As of late Sunday night, when I wrote this, the Falcons were one point underdogs to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. By this morning (and probably later than I was awake last night), that line had moved to Atlanta’s favor.
Atlanta’s on the road in Thursday Night Football, with both teams coming off of challenging short weeks, and they’ve now looked less than impressive in three straight games. Tampa Bay, meanwhile, has gone 2-1 in their last three games, nearly offing the Oakland Raiders in a game that ultimately went to overtime. It’s fair for Vegas to be skeptical, but after the Falcons beat Green Bay late, it makes sense to have Atlanta favored by a field goal.
I personally think the Falcons will win this game in strong fashion, given what’s at stake, but in Thursday Night Football you never can tell.