Two days from now, the Falcons will be playing again, hoping to reverse a three game skid that has left them shipwrecked on the rocks of despair or somesuch. They’ll attempt to do so, fittingly enough, against the Buccaneers.
It is genuinely anyone’s guess whether the Falcons can win, because it’s going to require either a truly superlative offensive performance, a more solid defensive one, or both. We just haven’t seen much to feel good about for Atlanta over the last month aside from the offense, which wilted badly against a Steelers team that was willing to go right after Matt Ryan. I feel better about their chances at home against a defense that’s just as inept as the Falcons’, but stopping Jameis Winston has always been tough for this Atlanta team, and their personnel hasn’t been this weak in a little while.
I like to think they can win—this and the Giants game are two of the better matchups the rest of the way—but we’ll see. Head into this game with modest expectations and hope for the best.
Falcons vs. Buccaneers key info
Time: Sunday, October 13, 1:00 p.m. EST
Location: Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia
TV Channel: FOX
Announcers: Thom Brennaman and Chris Spielman
Radio: 92.9 The Game
Odds: The Falcons are three point favorites at home
Prediction: Falcons win, 38-34
Key Questions: Will the Falcons be able to return to their high-flying ways on offense against a truly awful Buccaneers defense? Will Grady Jarrett be back to help hold a pretty potent Bucs offense in check? Oh god, how many points will they score?
SB Nation Opposition Site: Bucs Nation
2018 Falcons Schedule (1-3)
Week 1: Falcons @ Eagles, Thursday Night Football - Loss
Week 2: Falcons vs. Panthers, Win
Week 3: Falcons vs. Saints, Loss
Week 4: Falcons vs. Bengals, Loss
Week 5: Falcons @ Steelers, Sunday October, Loss
Week 6: Falcons vs. Buccaneers, Sunday October 14 1:00 p.m.
Week 7: Falcons vs. Giants, Monday Night Football October 22 8:15 p.m.
Week 8: BYE WEEK
Week 9: Falcons @ Redskins, Sunday November 4 1:00 p.m.
Week 10: Falcons @ Browns, Sunday November 11 1:00 p.m.
Week 11: Falcons vs. Cowboys, Sunday November 18 1:00 p.m.
Week 12: Falcons @ Saints, Thursday Night Football - Thanksgiving November 22 8:20 p.m.
Week 13: Falcons vs. Ravens, Sunday December 2 1:00 p.m.
Week 14: Falcons @ Packers, Sunday December 9 1:00 p.m.
Week 15: Falcons vs. Cardinals, Sunday December 16 1:00 p.m.
Week 16: Falcons @ Panthers, Sunday December 23 1:00 p.m.
Week 17: Falcons @ Buccaneers, Sunday December 30 1:00 p.m.