After a glorious start to the season, the Falcons will tackle the hated Bucs today. And when I say tackle, I mean literally and hopefully frequently. I really don't like Tampa Bay.
Regardless, the team will once again call upon the awesome power of Michael Turner and Jerious Norwood to get the job done. Matt Ryan will be forced to wear his big boy helmet against a much better defense. And our defense will not be nearly as sorely tested by a weaker Bucs offense. I think this game is very much within reach.
So grab some chips and salsa, crack open a cold one and join me after the jump.
Who? Atlanta Falcons at Tampa Bay Bucs, 4:05 p.m. ET
Where? Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida
Weather? Partly sunny, with a chance of Jon Gruden pouting.
Fun Fact? There's such bad blood between coach Gruden and QB Jeff Garcia that the former starter is now riding the pine. Brian Griese is better in some ways, but neither is a terribly scary option.
Injuries? K Jason Elam is questionable, as is C Alex Stepanovich. LB Coy Wire is probable and unlikely to see much outside of special teams reps. For the Bucs, LB Derrick Brooks, QB Jeff Garcia and WR Maurice Stovall are all questionable. G Davin Joseph is out. LB Matt McCoy is probable.
Odds? Tampa Bay over Atlanta 7.0, Over/Under 37.5
Foe? My good friend and bitter rival JScott will be active over at Buc 'Em, where Bucs fans will bear witness to Michael Turner ravaging their defense (I hope). Be sure to stop by.
GO FALCONS! Let's sink these Bucs!