The Atlanta Falcons have scored 71 points over their last two games, allowed 38, and just beat the Seattle Seahawks on the road. Their next game is going to be at home against a Tampa Bay Buccaneers team that has been reeling all season and is starting Ryan Fitzpatrick at quarterback. You will be shocked—shocked, I say!—to learn that Atlanta is the heavy favorite here.
As of the time I wrote this article, the Falcons are ten point favorites virtually everywhere you look. Considering that this team is pretty healthy outside of Devonta Freeman’s ongoing concussion issues, it’s a more-than-fair number, especially when you consider that the Bucs have one of the worst pass defenses and pass rushes in the entire NFL. That does not at all sound like some Falcons defenses we used to know and (sort of) love, does it?
I’m not going to be guilty of taking the Buccaneers lightly—they’re the easiest team left on the schedule, but NFC South matchups are rarely truly easy--but Atlanta needs this win. Let’s hope they’re fired up, motivated, and ready to destroy Tampa Bay.