Falcons say no-huddle offense was stymied in Cincinnati by officials http://t.co/Sa2kAPaugF — ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) September 18, 2014Tampa Bay has even less to be enthusiastic about with the start of the season than their NFC South rival Falcons as they are now 0-2 straight up and against the spread, after losing starting QB Sam Bradford in the preseaon and losing on Sunday to St. Louis 19-17 with thrid stringer QB named Austin Davis. For this matchup, the NFL betting odds listed the Falcons as 7.5 point favorites, making Atlanta the favorite for the fifth occasion in the last six games in the head-to-head series. The game total is currently at 44.5 points.
By Air or By GroundBoth Atlanta and Tampa Bay are looking for success in the NFC South, but they seem be on different paths, while the Atlanta Falcons leads the NFL in passing yards in two weeks averaging 328.5 yards via the air, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are second last in the league averaging just 168.5. Without a running game Falcons QB Matt Ryan leads the NFL (along with Colts QB Andrew Luck) with 87 passing attempts in two weeks. He has scored four touchdowns and has been picked off in three occasions, posting an 88.2 passer rating. The Bucs preferred to ‘pound the rock’ listed 11th in the rushing yards department with 129.5 yards per game. In last meeting against the Falcons, RB Bobby Rainey had career-high 163 rush yards & scored 3 TDs (2 rush, 1 rec.). With the absent of RB Doug Martin in week 2, Rainey recorded 144 rushing yards against the Rams.
GAMEDAY! Start your day with a preview of tonight’s game in Atlanta: http://t.co/4mVgDsfrcN #TBvsATL #TNF pic.twitter.com/jxXBfcd4rM — Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@TBBuccaneers) September 18, 2014