Monday, December 18, 2017
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Bucs-Falcons: What they're saying, numbers

The poll

Which is the lowest point in Bucs history?

Losses in 10 of 11, MRSA, Josh Freeman saga (2012-13): 45 percent

12 straight seasons of 10 or more losses (1983-94): 35 percent

0-26 start (1976-77): 12 percent

Ten consecutive losses to end the season (2011): 8 percent

Total: 341 votes

By the numbers

1 Sack needed by Lavonte David to become the first Bucs linebacker with five in a season since Lonnie Marts' seven in 1996.

20-19 Record for Bucs against the Falcons.

76 Rushing yards needed by Doug Martin to pass LeGarrette Blount (1,939) for 10th in Bucs history.

96 Rushing yards average for Martin in two games against the Falcons last season.

What they're saying

Tampa has lost 10 of their last 11 and are being frequented by the Center for Disease Control — does it get any worse? Power ranking: 32nd out of 32 teams.

Brian Billick Fox Sports

The Falcons schlepped a three-game losing streak into a bye week, and I'm not sure they're any better coming out of it. And did Steven Jackson fall into a black hole somewhere? But the Bucs are 0-5, traded their quarterback (Josh Freeman), endured the coaching boobery of an overmatched Greg Schiano and have three players with staph infections. Hey, makes the Falcons look pretty good.

Jeff Schultz Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The picks

I keep wondering if things would have been different for the Bucs this season if Lavonte David just hadn't roughed the Jets' Geno Smith out of bounds late in Week 1, setting up New York's game-winning field goal. Would a 1-0 start have produced a vastly different early season outcome for Tampa Bay instead of that loss setting off the chain reaction of disaster that ensued? Probably not. The Bucs likely had a lot of troublesome issues bubbling just beneath the surface, Week 1 win or not. But we'll never really know, will we? Falcons, 31-23.

Don Banks Sports Illustrated

The Falcons are coming off their bye hurting. They lost Julio Jones for the season and won't have Roddy White. Who will Matt Ryan throw to this week? But Tampa Bay is in a free fall. The Bucs might be just what Atlanta needs to get a turnaround started. This is Mike Glennon's first road start. That matters. Falcons, 24-17.

Pete Prisco CBS Sports

The game that many thought would help determine first place (for now) in the NFC South will determine last place in the division (for now and possibly for longer). The Falcons had an extra week to get ready. The Buccaneers continue to be in disarray, and the home team still has enough talent to pull out the win. Falcons, 27-17.

Mike Florio Pro Football Talk

Bucs at Falcons

1 p.m. today, Georgia Dome, Atlanta

TV/radio: Ch. 13; 620-AM, 103.5-FM, 95.3-FM

Line/over-under: Falcons by 7; 43

Week 1 Week 2Week 3Week 4Week 6Week 7Week 8Week 9Week 10Week 11Week 12Week 13Week 14Week 15Week 16Week 17

Jets 18, Bucs 17

0-1

Saints 16, Bucs 14

0-2

Patriots 23, Bucs 3

0-3

Cards 13, Bucs 10

0-4

Eagles 31, Bucs 20

0-5

Falcons

1 today Ch. 13

Panthers

8:25 Thur. NFL, Ch. 38

Seahawks

4 Nov. 3 Ch. 13

Dolphins

8:40 Nov. 11 ESPN

Falcons

1 Nov. 17 Ch. 13

Lions

1 Nov. 24 Ch. 13

Panthers

1 Dec. 1 Ch. 13

Bills

1 Dec. 8 Ch. 10

49ers

1 Dec. 15 Ch. 13

Rams

1 Dec. 22 Ch. 13

Saints

1 Dec. 29 Ch. 13

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