Atlanta vs Tampa Bay prediction, game preview, how to watch, lines: Week 2
Atlanta vs Tampa Bay How To Watch
Date: Sunday, September 19
Game Time: 4:05 ET
Venue: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa FL
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Atlanta (0-1) vs Tampa Bay (1-0) Game Preview
Why Atlanta Will Win
Can the passing game get going?
Absolutely awful in the 32-6 loss to Philadelphia to start the season, the Falcons couldn’t get the O going with Matt Ryan under pressure all day and the receiving corps not helping him out. Going against the Tampa Bay defensive front isn’t a plus, but …
403 yards, three touchdowns. That’s what the Bucs gave up to Dak Prescott in their thrilling 31-29 win over Dallas. If Ryan can get time, he’s not going to be nearly that bad again.
The pieces are there to throw and keep throwing, but …
Why Tampa Bay Will Win
The Buccaneer defensive front is going to attack.
It did an amazing job bottling up Ezekiel Elliott and the Dallas running game, and Atlanta won’t get anything out of its own ground attack.
Tom Brady obviously won’t run like Jalen Hurts, but the Atlanta secondary couldn’t come up with stops against the Eagle passing game. Now it’s going to have problems with TB12 as he’ll get plenty of time to work.
It’s not like the guy needs the extra time.
However, this might be the game to get the ground game going after it didn’t get a chance to do much of anything against the Cowboys. Leonard Fournette and Ronald Jones combined for just 13 carries on Thursday night – that’s about to change.
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What’s Going To Happen
Not only does Tampa Bay get a home game against a team that came up with one of the worst performances in Week 1, but it also got the extra rest for a few days.
It’ll be a more balanced effort from the Bucs, but Brady will be in control the whole way. Ryan and the Falcon offense will be better, but it won’t keep up.
Atlanta vs Tampa Bay Prediction, Line
Tampa Bay 31, Atlanta 20
Line: Tampa Bay -13, o/u: 51.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2
Must See Rating: 2
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