In the Monday Night Football match-up that will honor Jon Gruden, the Buccaneers face division rival Falcons for the second time this season.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers sitting at 4-9 with the playoff-hopeful Atlanta Falcons coming to town in prime time could play major spoilers.
With the Carolina Panthers defeating the Green Bay Packers and the New Orleans Saints beat the New York Jets the Falcons are at least a game behind both for the NFC South lead or a wild-card spot.
The Falcons will need to play to win while the Buccaneers are playing to save their jobs. The Bucs will be without their top two defensive players in linebacker Lavonte David and defensive tackle Gerald McCoy. The Falcons offense could be in store for a big day with cornerback Vernon Hargreaves out as well and the Dirty Birds passing attack is at full strength.
Anything could happen in a divisional primetime game so the Buccaneers will be coming after them. The Bucs defense at home is giving up less than twenty points per game, the complete opposite of on the road. The home field crowd has to bring the noise if they want to help the Bucs get a win this weekend. The fans will be out in force but many might be chanting for Jon Gruden to come back and not for the players on the field.