Originally posted on The Bay Cave  |  Last updated 12/29/12

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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