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It will come down to who is the better leader: Josh Freeman or Matt Ryan, when deciding who wins this game

TPP Pregame Report: Bucs vs. Falcons

TAMPA — Atlanta Falcons (1-1) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-1)

Location: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL

Time:  4:15 ET/3:15 CT

TV: Fox

Announcers: Thom Brennaman and Brian Billick

Weather: 86°F(Feels like 96°), Isolated Thunderstorms

Line: Buccaneers by 1.5

Injury Report: ATLANTA –  DT Justin Babineauix (Out), CB Kelvin Hayden (Out), LB Stephen Nicholas (Questionable), LE Ray Edwards (Probable), WR Roddy White (Probable), RE John Abraham (Probable),  C Todd McClure (Probable), DT Corey Peters (Probable), QB Matt Ryan (Probable), Shann Schillinger (Probable),

TAMPA BAY – WR Sammie Stroughter (Out), T James Lee (Out), Quincy Black (Doubtful), TE Kellen Winslow (Questionable), DE Tim Crowder (Questionable)

Key Matchup: Matt Ryan vs. Josh Freeman

Last Week: Buccaneers beat Vikings 24-20, Falcons beat Eagles 35-31

Last Meeting: December 5, 2010 – Falcons 28, Buccaneers 24

Series History (Since 2001): Series tied 9-9

Last Minute Preview: It’s going to come down to who can lead their team better: Matt Ryan or Josh Freeman. So far under the Morris-Freeman era, it has been Matt Ryan and the Falcons continuously coming out on top. However the 4 games that have been played in the current era the games have been nail bitters. The Buccaneers are riding high off their eighth comeback win under Josh Freeman last week in Minnesota and will need to use that momentum to jump out early on the Falcons. Atlanta’s choose your poison style of offense is dangerous but has yet to fully click on a defense and burn them. Controlling Michael Turner’s production will be key as it will then force predictable passing situations that Tampa can prepare for. However, Matt Ryan is the kind of quarterback who can get away with passing predictably and having Roddy White, Tony Gonzalez and Julio Jones as weapons makes it that much easier. Putting pressure on Ryan will take the edge off his passing game and possibly give the Bucs the win Raheem Morris wants to make this matchup a real rivalry.

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