The Falcons and Buccaneers haven’t been rivals forever, but these two largely sad sack franchises have still had a contentious, even series history.
Tampa Bay took the lead in the all-time series last year by sweeping the Falcons, which was painful to watch in many ways. Tampa Bay’s ex-Falcons coaching staff and bizarre draft day trade into the second round for a kicker aside, that team has a brighter future than it has in many years, so we can’t take a home victory in Week 1 for granted, as much as we might like to.
This game is important for the Falcons because they can get to 1-0 in what promises to be a hard-fought season, but it also represents an opportunity for Atlanta to tie the all-time series back up. I’d enjoy that.
First Meeting: 1977, when the Falcons won 17-0
Last Meeting: Sunday, December 6, 2015. The Falcons lost 23-19
Home/Road: Falcons 12-9 at home, 10-14 on the road
Series Point Totals: Buccaneers 952, Falcons 902
Most Points in a Game: 56, Falcons
Playoff History: N/A