-high 22.
On defense, Tampa Bay has the best run defense in football, allowing a measly 80.9 yards a game on the ground. It’s defending the pass where this team has gotten into trouble this season. The Bucs are allowing over 290 yards a game through the air, and they could very likely get burned repeatedly by Jones and Ridley this weekend.
Trends, Pick and Prediction:
Spread: Tampa Bay +3.5
Raiders (-3) over JETS: Sam Darnold may have regained measure of confidence off wins over Giants and Redskins — though this is a significant step up in class. Acknowledge concern regarding health issues the Silver and Black’s secondary has endured of late.
Dolphins (+10½) over BROWNS: Cleveland has gotten past the toughest stretch of their schedule, but need to close 5-1 or better to have viable postseason shot. That visit to Arizona followed by an invasion by the Ravens won’t be easy, especially without defensive ace Myles Garrett. Even with a dubious running game, Miami is an eternal backdoor threat with Ryan Fitzpatrick at QB.
BILLS (-4) over Broncos: Nobody is giving anything away here, with wise guys having already skimmed the cream off what tangible spread advantage existed on the underdog side of this equation.
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BENGALS (+6¹/₂) over Steelers: Pittsburgh rode its defense to success against the Rams, but then couldn’t hack a Thursday night road trip to Cleveland. The Bengals hung around vs. Oakland largely due to lapses in concentration by multiple Raiders. No WR JuJu Smith-Schuster or RB James Conner for visitors.
SAINTS (-9½) over Panthers: New Orleans delivered an expected rebound vs. the Buccaneers off a bad Superdome loss to the revived Falcons. Even with the all-world Christian McCaffrey at running back, Carolina is enduring midseason pains behind regressing QB Kyle Allen, who’s lofted nine picks in his past four games.
Buccaneers (+4½) at FALCONS: Atlanta cleared up multitude of sins during its bye, and proceeded to snuff Saints and Panthers by a combined 55-12 — easing pressures on coach Dan Quinn. This is a challenging call, given Atlanta has valuable skill pieces (Matt Ryan, et al) up against QB Jameis Winston, desperate to ease the pressure on the Bucs’ yielding secondary.
Lions (-3½) over REDSKINS: Both sides are trotting out skill people impersonating frontline NFL quarterback talent (Jeff Driskel for the visitors, Dwayne Haskins for the hosts). Haskins is eager to lead, but his experience/talent level falls short of the executive class, and Haskins’ supporting cast is struggling.
Jaguars (+3) over TITANS: Jacksonville is a book play, so we’ll swing that way, but still need to see Nick Foles enjoy sustained league success in a role other than the Honest Workman stepping in for the injured Wentz and leading a superior Eagles roster/organization to their well-deserved Super Bowl title.
PATRIOTS (-6½) over Cowboys: You’re getting New England at a reasonable price, facing a franchise that’s the glamorous darling of millions of fans who only see sunshine and flowers. The Pats are concerned about Tom Brady’s elbow, though he’ll start, and they know how to do more with less — a valuable skill, up against an organization where so many have made careers of doing less with more in recent times.
Packers (+3) over 49ERS: San Francisco’s timeline reflects a perfect first half of the season against lesser opponents. A tight home loss to the Seahawks led into a narrow escape against Arizona, though Jimmy Garoppolo had to pass 45 times! Their defense has yielded 26 points per game in their past three, with road trips to Baltimore and New Orleans on deck. The Niners are without multiple key people, including bulwark LT Joe Staley.
RAMS (+3) over Ravens: Lamar Jackson is miles ahead of Jared Goff, and L.A. is enduring significant injury issues along its fronts — though we’re concerned the Ravens may have peaked too soon offensively, given their 157-point output in their past four games. Baltimore is in enviable shape going forward, especially should they get by this (and their home date against San Francisco next week).