The Atlanta Falcons travel to the sunshine state to play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in week two. Here is your official spoiler alert on how the game will go for the Buccaneers.
As we said last week, this isn’t a piece for a simple prediction, oh no. This little ditty is going to tell you exactly how the game should play out. Naturally, someone can always read this and attempt to change the future before kickoff, but that’s the nature of the beast. We said last week it’ll be a high scoring game, it’s just the rationale was a little off. Thanks a million you little Marty McFlys you.
Anyway, before reading on just know that you are being warned. This is your official spoiler alert. Read on if you dare.
It’s safe to say that both the Falcons and Buccaneers had games that raised some eyebrows in week one. The Falcons laid a big fat stinker against the Philadelphia Eagles and were on the receiving end of a butt whoopin’ that few saw coming. On the other hand, it took a last-second field goal for the Buccaneers to defeat the Dallas Cowboys. This week should be less surprising to the NFL community at large.
The Falcons should be able to actually find the end zone this week. Yes, the Bucs should be better than the Eagles who they couldn’t score a touchdown on but let’s remember some things. Tampa Bay is a more familiar opponent to Matt Ryan, and the secondary of the Buccaneers has been already beyond banged up. The Falcons will score some points, but thanks to the Buccaneers pass-rush picking up the slack, it won’t be enough points. Besides, Ryan struggles more than most when facing pressure throughout his career.
On the flip side, the Buccaneers may hang 100 on this porous Atlanta defense. They looked downright sorry against Jalen Hurts, DeVonta Smith and company. Now they have Tom Brady and his myriad of weapons to deal with. While everyone expects the Bucs to throw the ball all over the yard, and they will, the running game will also thrive.
Despite the criticism and poor performance last week, Bruce Arians has stated that he wants to run the ball even more. This time, it’ll pay off in dividends.
Ok, so the Buccaneers won’t actually score 100 points. However, they’ll be in striking distance of getting halfway there. The final score will be a 38-20 Buccaneers victory. That’s what is going to happen. Provided somebody tries to change the future of course.