There’s no point in sugarcoating it: This is the easiest game left on the schedule for Atlanta, and thus one that’s dangerously easy to overlook. The Buccaneers do have talent, but they’re a rudderless football team the Falcons already dispatched once this year, and they have to face a motivated Falcons team without Gerald McCoy.
There are many ways Atlanta could win this game. They could pound the ball with a relatively fresh Devonta Freeman, taking advantage of a soft Tampa Bay front seven all game long. They could feed Julio Jones again, since there’s really nobody on the Bucs who can stop him. Or they could spread the ball around, run a balanced gameplan, and try to pressure Jameis Winston into throwing some awful interceptions that tip the game decidedly in their favor. When you’re facing a team like the Bucs, even when you’re on the road, a lot of avenues are open to you.
So what do the Falcons need to do in order to triumph Monday night? I turn the question over to you.