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Buccaneers vs Falcons Prediction, Game Preview, Live Stream, Odds and Picks

NFC South Champs Look to Finish Over .500

Rookie Hopes to Lift Atlanta Past Tampa Bay

Fans watching Tampa Bay quarterback Tom Brady throw for 432 yards and three touchdowns in an NFC South Division clincher against Carolina had to wonder where that has been. Mike Evans blew up for 207 yards on 10 catches and three touchdowns. It could be more of a struggle when facing Atlanta cornerback A.J. Terrell, one of the best at his position in the NFL.

With Tampa Bay locked into the No. 4 seed in the NFC, it remains to be seen how much the star players for the Buccaneers will be playing against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.

Buccaneers vs Falcons Prediction, Game Preview, Live Stream, Odds and Picks
Buccaneers vs Falcons Prediction, Game Preview, Live Stream, Odds and Picks

Atlanta rookie quarterback Desmond Ridder was born several months before Buccaneers QB Tom Brady was selected in the 2000 NFL Draft.

There is a chance that Bucs center Ryan Jensen could return to action after missing most of the season with a knee injury. He joins cornerback Carlton Davis, receiver Julio Jones and defensive end Carl Nassib as the Tampa Bay players who are questionable.

For Atlanta, offensive tackle Jalen Mayfield has a chance to return to the field, and fellow offensive lineman Elijah Wilkinson is also questionable.

The Buccaneers (+6500) are eighth in the odds to win the Super Bowl according to the NFL playoff odds.

Let’s check the latest NFL odds, stats, injury reports, and NFL lines for Buccaneers vs Falcons. We’ve plenty of Vegas NFL odds and NFL week 18 picks for you to consider.

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Bucs Focusing On Playoffs

This has not been the easiest of seasons for Tampa Bay as it has taken a couple of late-game comebacks for the Buccaneers to win what is considered to be the weakest division in the NFL this season.

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Injuries have wreaked havoc with key players, especially on the defensive side of the ball. Star pass rusher Shaq Barrett is out for the season while defensive backs Davis, Jamel Dean, Antoine Winfield, Mike Edwards, Logan Ryan, and Sean Murphy-Bunting have combined to miss 19 games. Defensive tackle Vita Vea has also been in and out of the lineup.

If the Buccaneers enter the playoffs healthy, there are enough players who played starring roles in the Super Bowl run two years ago for them to be a dangerous team.

The Buccaneers have covered against the Las Vegas odds in just one of their last six games.

Future Is Now

Rookies will be showcased once again when the Atlanta Falcons have the ball.

Ridder is set to make his fourth appearance for the Falcons. Fellow rookie Tyler Allgeier needs 100 yards to hit the 1,000-yard mark. He has rushed for 296 yards over the last three games and also has six receptions. Receiver Drake London has at least five receptions in each of the last games.

With no pressure, don’t be surprised to see the future stars of the Atlanta offense let it rip as they try to send Tampa Bay into the playoffs with a loss.

On defense, linebacker Rashaan Evans is fifth in the NFL with 154 tackles in his first season with the Falcons.

Atlanta has failed to cover against the NFL betting lines in two of its last 10 games.

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Buccaneers vs Falcons Head-to-Head

Tampa Bay has won each of the last five meetings with the Falcons as well as the last three matchups played in Atlanta.

The Buccaneers won 21-15 at home on Oct. 9 as Leonard Fournette scored twice to help Tampa Bay get out to the 21-point lead. The Falcons did cover as a 10-point underdog.

Tampa Bay is looking to sweep the season series for the third year in a row. The game earlier this season ended a run of three straight double-digit wins by the Buccaneers.

Seven consecutive games in the series had gone over the total before the last two finished under the total.

Buccaneers vs Falcons Game Information

  • Game: Buccaneers vs Falcons
  • Date/Time: Sunday, Jan. 8, 1:00 p.m. ET
  • Location: Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta
  • How to watch Buccaneers vs Falcons?: FOX
    Buccaneers vs Falcons Live stream: NFL Game Pass

Buccaneers vs Falcons Game Weather Conditions

Temperatures are expected to be in the low 50s at kickoff, but since Mercedes-Benz Stadium can be an enclosed facility, the weather won’t play an impact.

Buccaneers vs Falcons Picks and Prediction

Predicted Score: Tampa Bay 24, Atlanta 20

  • Worth Betting on the Moneyline?

Although Tampa Bay won the division and is two games ahead of Atlanta, the Falcons enter the game as the favorite.

It hasn’t been pretty for the Buccaneers with two losses to teams already eliminated from the playoffs. The last five games won by Tampa Bay have come by a total of 19 points.

A moneyline of +170 is worth taking a chance on even if more money is coming in on the host team, which is priced at -200.

  • Worth Betting ATS?

Tampa Bay is among the worst teams against the spread this season with a 4-11-1 mark compared to the Falcons going 8-8 against the Las Vegas odds. There are those who are probably fed up with the Buccaneers coming up short against the spread and this is another risky game to wager on.

A playoff spot is already wrapped up for Tampa Bay and the Buccaneers won’t move ahead of the other division winners regardless of the outcome, so players nursing injuries could see limited action or be held out of the game. This might be a good game to pass on with the Falcons favored by four points. The line opened as a Pick’em so plenty of money has been coming in on Atlanta.

  • Worth Betting on the Totals?

The 40½ total is a bit on the low side considering how much Tampa Bay likes to throw the ball. This doesn’t have the feeling of a 38-35 matchup, but both teams hitting the 20-point mark seems like a reasonable expectation. Taking the over in this game could be the smartest move, even with a rookie quarterback getting the call for the Falcons.

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