Baby Bucs Need To Step Up

Mike Evans
Mike Evans is one of the rookies that needs to stand up on Friday. Image Courtesy of: Melina Vastola

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Falcons v Buccaneers

Georgia Dome, Atlanta

Friday September 19 – 10:25 AM (AEST)




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The Buccaneers travel to Atlanta on Friday (AEST) to face the Falcons  without the majority of their first string line-up.

Tampa Bay is running out of players. Losing two-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Gerald McCoy and middle linebacker Mason Foster this week just adds to their injury woes. Combine that with newly recruited quarterback Josh McCown’s three interceptions and two fumbles this year and it is easy to see why punters are losing faith, with the Bucs drifting to . It’s not all doom and gloom for the visitors, however, with running back Bobby Rainey their one shining light, finishing with 156 yards off 26 carries against St. Louis last week.

Atlanta’s defence is a major concern this year. Allowing a total of 635 yards has them ranked the worst in the league and they are the only team yet to register a sack. Their 24-10 loss to the Bengals last week all comes down to the poor form of quarterback Matt Ryan, who finished with a 54% passing completion rate and three interceptions. Ryan does love to play the Bucs, however, having won eight for 12 against Tampa since debuting back in 2008. Wide receiver Julio Jones is beginning to hit his straps, ranking fourth in the league for receiving yards. With that form, he might just cross that white line for the first TD .

The Bucs are off to another winless start to the season after dropping its first eight games in 2013/2014. However the last time these two faced off, Tampa crushed the Falcons 41-28. The Bucs are the second-worst passing team in the NFL, and considering that fact the unders in the over/under market looks to have some value.


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