NFC South rivals Tampa Bay and Atlanta square off on Thursday Night Football with the Falcons hosting the Buccaneers at 8:25 PM ET on NFL Network. Buccaneers vs Falcons Betting Odds spread has Atlanta -6.5 with 68% of the action on the favorite. In NFL Week 2 Atlanta (1-1 SU 1-1 ATS) was beaten handily at Cincinnati 10-24 as +5.5 dogs. Tampa Bay (0-2 0-2) was beaten on their home turf for the second consecutive week 17-19 by St. Louis as -4 “chalk.” Our Expert NFL Predictions handicappers broke down the sides. Buccaneers vs Falcons Betting Odds at SPORTS BETTING ONLINE
About Atlanta: A healthier Atlanta team will have too many offensive weapons for a depleted Tampa Bay defense to contend with. Falcons QB Matt Ryan (88.2 passer rating) has had protection issues so torching the Bucs downfield might not be available but Ryan should dissect T.B. with passes underneath.
About Tampa Bay: The Buccaneers have run the ball well with explosive RB Bobby Rainey (6.0 yards per carry) but if Atlanta’s big play offense gets to Tampa Bay early it will be tough for marginal Bucs QB Luke McCown (75.1) to bring them back. Buccaneers vs Falcons Betting Odds Total is at 45.0 points
Expert NFL Predictions Bottom Line: These teams split their divisional series last year with with Tampa Bay +2.5 points per game better. Atlanta will own a healthy +4.0 point home field advantage with a packed Georgia Dome amped in primetime. The Buccaneers are coming off a game where they lost at home to an ordinary St. Louis team with a rookie backup quarterback. Special teams will also favor the Falcons with a game changing return man in Devin Hester (4.24 40-speed). Hester has also become something of a secret weapon as a wideout. Play the Falcons against a Bucaneers team that sports a defense resembling a M.A.S.H. unit.
Week 3 NFL Predictions Experts Play: Atlanta -6.5 spread at SPORTS BETTING ONLINE
Buccaneers vs Falcons Tale-Of-The-Tape
Coaching Staff: Falcons
Running Back: Falcons
Offensive Line: Bucs
Defensive Line: Falcons
Special Teams: Falcons