Buccaneers: Game day spotlight Falcons week 12 – Kwon Alexander
By James Yarcho
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are headed to Atlanta for the first of two divisional match-ups. That means the spotlight will be on the man who always shines brightest in the Dirty South – Kwon Alexander.
It’s been a little over two years since the death of Buccaneers’ star linebacker Kwon Alexander‘s brother Broderick. In the first game following Brod’s death, Alexander took the field in the Georgia Dome and played like a man possessed – and if you as Alexander, he’ll say he was. Now, he returns to the city that seems to bring out the best in him to take on the Falcons.
In four career games against the Falcons, Alexander has 44 tackles – the most he has against any one opponent – as well as an interception and the strip of Julio Jones that will forever dominate his highlight reel.
It seems that Alexander always takes it to another level, not just against the Falcons, but against the Falcons in their home. There’s no question that trend continues Sunday.
The Falcons (6-4) are still trying to find an identity coming off the biggest collapse in Super Bowl history as well as having had replaced both the offensive and defensive coordinators. With Devonta Freeman out, the Falcons will rely in Tevin Coleman and what still has the ingredients to be a high powered passing offense.
Alexander will have to do what he does best – fly to the ball, make big stops in the run game, and create turnovers for the defense. The Buccaneers may be on a two game win streak, but they haven’t faced an opponent as formidable as the Falcons. If the Buccaneers are going to have any chance at all, the defense has to create turnovers and give Ryan Fitzpatrick and the offense a short field.
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Look for Alexander to finish the game as the Buccaneers’ leading tackler as well as having at least one turnover.