If you’re like me, you’re going into a full defensive crouch for the final three games of the season. On paper, two games against the Buccaneers and one against the Chiefs is one of the toughest stretches of the year, and two of those games are going to be on the road. Taking previously modest expectations and turning the dial to zero is probably smart for all of us, given the additional stress the holidays are already placing on us.
That said, the games aren’t going away, try as we might to lessen their impacts on our weeks. Sunday’s tilt against the Buccaneers is the final home game of the season for the Falcons, and thus is the game they’re likeliest to be competitive in. Here’s how you can watch with your freshly tempered expectations.
Atlanta Falcons vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Week 15
When: Sunday, December 20, 1 p.m. EST
Where: Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia
Announcers: Kevin Burkhardt, Daryl Johnston, Pam Oliver
Radio: 92.9 The Game
Key Questions: Can the Falcons pull off an upset at home against a good but not invincible Buccaneers team, or at least make this one interesting enough that it’s not a slog to watch? Will the pass rush get home in a way it didn’t last week against the Chargers? Can the Falcons secondary hold a potent Buccaneers passing attack in check? Will the passing game get going for the first time in weeks?
Prediction: The Falcons are probably going to lose this one, and I struggle to see how the can keep it particularly close with the way they’ve been playing recently on offense in particular. I’ll say Buccaneers 27, Falcons 20, because it’s a divisional game and crazy things sometimes happen.
SB Nation Opposition Site: Bucs Nation
2020 Falcons Schedule (4-9)
Week 1: Loss vs. Seattle Seahawks
Week 2: Loss at Dallas Cowboys
Week 3: Loss vs. Chicago Bears
Week 4: Loss at Green Bay Packers
Week 5: Loss vs. Carolina Panthers
Week 6: Win at Minnesota Vikings
Week 7: Loss vs. Detroit Lions
Week 8: Win at Carolina Panthers
Week 9: Win vs. Denver Broncos
Week 10: BYE
Week 11: Loss at New Orleans Saints
Week 12: Win vs. Las Vegas Raiders
Week 13: Loss vs. New Orleans Saints
Week 14: Loss at Los Angeles Chargers
Week 15: vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Sunday, December 20, 1:00 p.m.
Week 16: at Kansas City Chiefs — Sunday, December 27, 1:00 p.m.
Week 17: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Sunday, January 3, 1:00 p.m.