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Game Preview: Bucs vs Falcons Week 12

by Staff Report on November 28, 2009

The Buccaneers lead the all-time series 18-13 and have won six of the last nine meetings with the Falcons. Since the NFC South was created in 2002, the Buccaneers own a 9-5 series edge, including season sweeps in 2002, 2005 and 2007 on the way to NFC South titles. The two teams first met in 1977, with Atlanta notching a 17-0 win at Tampa Stadium (11/27/77). The Bucs picked up their first win the next season, a 14-9 win that evened Tampa Bay’s record at 2-2, marking the first time the club hit the .500 mark. The Bucs’ biggest win in the series, a 48-10 home victory to open the 1987 season, represents the most points ever scored by a Buccaneer squad in the regular season, a mark that was later tied.

GAME INFORMATION
Date: Sunday, November 29, 2009
Kickoff: 1:00 p.m. ET
Site: Georgia Dome (71,250)
2009 Records: Tampa Bay 1-9, Atlanta 5-5
Network Television: FOX
Play-by-Play: Dick Stockton, Analyst: Charles Davis, Analyst: Laura Okmin
National Radio: Compass Media Networks
Play-by-Play: Lee Hamilton, Analyst: Curtis Conway
Bucs Radio: US 103.5, flagship station (103.5 FM, 620 AM)
Play-by-Play: Gene Deckerhoff, Color: Dave Moore, Sideline: T.J. Rives
Last Game: Tampa Bay lost at New Orleans 38-7; Atlanta lost at N.Y. Giants 34-31 OT
Next Game: Tampa Bay at Carolina (12/6); Atlanta vs. Philadelphia (12/6)

Key Match-Ups
Aqib Talib vs Roddy White
White is a dangerous receiver with speed to burn, with Talib being susceptible to double moves, it could be a true test come Sunday. Talib has done a decent job of rising to the challenge this season holding some of the leagues more dangerous receivers in check. Talib will need to stick to White’s hip all game or it could lead to some big gains, by the Falcons.

Bucs DL vs Falcons OL
With the demotion of defensive coordinator Jim Bates this week and the team reverting back to the Tampa 2, it will be an interesting chess match with rookie head coach Raheem Morris making the Bucs defense calls this week. The biggest question is whether or not Morris will truly get after the Falcons and bring pressure early and often, but not necessarily only on passing downs, but will he run blitz to help the porous run defense?

Josh Freeman vs Falcons Defense
After a dismal game last week in which he accounted for four turnovers, the question is if the young rookie can rebound enough to keep the game competitive and give the Bucs a chance late in the game at stealing a victory on the road. It will be the first time he has faced adversity in the NFL and had to come out the next week to quite the critics, the question on every fans mind is does he have what it takes to get to that next level.

INJURY REPORT
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
OUT
WR Brian Finneran (knee)
QUESTIONABLE
T Sam Baker (elbow)
WR Marty Booker (not injury related)
LB Curtis Lofton (knee, groin)
RB Jerious Norwood (hip)
RB Michael Turner (ankle)
PROBABLE
T Tyson Clabo (knee)
S Erik Coleman (knee)
WR Roddy White (knee)

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
PROBABLE
WR Antonio Bryant (knee)
CB Torrie Cox (knee)
S Tanard Jackson (illness)
LB Barrett Ruud (ribs)
TE Kellen Winslow (knee)

ENEMY COACHES
Falcons Head Coach: Mike Smith
Falcons Offensive Coordinator: Mike Mularkey
Falcons Defensive Coordinator: Brian VanGorden
Falcons Special Teams Coach: Keith Armstrong

STATISTICAL RANKINGS:
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS OFFENSE
Overall: 29th (270.5 ypg)
Rushing: 23rd (100.7 ypg)
Passing: 27th (169.8 ypg)
Sacks Allowed: 18th (23)
Points Scored: 27th (16.4 ppg)
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS DEFENSE
Overall: 27th (378.3 ypg)
Rushing: 32nd (168.9 ypg)
Passing: 14th (209.4 ypg)
Sacks: 28th (17)
Points Allowed: 31st (29.4 ppg)

ATLANTA FALCONS OFFENSE
Overall: 14th (343.7 ypg)
Rushing: 12th (122.5 ypg)
Passing: 16th (221.2 ypg)
Sacks Allowed: 14th (14)
Points Scored: 9th (25.2 ppg)

ATLANTA FALCONS DEFENSE
Overall: 28th (379.5 ypg)
Rushing: 24th (126.1 ypg)
Passing: 29th (253.4 ypg)
Sacks: 20th (20)
Points Allowed: 19th (22.8 ppg)

Buc Central’s Prognostication:
As always we are not advocating gambling based on our views of the game, especially considering we typically are inclined to make such educated guesses using are heart rather the any rational thought applied to picking. We are merely giving an opinion of who we think has the best chance at securing a victory.

BUCS 17
FALCONS 27

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