With the 2015-16 NFL Regular Season Week 13 upon us, we are previewing an early Sunday NFL game with 2 NFC South rivals as the 6-5 Falcons of Atlanta travel to play the 5-6 Buccaneers of Tampa with the game being played at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida with the kick-off scheduled for 1:05 PM ET and seen on FOX TV.
If you are one to Bet on NFL Football the early odds for this game have the Buccaneers of Tampa Bay favored in this game at -2 with the Over/under at 46 ½ and -130 on the Money Line, while the Falcons of Atlanta are at +2 and +185 on the ML.
This game should bring fans an intense game between to NFC East rivals who are seeking to return to the win column, but unfortunately only 1 can immerse as a winner in this game.
For the fans of the 6-5 Falcons of Atlanta you must be aware of the fact that your team is on a 4 game losing streak, with the last loss to the Vikings of Minnesota and RB A. Peterson. In the previous week RB Peterson had a quiet week, but then had a comeback to norm in Week 12 as he had 29 carries for some 159 yards and 2 touchdowns and also had 2 receptions for 30 yards in his teams win at the Dome of Georgia 20-10 over Atlanta.
In that game the Falcons QB M. Ryan had yet again a poor performance as he passed for 2 touchdowns and 220 yards and was intercepted on 2 occasions, and 1 interception took place in the end zone. In his last 2 games QB Ryan has had 5 interceptions, and certainly will look for a comeback in this game Sunday afternoon.
If the Falcons are to win this game they will need a continue performance in their passing game that has average 280 yards a game which is 5th in the NFL ranking to date. Adding to that theory QB Ryan will seek out WR J. Jones for scoring opportunities. In his last game WR Jones only accumulated some 57 yards on 5 receptions, but in previous 3 games he average 100 yards or more. In his last game against the Buccaneers WR Jones had 12 receptions for 164 yards and 1 TD.
If the Falcons can’t get their passing game up to par, they will likely turn to their running game and RB T. Coleman who last week carried the ball for 18 times and 111 yards. The Falcons in their games on the road this season are with 3 wins and 2 losses to date.
Now if you’re a fan of the 5-6 Buccaneers of Tampa Bay you saw your team with a great win in Week 11 over the Eagles of Philadelphia 45-17, but then lost their momentum and seemed to struggle in their Week 12 loss to the Colts of Indianapolis 25-12. That loss was very frustrating for the Bucs who with the end of the 1st half in that game they had a 12-6 lead. But then all seemed to be downhill for the 2nd half as they were unable to score any more points, and allowed the Colts and back-up QB M. Hasselbeck to score 19 points in that 2nd half! For the game QB Hasselbeck passed for some 317 yards and 2 touchdowns without an interception.
This will not be an easy game for the Buccaneers who badly need a win, and they will depend heavily on their defense that has allowed opponents 339 total yards each game on average. They will also need their offense behind QB J. Winston to have a better game, and be assisted by RB D. Martin who in his previous 2 games h had 42 carries for some 334 total yards. Also QB Winston will need assistance from receiver M. Evans to step up their passing attack, as against the Colts he had 5 receptions for 65 yards and this year has had 4 100yard games to date. At home in this 2015 season the Buccaneers are with 2 wins and 3 losses.
The online betting prediction for this game is that the Falcons prove to be too much for the struggling Buccaneers and that the Falcons will win the game by at least 10 points.