We’re nearly here. This 2019 season has been a slog, one brightened only by a second half surge that has featured a couple of impressive, triumphant wins, but now we’re at the very end of the year.
There is much to come, of course, whether the Falcons make changes to their front office and coaching staff or not. Atlanta’s got a bunch of cuts to make to free up cap space, and if they do decide to overhaul their staff, there will be rumors and new hires and new philosophies and even more changes. Whatever happens, we just have to hope and pray the Falcons are not fighting to go 7-9 in Week 17 of 2020.
All that stands between us and the end of the year is a banged-up Tampa Bay Buccaneers team. Let’s see how they fare in the season finale, and here’s what you need to know.
Atlanta Falcons @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Week 17
When: Sunday, December 29, 1 p.m. EST
Where: Raymond James Stadium
Announcers: Tim Brando, Matt Millen, Sarah Walsh
Radio: 92.9 The Game
Key Questions: Can the Falcons put the brakes on Jameis Winston, who plays like an MVP-caliber quarterback against them? Will the offensive line hold up against a tough Buccaneers pass rush? Can Julio Jones score a touchdown and get into second place all-time on the team’s receiving TDs list? Will the Falcons win or lose, and what happens to Dan Quinn?
Prediction: Falcons lose, 31-24
SB Nation Opposition Site: Bucs Nation
2019 Falcons Schedule (6-9)
Week 1: @Minnesota Vikings — Loss
Week 2: vs. Philadelphia Eagles — Win
Week 3: @Indianapolis Colts — Loss
Week 4: vs. Tennessee Titans — Loss
Week 5: @Houston Texans —Loss
Week 6: @Arizona Cardinals — Loss
Week 7: vs. Los Angeles Rams — Loss
Week 8: vs. Seattle Seahawks — Loss
Week 9: BYE WEEK
Week 10: @New Orleans Saints — Win
Week 11: @Carolina Panthers — Win
Week 12: vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Loss
Week 13: vs. New Orleans Saints — Loss
Week 14: vs. Carolina Panthers — Win
Week 15: @San Francisco 49ers — Win
Week 16: vs. Jacksonville Jaguars — Win
Week 17: @Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Sunday, December 29, 1:00 p.m. (FOX)