It goes without saying that the same Falcons team that beat the Saints and 49ers can absolutely beat the Buccaneers, especially if Jameis Winston is at the peak of his interception-tossing powers. But we’re also wary because the Falcons already lost to this Bucs team once, and they traditionally present a real challenge.
So what are our predictions, you ask? Glad to give them to you, one final time.
Bucs 33 - Falcons 24
I want to believe that the Falcons will close out the 2019 season on a high note. Especially after the team made the bold move/statement to assure that Dan Quinn and Thomas Dimitroff will be with the team for the 2020 season at least. I want to believe that the Falcons defense, that has played fairly well in recent weeks, will get their hands on a few turnovers from Bucs QB Jameis Winston and they probably will. However, despite the win streak and the admirable play over the last seven weeks, I still can’t simply trust the Falcons right now. They’re like that one girlfriend that you know plays with your emotions but you still convince yourself that everything is fine. I genuinely hope they prove me wrong. - Eric Robinson
Bucs 35 - Falcons 32
My score predictions have been wildly inaccurate and I still don’t have a good feel for the Falcons. Could they shut down Jameis Winston? Absolutely. Could they also get rolled by Winston? Totally possible, if not likely. Do I really trust the likes of Dirk Koetter, Vic Beasley, Dan Quinn, or the offensive line to put it all together? No, I have learned my lesson and the Falcons need to earn my trust. With Winston firing the ball indiscriminately down the field on every play, I am most worried about the young secondary allowing big plays and Koetter’s inability to keep pace. - Matt Chambers
Bucs 31 - Falcons 24
The Falcons can absolutely beat these Bucs, especially these Bucs without their top couple of receivers. With the coaching staff and front office secure now, Jameis Winston’s history of insanely great play against Atlanta, and the fact this very banged up team has to go on the road, though, a Tampa Bay win wouldn’t be surprising and shouldn’t be surprising. The Bucs handled the Falcons better the last time around than the Saints did in either contest this year, and nothing would be more like this team than falling flat after making such a big, controversial decision. - Dave Choate