Buccaneers: Road game against division rival Atlanta Falcons
Last weekend, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the Indianapolis Colts on the road, 38-31. That was a quality road win against a solid football team. This weekend, the Bucs are back on the road and will face the division rival Atlanta Falcons.
There are plenty of takeaways from last weekend’s victory against the Colts. The offensive attack was overall very balanced. Leonard Fournette was incredible! He rushed for 100 yards, three touchdowns, seven catches for 31 yards, and added a receiving touchdown.
Captain Brady threw for over 200 yards, connecting with six different receivers, and one touchdown pass. Ronald Jones added 37 yards rushing the ball. Fournette and Ronald Jones averaged over five yards a carry rushing the ball!
The defense forced five turnovers, including the game-sealing interception that kept the Colts from potentially tying the game in the final seconds.
The Bucs enter week 13 with some key players out. Antonio Brown and safety Mike Edwards have been suspended for three games. I’m concerned this may affect the chemistry when both players are eligible to return. The Bucs can cross that bridge when it arrives in three weeks.
The Atlanta Falcons are averaging 18.1 points a game while surrendering 27.5 points on average. Matt Ryan is a quality QB, and the Bucs will need to pressure Ryan to keep the pressure off of our shorthanded defensive secondary.
Offensively, I want the Bucs to keep staying balanced with the run and pass attack. Atlanta is a division rival and won’t be intimated by the logo on the Bucs helmet. Don ‘t count on anything in a game against a rival
The Bucs can keep a solid lead in the NFC South division with a win this Sunday that should put the division out of reach for everyone else. The game can be seen on Fox at 1 PM EST. Enjoy the game, and go Bucs!