|Written by Michael|
Bet on the NFL Battle of the NFC South. The first place Atlanta Falcons hit the road for Tampa Bay to challenge the third place Buccaneers. Tamp Bay is 7-4-0, while the Falcons are 9-2-0. The Bucs are coming off a loss last weekend at Baltimore, but the Falcons on the other hand, have not lost a game since Week 6 vs. the Eagles. The Atlanta Falcons defense has been solid all season long and in their game against the Green Bay Packers they showed they can hold down a powerful NFL betting offense. John Abraham is the unquestioned leader on this team that is allowing only 100 yards per game on the ground and 245 yards through the air. The Atlanta Falcons defense has also held opponents under 20 points per game.
Josh Freeman and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers offense was not up to the task against the Baltimore Ravens in their game and as a sportsbook nine point underdog they put up a valiant fight. Freeman was held to 162 yards passing and he was contained but the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were in the game against Baltimore until the end.
The running game for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers also needs to pick up the pace.
They are averaging 117 yards per game and they must establish the run if they want to win. The Atlanta Falcons defense has the edge over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers offense. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been strong against the pass.. The combination of Aqib Talib and Ronde Barber has been one of the best secondary duos in the NFL this season. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers run defense is their weakness. They will have to contain Michael Turner if they want to have an impact against their NFC South rival.
Matt Ryan, the Atlanta Falcons quarterback is for real after his big win over the Green Bay Packers. Matt Ryan buckled down and led the final drive for a field goal late in the game to finish off a Green Bay Packers team that hung tough all game. The running game will be key and Michael Turner could have a break out game early in this game.