Did you know?
Atlanta’s Tony Gonzalez ranks first among all tight ends with 106 career touchdown catches, but only two have come against the Bucs in 11 matchups.
By the numbers
89 - Sellouts in the past 91 Falcons home games since Arthur Blank purchased the team in 2002
11.4 - Yards per punt return by Bucs WR Eric Page, third in the NFC
43-1 - Atlanta’s record under coach Mike Smith when leading after three quarters
Stat of the day
Of WR Vincent Jackson’s 26 receptions, 22 resulted in first downs for Tampa Bay.
Bucs G Carl Nicks (foot) is out after surgery and RB Jeff Demps (groin) did not practice Wednesday. DE Da’Quan Bowers (toe), G Davin Joseph (knee) and WR Mike Williams (hamstring) were limited.
The injury-riddled Falcons might be missing several regulars on Sunday: WR Roddy White (hamstring), RB Steven Jackson (hamstring), LT Sam Baker (knee), LB Akeem Dent (ankle) and TE Chase Coffman (knee) missed practice. Leading receiver Julio Jones (foot) was already out for the year.
Quote of the day
“If it doesn’t work, somebody else makes a decision. But until somebody makes that decision, you go with what you’re being told. You completely believe in them and you keep boosting them. They need our help just as much as we need them.’’
Bucs DT Gerald McCoy, on his attitude toward the coaching staff
Sunday: at Atlanta, 1 p.m.
Oct. 24: Carolina, 8:25 p.m.
Nov. 3: at Seattle, 4:05 p.m.
Nov. 11: Miami, 8:40 p.m.