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A look ahead: Bucs at Falcons


Published:   |   Updated: October 16, 2013 at 08:28 AM

The winless Tampa Bay Buccaneers travel to the Georgia Dome to face the struggling Atlanta Falcons on Sunday as rookie QB Mike Glennon makes his first NFL road start. Here's a look at the matchup:

RECORDS: Bucs 0-5. Falcons 1-4

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES: Bucs lead, 20-19

BUCS ROAD RECORD VS. ATLANTA: 8-10

LAST MEETING: Tampa Bay went into Atlanta last Dec. 30 for the 2012 season finale and emerged with a 22-17 triumph, snapping a five-game losing streak. Doug Martin closed out a stellar rookie year by rushing for 142 yards on 28 carries, including a 40-yard TD, and Josh Freeman threw for 222 yards to become the first QB in Bucs history to top the 4,000-yard mark in a season. The Falcons, who played their regulars despite already having clinched the NFC's No. 1 playoff seed, were limited to 278 yards and converted only three of 14 third downs. MLB Mason Foster posted 11 solo tackles for Tampa Bay, and Dekoda Watson registered his second blocked punt of the season, Rookie Mark Barron sealed the win by deflecting Matt Ryan's fourth-down pass intended for Tony Gonzalez with 2:02 remaining.

NEED TO KNOW: The Falcons are reeling from three consecutive losses, and key injuries have decimated the defending NFC South champions. Leading receiver Julio Jones is out for the year, and RB Steven Jackson, WR Roddy White and LT Sam Baker might not play against the Bucs. Ryan has played well, but he's averaging 44 throws per game and the offensive line has protection issues. Atlanta's passive defense has forced only four turnovers, and opponents are converting third downs at a 50-percent clip. ... Tampa Bay has dropped 10 of its past 11 games. And just when a dormant attack got untracked a bit Sunday, the Bucs defense was gashed for four TDs in a 31-20 home loss to Philadelphia. Glennon played well in his second pro start. Rookie TE Tim Wright has emerged as a complement to WR Vincent Jackson, but Tampa Bay's offensive line lacks physicality. Barron and fellow safety Dashon Goldson struggled in coverage last week, and Atlanta still features Gonzalez, a future Hall of Fame tight end who is No. 2 on the league's all-time reception list behind Jerry Rice.

Stat comparison

 Bucs  

Falcons

 

 

 

Total Offense            

31st (290.0 ypg)

8th (391.4 ypg)

 

 

 

Rush Offense

20th (99.2 ypg)

26th (78.4 ypg)

 

 

 

Pass Offense

32nd (190.8 ypg)

2nd (313.0 ypg)

 

 

 

Total Defense

16th (350.8 ypg)

19th (372.2 ypg)

 

 

 

Rush Defense

13th (103.0 ypg)

 6th (97.4 ypg)

 

 

 

Pass Defense

16th (247.8 ypg)

6th (274.8 ypg)

 

 

 

Pts Scored      

31st (12.8 ppg)

12th (24.4 ppg)

 

 

 

Pts Allowed

10th (20.2 ppg)

25th (26.8 ppg)

 

 

 

Sacks  

t19th (14.0)    

27th (11.0)

 

 

 

Sacks Allowed

7th (11.0)       

t2nd (9.0)

 

 

 

Turnover Margin

t16th (0)

 t22nd (-­­ 2)

 

 

 

Team leaders    

Bucs   

Falcons

 

 

 

Rush Yards

Martin (409)   

 Rodgers (177)

 

 

 

Passer Rating

Glennon (70.2)

Ryan (100.9)

 

 

 

Receptions

Jackson (26)   

 Jones (41)

 

 

 

Rec Yards

Jackson (406)

 Jones (580)

 

 

 

Sacks  

David (4.0)

Umenyiora (4.0)

 

 

 

Interceptions  

Six with 1

Three with 1

 

 

 

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