This is the Sunday you’ve been waiting for since January. The Atlanta Falcons are going to play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the first week of the NFL season, with a chance to start the year off on the right foot and show us an offseason of talk about growth and speed and physicality wasn’t just talk.
To do so, they’ll need to beat the Bucs, which they couldn’t do in two tries a year ago. They have Matt Ryan’s home opener magic working for them (he’s 8-0 in his career with 19 touchdowns and 4 interceptions in those games), plus the fact that this is undeniably an improved roster, albeit not yet a great one. Whether that’s enough to beat a likely improved Buccaneers team with Dirk Koetter and Mike Smith hellbent on revenge is certainly up for debate, but it won’t be after Sunday.
Below, you’ll find what you need to keep track of Sunday’s game. We hope you’ll join us here to discuss it.
Game time: Sunday, September 11, 1 p.m. EST
Location: Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia
TV Channel: FOX
Radio: 92.9 The Game (Wes Durham and Dave Archer)
Listen Live: Caleb Rutherford takes you through the game with live commentary!
Online Stream: Can't give you any legal, live streams, but NFL Gamepass offers a live audio stream of the Wes Durham and Dave Archer call, and is your best option for watching the games afterwards. DirecTV also has NFL Sunday Ticket, which is worth checking out.
Announcers: Sam Rosen, David Diehl, Holly Sanders
Injury Report: The final report will be coming out later today, but we know the Falcons will be without the services of Keanu Neal.
Odds: Falcons are favored by three
Prediction: Falcons win 28-24
Opposition: Bucs Nation