Matt Ryan Not Slowing Down Anytime Soon

October 8th, 2019 NFL Football

The Atlanta Falcons will go to Tampa Bay to clash with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday, November 3rd at Raymond James Stadium. The following are the NFL betting online odds for the match-up at SBG Global sportsbook:

Falcons -3 (-110) 51½ (-110) 
Buccaneers +3 (-110) 51½ (-110)

The Falcons (5-3) narrowly defeated the Green Bay Packers 33-32 on Sunday. QB Matt Ryan threw 28 of 35 for 288 yards and three scores to lead the Falcons. Running back Terron Ward ran for 46 yards on six carries, and Devonta Freeman had 35 yards and one touchdown on eleven attempts. Mohamed Sanu had nine receptions for 84 yards and a touchdown, and Taylor Gabriel had 68 yards and a touchdown on three catches. Austin Hooper had 41 yards on five receptions. The Falcons are averaging 32.8 points and 425.2 total yards (313.8 passing and 111.5 rushing) per game and allowing 28.9 points and 379.2 total yards (285.4 passing and 93.9 rushing) per game.

The Buccaneers (3-4) lost 30-24 to the Oakland Raiders in overtime. QB Jameis Winston went 16 of 32 for 180 yards and two TDs. Jacquizz Rodgers ran for 69 yards and two scores on 19 carries, and Antone Smith had 16 yards on four carries. Adam Humphries had 58 yards on three receptions, and Mike Evans had 50 yards on four catches. Russell Shepard had 24 yards and a touchdown on two catches. The Bucs are averaging 21.7 points and 351.7 total yards (238.3 passing and 113.4 rushing) per game, and giving up 27.0 points and 390.0 total yards (274.7 passing and 115.3 rushing) per game.

The Falcons are 5-0 ATS in their last five games on the road, according to NFL betting online odds, and they should have a field day against a Bucs secondary that was wrecked by Raiders quarterback Derek Carr, allowing 513 yards and four touchdowns. Matt Ryan has been tearing up the pea patch this season, and after he threw for 334 yards and two TDs in the Falcons’ week 1 loss to Tampa Bay, people who dabble in NFL betting online should be optimistic that Ryan will have another stellar performance.

On the other hand, since the start of the 2015 season, the Bucs have only been successful against one team in the league and that team is the Falcons. The Bucs are 3-0 SU against Atlanta and just 6-14 against all the other teams. Conversely, the Falcons are 4-0 ATS in road games this season and they will be facing a Bucs team that is 0-3 against the spread at home. The last time the Falcons defeated the Bucs was in 2014.

Everything seems to indicate that that will change this coming Thursday.  Atlanta is 3-1 on the road, and Raymond James Stadium has not provided the Bucs with much in the way of home field advantage. The Falcons lead the NFC South division and, with the Carolina Panthers’ ongoing meltdown, are the favorite to win it. The Bucs are second in the same division.

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