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Bucs-Falcons: A wounded, wobbly Tampa Bay fought back before falling

Bucs-Falcons: A wounded, wobbly Tampa Bay fought back before falling

Bucs-Falcons: A wounded, wobbly Tampa Bay fought back before falling

The Bucs, meanwhile, opened as a 4-point home underdog but the line was bet up almost three points and now the Falcons are -6.5. The Falcons' win eliminated the Packers from playoff contention.

PUBLIC BETTING: As of Monday morning, 79% of the betting tickets are on the Falcons to cover the spread and 67% of the money is also on Atlanta minus the points.

The Buccaneers (4-9) have lost three straight and eight of their last 10 games to plummet out of the playoff race. Tampa Bay has ruled both out.

The Falcons watched the Monday night game earlier this week.

The last time these two teams met was back on November 26 in Atlanta.

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If all three teams finish 11-5, which is very possible, then the Falcons would get the nod based on what would be a season sweep of the Saints and an overall record of 5-1 in the division.

A foot injury prevented Jones from playing against the Bucs in 2013, but in seven games since, he's caught 61 passes for 965 yards and seven touchdowns. The Bucs played without Winston, who was sidelined with a shoulder injury.

The additions of DeSean Jackson and O.J. Howard, to go along with Pro Bowler Mike Evans and rising tight end Cameron Brate, were supposed to transcend the Tampa Bay passing game from good to great, but that has yet to really materialize. In that game, they turned the ball over five times. Amidst speculation about being a potential replacement for Dirk Koetter, former Tampa Bay coach Jon Gruden will be in attendance. Regardless, the Tampa Bay passing attack represents the Bucs' best chance for success against the Falcons tonight. Thirteen of the last 17 contests were settled by 10 points or less. I'm talking about Falcons running back Devonta Freeman and Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston. The Tampa defense was also without several injured players - Pro Bowl defensive tackle Gerald McCoy (biceps), linebacker Lavonte David (hamstring) and cornerback Vernon Hargreaves (hamstring). Get the app and get the game.

It also doesn't help that the Buccaneers rank dead last in the National Football League against the pass this season, allowing 276.1 yards per game.

Defensively, Keanu Neal forced fumble and fumble recovery in the red zone was a key play in the game, the kind of turnovers the Falcons need to force to beat the Saints and Panthers.

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