Originally written on Fox Sports South  |  Last updated 12/30/12
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. Whether its Matt Ryan throwing the bulk of those passes on Sunday or backup Luke McCown remains to be seen. The Falcons want to win this game but perhaps not at the expense of getting players on offense like Ryan, tight end Tony Gonzalez, wide receivers Julio Jones and Roddy White, the latter of which has been bothered by a knee injury for weeks, and center Todd McClure injured, as they already have sewn up home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs. The Falcons ought to be able to get a comfortable lead and rest those players by halftime. Both players the Bucs expected to be their starting corner...
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