Look, it is not unfair to put the Falcons down as mere six point favorites against the Buccaneers. The Bucs will be at home with plenty of pride at stake and a desire for revenge, and in a divisional game, that’s enough to make things close or even potentially swing into upset territory. Once the real world comes crashing down on Falcons-Bucs, any number of things could happen.
On paper, though? This isn’t even likely to be particularly competitive if both teams play at roughly the median level they’ve played at all year, and it got even worse for the Bucs when Gerald McCoy went down, probably for the year. It’s not the Falcons lack for motivation, either, considering they’re fighting for their playoff lives. They also happen to have a better roster, coaching staff, and post-game buffet. This should be a rout.
I don’t expect it to be one, for the record, but it should be. May this blog post inspire greatness in our Falcons Monday night.