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#263 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 54.5 vs.
#264 Atlanta Falcons -3.5
Sunday, November 24, 2019 at 1:00pm EST
Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta
Written by Scott Reichel

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Week 12 of NFL football continues as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers travel to Mercedes-Benz Stadium to take on the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, Nov. 24 at 1:00 P.M. These two teams have not met since last season when the Falcons beat the Buccaneers on the road by the score of 34-32.

Tampa Bay Hopes To Finally Beat Atlanta Again

Bruce Arians has the Buccaneers in terrible form headed into this game. The Buccaneers have lost seven of their first ten games and are tied for last place in the NFC South. Tampa Bay also enters this game following a blowout loss at home to New Orleans in which it trailed for the entire game. Now, the Buccaneers have to travel on the road again to face a division rival that they have not beaten since 2016. Tampa Bay's playoff hopes are over but there are still a lot of active players who are fighting for their respective futures with this franchise so one should expect the Buccaneers to continue playing hard for the rest of the season. However, one has to wonder if the effort is even enough anymore to get this team back on track.

Tampa Bay's offense is led by quarterbackJameis Winstonwho has been very underwhelming this season. He has thrown for 3,078 passing yards and 19 passing touchdowns. However, he has also thrown 18 interceptions which is the most in the entire league. Winston has been turnover-prone his entire career and his time in Tampa Bay is most likely coming to an end extremely soon. Now, Winston will look to showcase his worth as his job is potentially in jeopardy.

Defensively, Tampa Bay has been awful up to this point. The Buccaneers are allowing 31.3 points per game which is the most in the entire league. In addition, the Buccaneers are allowing 371.8 yards per game which ranks 23rd in the league. It seems as if Tampa Bay's defense has gotten worse with every passing week and one has to wonder if there is any light at the end of the tunnel for this unit.

Defensively, Tampa Bay has been awful up to this point. The Buccaneers are allowing 31.3 points per game which is the most in the entire league. In addition, the Buccaneers are allowing 371.8 yards per game which ranks 23rd in the league. It seems as if Tampa Bay's defense has gotten worse with every passing week and one has to wonder if there is any light at the end of the tunnel for this unit.

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Atlanta has dominated this series in recent years and I will back the Falcons once again on Sunday. Tampa Bay has been awful defensively and I do not think that a trip to Atlanta will suddenly fix those issues. At the same time, Atlanta's offense and defense are both clicking now and I think that Tampa Bay will simply be unable to keep up on the scoreboard as the Buccaneers seemed to have checked out already. The Bucs also have a terrible secondary and will have no answer for Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley. The Falcons should win this game by at least a touchdown so I will take the home team.

Prediction: Atlanta -4.5

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Even though this total has dropped a couple of points since the opening line was provided, I think that the market has overcorrected itself so I have to take the over. Tampa Bay's defense has been practically useless over the last few weeks and Atlanta has a lot of offensive weapons that are capable of generating big plays on a regular basis. As a result, I think that the Falcons should score at least 34 points in this game. Meanwhile, Tampa Bay's offense is okay and it also has a lot of playmakers so I think that it should be able to score at least 20 points as well. Give me the over.

Prediction: Over 51.5

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These teams are headed in opposite directions and I will back the hot team here at home. Atlanta's season is already over but the Falcons have come together over the last two weeks and they have looked amazing lately so I will not go against them. Meanwhile, Tampa Bay continues to shoot itself in the foot virtually every game and I think that Winston will turn the ball over a few times in the first half again as a result. Atlanta should enter the break up by at least four points so I will take the home team.

Prediction: Atlanta 1H
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Written By Scott Reichel

Scott Reichel is a University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate with an insane passion for sports. His commitment to endlessly researching statistics helps separate him from other handicappers with regard to MLB, NBA, NCAAB, NCAAF, NHL and NFL coverage. Scott also shares his passion for sports on StatSalt's YouTube page where he does a daily show called Scott's Selections.