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The Bucs were hoping to bounce back against St. Louis last week following a blowout loss to the Saints the previous week. Unfortunately that did not happen and Josh Freeman had another bad game. Facing lots of scrutiny in his young career, he and the team are hoping to end the season on a high note at Atlanta. However, the Bucs may not see Atlanta’s best team on the field as they have clinched home field advantage throughout the playoffs. Offense needs to show up Whether Tampa Bay is facing the Matt Ryan and Atlanta’s best players on Sunday, they need to score. The Bucs have scored a total of 13 points the last two weeks, including the shutout loss to the Saints two weeks again. The Falcons allow lots of yards through the air and on the ground but give up very little points and are ranked fourth in that department. For the fans to have any kind of optimism for next season, Josh Freeman and the offense have to produce points convincingly. Limit turnovers Somewhere in the past couple weeks, the Bucs have forgotten how to hold on to the ball, primarily Josh Freeman. Heading into week 15, Tampa Bay was tied fifth for a +12 turnover margin. They head into the season finale ranked 12th with a +4. If the offense does not hold on to the ball, this could be another long day for the Bucs. Playing for next season Several players are not guaranteed spots for next season. While the Bucs may be bringing back certain players, others like LeGarrette Blount and Jeremy Trueblood are probably gone. This game could be crucial in the sense that players want to prove their worth to the team or that they can still play in the league, like veteran tight end Dallas Clark. (Photo credit: AP) The post Bucs game day: Keys to the game against Atlanta appeared first on The Bay Cave.
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Falcons safety William Moore will miss his fourth straight game with a hamstring injury on Sunday, perhaps putting into question whether he will be ready for the teams playoff game in two weeks.
Moore has a history with hamstring injuries, as he suffered two during his rookie season of 2009 that, along with a knee injury, limited him to two games that year. On Oct. 28 of that year...
Opponent: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Where: Georgia Dome
Time: 1 p.m.
Records: Falcons (13-2, 3-2 in NFC South); Buccaneers (6-9, 2-3).
Point Spread (Danny Sheridans odds as published in USA Today): Atlanta is favored by 3 with an over of 46.
Key Offensive Matchup
Any time an opponent has the worst pass defense in the NFL, as Tampa Bay does, thats something a team should look to exploit...
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have restructured the contracts of both guard Carl Nicks and wide receiver Vincent Jackson to free up some cap space for the 2013 season.
While it won’t affect the amount of money receiver Vincent Jackson and guard Carl Nicks are paid, both players have restructured their contracts, converting their sizable 2013 salaries into bonuses that will be counted...
William Moore is missing his fourth straight game with a hamstring injury, and the Falcons' secondary also is without cornerback Christopher Owens against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Chris Hope is starting for Moore. Owens also has a hamstring injury.
Wide receiver Roddy White, held out of practice this week with a knee injury, is starting. White continues his streak of not missing...
Atlanta defensive end John Abraham injured his ankle late in Sunday's loss to the Buccaneers.Fantasy Spin:It didn't look good but luckily the Falcons are off next week so perhaps Abraham will be back to full strength by then. If not, Lawrence Sidbury would likely start in his place.
Tampa Bay wideout Mike Williams came within four yards of his first 1,000 yard receiving season.Fantasy Spin:He needed 69 yards on Sunday and only came up with 65. If Williams had reached the mark, he and Vincent Jackson would have become the first teammates in Buccaneers history to both go for 1,000 yards in the same season.
Last week: 3 (+0)
Net points per drive: 0.77 (3rd)
DVOA: 11.6% (7th)
Weighted DVOA: 7.3% (11th)
QB Matt Ryan: 25 of 32 for 279 yards and 4 touchdowns, 105.6 adjusted QB rating, pressured on 13 of 35 drop backs (1 sack, 1 scramble, 6 of 11, 1 touchdown)
LG Justin Blalock: Did not allow a pressure on 36 pass block snaps, run blocked for 4 yards on 1 attempt
The Bucs wanted to end the season with a win and snap a five-game losing streak. After beating the Falcons on Sunday 22-17, they did just that and gave some sense of optimism for 2013. The Falcons put their starters in for the entire game even though they had the number one seed locked up for the NFC playoffs. On the other sidelines, Tampa Bay played their best football in all three...
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will play against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday. FOX will carry the game which is scheduled for a 1 pm EST kickoff from the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, GA.
The game could be considered meaningless. Atlanta is guaranteed to go into the playoffs as the top seed in the NFC, win or lose. Tampa Bay was eliminated from the playoffs weeks ago and has lost their last...