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Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Atlanta Falcons

The poll

Who would you like to see coaching the Bucs next season?

Raheem Morris: 13 percent

Herm Edwards: 12 percent

Rob Ryan: 7 percent

Total: 870 votes

By the numbers

19-17 Bucs' record against the Falcons

82 Passing yards needed by Josh Freeman to become the first Buc with consecutive 3,400-yard seasons

1-4 Freeman's record against the Falcons

96 Catches by the Falcons' Roddy White, fewer than only the 116 of the Patriots' Wes Welker

53 Receiving yards Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez needs to pass Torry Holt (13,382) for 10th all time

What they're saying

The Falcons are playing on a short week, and they've already locked up a playoff berth. They can get a better seed if Detroit loses to Green Bay. So there's something there. They also need to show something after the flop against the Saints. The Bucs are a disaster, and this is probably the last game for coach Raheem Morris. Atlanta will be the more focused team, and it will show.

Pete Prisco

At a very young age, Raheem Morris has learned just how fickle this league can be. After being among the coach of the year candidates last season, he is now sitting on potentially the hottest seat in the entire NFL. I think he made a mistake by not hiring a defensive coordinator, but I do believe he deserves a chance to right the ship in Tampa Bay and help this young team grow along with him.

Brian Billick Fox Sports

The picks

Of all the possible wild-card matchups, Falcons-Saints would be the nastiest (and I'm not even saying I expect it to happen) and the one I'd like to see the most. This game, not so much. Falcons, 34-17.

Peter King Sports Illustrated

The Falcons get the rare second bye week. Falcons, 34-6.

Roy Green Jr. Charlotte Observer

Once a preseason Super Bowl favorite, the Falcons look like a team with a short shelf life in the postseason. Despite getting whacked by the Saints, their wild-card spot was secured. Falcons, 24-14.

Gerry Dulac Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Tampa Bay beat Atlanta 16-13 in September, back before the Buccaneers became the NFL equivalent of a car without brakes hurtling theatrically over the cliff into a rocky ravine. Yet I see it closer than the line. 'Lanta has clinched and has nothing to play for. Falcons, 24-16.

Greg Cote Miami Herald

Bucs at Falcons

4:15 p.m., Georgia Dome, Atlanta

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

Line/over-under: Falcons by 10½; 45½

Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Week 9 Week 10 Week 11 Week 12 Week 13 Week 14 Week 15 Week 16 Week 17

Lions 27, Bucs 20


at Vikings

Bucs 24, Vikings 20



Bucs 16, Falcons 13



Bucs 24, Colts 17


at 49ers

49ers 48, Bucs 3



Bucs 26, Saints 20



Bears 24, Bucs 18


at Saints

Saints 27, Bucs 16



Texans 37, Bucs 9


at Packers

Packers 35, Bucs 26


at Titans

Titans 23, Bucs 17



Panthers 38, Bucs 19


at Jaguars

Jaguars 41, Bucs 14



Cowboys 31, Bucs 15


at Panthers

Panthers 48, Bucs 16


at Falcons

4:15 p.m. today, Ch. 13

Bill Cowher: 42 percent

Jeff Fisher: 26 percent

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Atlanta Falcons 12/31/11 [Last modified: Saturday, December 31, 2011 5:14pm]
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