Game Time: 4:05 pm ET, Sunday, September 19, 2021
Venue: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL
Where to Watch: Fox
Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks
DraftKings: Point Spread: Falcons +12.5, Buccaneers -12.5; Over/Under: 51 points
Bet365: Point Spread: Falcons +12.5, Buccaneers -12.5; Over/Under: 51 points
BetMGM: Point Spread: Falcons +12, Buccaneers -12; Over/Under: 52 points
Atlanta Falcons: 0-1 (4th place, AFC South)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 1-0 (2nd place, NFC South)
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Atlanta Falcons vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers Preview and Analysis
Atlanta Falcons: lost at home on Sep.12 against the Philadelphia Eagles 32-6.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: won at home on Sep. 9 against the Dallas Cowboys 31-29.
Atlanta Falcons Analysis
The ATL Falcons are coming into this matchup after losing their home opener against the Eagles by almost 30 points. Quarterback Matt Ryan did not play well completing 21/35 passes for 164 yards, zero touchdowns, and zero interceptions. They were not able to establish much of a run game as Cordarrelle Patterson led the team with 54 rushing yards on 7 carries. Mike Davis actually had the biggest workload with 15 carries but only managed to get 49 yards rushing. The receiving corps had a very quiet day as Calvin Ridley led them with 51 yards on 5 receptions. A.J. Terrell and Duron Harmon both led the defense with 6 solo tackles and 1 assisted one each. No one on the defense had an interception in the game but Jacob Tuioti-Mariner came away with the only sack for his team. The Falcons were only able to score 6 points while they allowed their opponents to score 32 against them. Their offense is averaging 260 YPG while their defense is allowing 434 YPG.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Analysis
The TB Bucs are coming into this game after a close 2 point win against the Cowboys in week 1. Tom Brady played well but also struggled at times as he completed 32/50 passes for 379 yards, 4 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. Leonard Fournette led the team in rushing with 32 yards on 9 carries but they did not really run the ball a whole lot in that game. The receivers had a massive day though. Antonio Brown led the way with 121 receiving yards and 1 TD on 5 receptions. Chris Godwin also had a great day with 105 receiving yards and 1 TD on 9 receptions. Rob Gronkowski also saw a lot of action as he had 90 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns on 8 receptions. Devin White led the defense with 8 solo tackles and 2 assisted ones. Shaquil Barrett recorded the only sack in the game for them while Carlton Davis came up with the 1 interception for his team. The Bucs' offense scored 31 points in that game and they allowed their opponents to score 29 points against them. Their offense is averaging 431 YPG and their defense is allowing 451 YPG.
Falcons vs Buccaneers Prediction
The Falcons looked really bad in week 1. They have struggled for years now and it looks like nothing has changed for them. They are now going on the road against the defending Super Bowl Champions and this will not turn out well for them. The Bucs are coming off of a high scoring game already. The Falcons offense may still be garbage in this game but they have to do a little better than 6 points. They will be playing from behind too so they will need to throw the ball more and they do have a talented receiver to make those catches. This game is going to go over the total. Between a high scoring Tampa team and an Atlanta team that just needs to do better in this game, there will be a lot of points in this divisional matchup.
Falcons Buccaneers Prediction: Our NFL Pick for Sunday, September 19, 2021 (4:05 pm ET start time) is Buccaneers 42 Falcons 16.
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NFL Betting Trends
Atlanta Falcons: 14-18 ATS in all games. 10-14 ATS against conference opponents.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 11-6 ATS in all games where the total is greater than or equal to 49.5. 7-1 ATS after gaining 75 or less rushing yards last game.
Atlanta Falcons: F. Darby (WR) Out Sun - Calf injury. K. Sheffield (DB) Out indefinitely - Undisclosed injury. J. Andrews (OL) Out indefinitely - Hand injury.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: C. Davis (CB) Ques Sun - Hamstring injury. A. Brown (WR) Prob Sun - Knee injury. S. Barrett (LB) Prob Sun - Back injury.
Players to Watch
Atlanta Falcons: Calvin Ridley is one player to watch in this game. He leads the team in receiving and is now the star wide receiver on this team. They had an awful showing in their last game failing to score even a touchdown. Look for him to find the end zone here as the Falcons step up their play.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Ronald Jones is one player to watch in this game. He is coming off of a great year last season and will be looking to play better in this one as he was quiet in the last game. Look for him to get some touches here and make some good runs.
"I did a really poor job getting us ready to go. That game is not going to define us. It's a long season to go, but I certainly didn't do a good enough job getting us ready to go today." - Arthur Smith after a terrible loss at home in the opening weekend.
"There was no doubt that we're going to win the game with him. It's just who's going to make plays." - Bruce Arians on his belief in his team despite a close game.
WR Ridley, Calvin
WR Gage, Russell
TE Hurst, Hayden
TE SMITH, LEE
QB RYAN, MATT
RB Davis, Mike
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
WR Evans, Mike
WR Godwin, Chris
TE Howard, OJ
TE GRONKOWSKI, ROB
QB BRADY, TOM
RB Jones II, Ronald
RB Fournette, Leonard
Passing: M. Ryan (164)
Rushing: C. Patterson (54)
Receiving: C. Ridley (51)
Sacks: J. Tuioti-Mariner (1)
Tackles: D. Harmon (6)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Passing: T. Brady (379)
Rushing: L. Fournette (32)
Receiving: A. Brown (121)
Touchdowns: R. Gronkowski (2)
Sacks: S. Barrett (1)
Tackles: D. White (8)
Atlanta Falcons: Arthur Smith (1st season)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Bruce Arians (3rd season)
86 degrees F scattered thunderstorms, 73% humidity, 60% chance of rain, up to 5 mph wind speeds N.