If Bucs wins 11 games, 2020 is the first time since 2005 and Bucs has won more than 11 games for the fourth time in franchise history.
Oh, and they will trap the fifth seed. This week’s game is a bit more important than it first appears on the surface.
- All time series: Falcons leads the 28-26 all-time series
- Longest winning streak: Tampa Bay has won six straight games from 1997 to 2003.
- Maximum winning margin: I don’t think the Falcons’ embarrassing (for Bucks fans) 56-14 beatdowns will ever be replaced.
- Aggressive and defensive rankings for 2020: Bucks jumps to the 11th best offense (3rd pass, 28th rush) and 6th in total defense (22nd pass, 1st rush). The Falcons are currently 18th in total offense (5 passes, 29 rushes) and 28th in total defense (31 passes, 7 rushes).
- COVID-19, again: When the NFL’s COVID-19 protocol last met, Bucs had lost Donovan Smith and Ronald Jones II. There isn’t much difference this week. Simply replace Smith and RoJo with Devin White, Shaquil Barrett, and Steve McClendon. They are some big part that is missing from defense. It will be interesting to see how Anthony Nelson, Kevin Minter, and their associates work. Play for them. At least the Todd Bowles are still on the market.
- Near the house: A win at Tampa Bay guarantees a fifth seed in the playoffs. That means Bucks will move to the city that will host the final NFC East Champion. Traveling to Dallas, New York, or Washington is much easier than traveling to Seattle. This is likely to happen if Tampa Bay loses. And Rams wins.
- Milestones, milestones, milestones: There are some big records waiting to be broken this week. Mike Evans needed 40 yards to break the record for him and Randy Moss in a row of 1,000 yards, Bucks needed 11 points to break last year’s scoring record, and Tom Brady in the first season of Peyton Manning. With a team that needs two touchdown passes to break the record for the most passed touchdowns, and RoJo needs 100 yards to notch his first 1,000-yard season in the NFL.
- safety: The absence of White could mean that Bacchus has three safety items on the field. That’s not a bad thing. Mike Edwards plays well in a limited amount of time and Jordan Whitehead is an effective player in the box. We expect Edwards and Antoine Winfield Jr. to be deeply safe, sometimes mixing it in the box and seeing Whitehead approaching the line of scrimmage. It will be interesting to see how everyone is used this week.
- There is no slower start: Tampa Bay jumped out of the gate against the Lions, even with the help of an offside call that kept the first drive alive. Can Bucs embark on another quick start, or can we see something along most of the 15th week’s match / year?
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- QB Tom Brady: He led Bucs to 10 points out of the last 12 meaningful drives he participated in (except for ATL’s last series to run out of time). Can Brady continue his play?
- RB Ronald Jones II: No one is sure how much RoJo will play, but he will think he needs to give some spark to the backfield of Bucs.
- WR Mike Evans: Bruce Alliance told Evans last week that he “desperately” wanted this week’s 1k record. I think Evans is using it to play big games.
- DL Ndamukong Suh: Atlanta’s pass protection is good. Given that McLendon won’t play, Sue will need to reinforce it. Bucs pass rush must come from somewhere.
- OLB Jason Pierre Paul: Speaking of pass rush. JPP needs a half sack to record the second double digit sack season in three years with Bucs. Do you remember when Tampa Bay spent 12 years without a double-digit sack season?
- S Jordan Whitehead: Expect Bucs to use White out of the game to deploy three safety sets. This can mean that Whitehead plays a more hybrid role. It will be interesting to see how it works.
- QB Matt Ryan: The Falcons announced a good game plan in the 15th week, which caused Ryan to throw 235 yards and two touchdowns in the first half. Is he just as effective this time?
- WR Calvin Ridley: Julio Jones, no problem. Bucks couldn’t stop Ridley two weeks ago, and without Winfield’s PBU in the end zone, he could have won the Falcons match. I wouldn’t be surprised if he had another big game.
- TE Haydenhurst: He didn’t have the type of game Ridley had a few weeks ago, but he still had four receptions and found a way to the end zone. Will the Falcons look to Hurst in Whiteout?
- DT Grady Jarrett: Jarrett should always be considered when playing the Falcons. I hope he doesn’t give us pre-playoff horror by going to Brady in this game.
- OLB Dante Fowler Junior: Former Jaguar and Lamb Raheem Morris called out Earlier this week. Will it ignite under what was a disappointing season in 2020?
- S Kianunir: Finally he was healthy and Neil had a very good season in 2020. The last time the two teams met, he was flying around the field, so we can expect similar performances this time as well.
Bacchus has officially clinched the playoff spots, but the official seed has not yet been determined. If you win the Falcons, you will be the 5th seed, but if you lose the Rams, you will be the 6th Bucks, which will significantly change your plans for the wildcard weekend.
I was afraid of this match after the 15th week of the match, but it hasn’t changed much since. Especially about COVID issues that have occurred in the last few days.
But nevertheless, I still think Tampa Bay will win this game. There’s too much to do when it comes to planning the playoffs, and the team still needs personnel to improve. Over the last three weeks, I’ve dialed in to show that I’m ready, despite occasional problems. They know what they need to do.
The only thing I know for sure about this game is that it doesn’t take the (-6.5) line with Bucs. I have won Tampa Bay, but only points.
Anyway, plan your third 11-5 finish in franchise history and a fifth seed in the playoffs after winning the Falcons.
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