Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-9) at Atlanta Falcons (13-2)
So much has dramatically changed since the last time the Bucs and Falcons played. When they met in Tampa back at the end of November, the Buccaneers were running hot and they were looking to stay in the NFC playoff picture.
Since that one point loss to Atlanta, the Buccaneers have fallen off the face of the Earth while the Falcons have locked up home field advantage in the NFC and force the road to the Super Bowl to go through the Georgia Dome. So it’s safe to say, more than a lot has changed.
But what’s on the minds of Bucs fans is this: what the hell man?
Tampa was riding so high and so hot that to see the season end in a similar fashion to last season is just beyond demoralizing. Albeit, the end of the Rah-Rah Raheem Morris era was a 12 game implosion, the way the Bucs are ending this season is just as bad, only in fewer games.
The team quit last season and it looks like they’ve not bucked that trait despite the regime change. The fight that was in this team is completely absent, and it’s disgusting to watch. I got on Bucs fans for not getting on board and buying tickets to games, but the Buccaneers have made me look like a fool with how they’ve played.
Josh Freeman is a mess, and can’t throw a semi-truck into the ocean. Doug Martin is finally starting to see what a poor offensive line looks like and the secondary is so amazingly awful that we’ve just accepted it as a fact that it’s going to get blown up each Sunday.
What’s happening in Tampa is part of the growing pain of building a winner. It hurts because there was so much promise with this team, but to see them regress so much so quickly really throws a harsh haymaker to the hope everyone was beginning to invest in this team.
But hey, at least the draft pick will be high.
Location: Georgia Dome
Time: 1:00pm ET/Noon CT
Nat’l TV: N/A
Bucs TV: FOX
Away TV: FOX
Announcers: Dick Stockton/John Lynch
Live Stream: NFL Live Stream
Radio: WDAE 620AM (Tampa), 970AM (Falcons)
Satellite Radio: Sirius 829 (Bucs Feed), Sirius 801 (Falcons Feed)
Line: Falcons -4.0
Last Week: Buccaneers lost to Rams 28-13, Falcons beat Lions 31-18
Last Meeting: November 25, 2012 — Buccaneers 23, Falcons 24
Series History (Since 2001): Falcons lead series 11-10
Key Bucs Storyline: Will the Buccaneers end another season with a sour loss to the Falcons
Opposing View: How will the Falcons play their staters with Home Field Advantage in the NFC locked up?
Prediction: Bucs 17, Falcons 31
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