TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS @ ATLANTA FALCONS

The 8-5 playoff chasing Bucs head to ATL to take on a 4-9 Falcons side who were up to their old tricks last week with a 4th quarter give away of a game they should’ve won.

Tampa beat the Vikings last week and did so by getting back to a balanced offense and running the football, Ronald Jones had 80 yards and a TD on the ground but he will be unavailable for this game so expect to see more of Leonard Fournette and Shady McCoy carrying the ball if they’re looking to maintain that balance to their offense which has improved the unit when we’ve seen it. The Defense impressed last week in the pass rush area, getting to Kirk Cousins for 6 sacks taking their tally on the year to 40 which ranks top 5 in the NFL and although they were unable to intercept Cousins they have been a playmaking defense this season with 14 INT’s which ranks 6th in all of Football.

The Falcons have made a habit of losing games in the fourth quarter this season and did exactly that again on Sunday with a Matt Ryan interception allowing the Chargers to win a game they probably shouldn’t have. Julio Jones will once again be missing and his absence makes a huge difference to this Offense, they’re just not as dangerous without him. The Defense has improved from the excuse of one they were to start the year but it’s still far from a good unit.

I can’t see past the Bucs here. I expect them to win this one at a bit of a canter. As for my best bet we’re going with Falcons fringe WR, Christian Blake who’s Receiving Yards number is U/O is a meagre 11.5 but this is a player who hasn’t even been targeted in his last two games including in the absence of Julio Jones last week so I’m happy to take the under on that number here.

PREDICTION: BUCS 27 โ€“ 21 FALCONS ย 

BEST BET: Christian Blake UNDER 11.5 Receiving Yards โ€“ 5/6 with SkyBet. 0.5 point bet.

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