Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Atlanta Falcons- 9/11/16 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-10) at Atlanta Falcons (8-8)
NFL Football: Sunday, September 11, 2016 at 1:00 pm (Georgia Dome)
The Line: Atlanta Falcons -2.5 -- Over/Under: 48 See the Latest Odds
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Atlanta Falcons kick off their regular season slate at the Georgia Dome in an all NFC South matchup.
The Tampa Bay Bucs head into this season with a ton of optimism as they look to contend in the NFC South division race and a road win to start the year against one of their divisional foes would certainly put them in a good place after week one. The Bucs are led by Jameis Winston who is in his second year as the team’s quarterback and he will have no shortage of weapons to work with as Mike Evans, Vincent Jackson, and Doug Martin will all burden the load of offensive responsibility and that is a very dangerous group to match up against. Tampa is coming off a decent campaign but will be out for more this time around and while they may have their holes on defense they are certainly a dark horse team to watch out for in the NFC and they could give the Falcons fits here in both team’s season opener.
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The Falcons meanwhile are more of the same story as they have Matt Ryan at quarterback, one of the best receivers in the league in Julio Jones, and a tandem at running back led by Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman but do they have enough to make the playoffs. Atlanta doesn’t have a great defense and against the teams in the NFC South including the Bucs, Panthers, and Saints they are prone to getting eaten alive through the air despite the presence of an emerging Vic Beasley. This game has the potential to be a shootout and the Falcons always seem to play well at home but with this line hovering around the field goal mark it is evidence that the odds makers think this is Tampa’s game to lose as the benefit of the doubt for the home team is all the Falcons are getting.
Tampa Bay is 2-7 ATS in their last nine games in September, 2-8 ATS in their last 10 season openers, and 0-4 ATS in their last four against the NFC while the Falcons are 11-5 ATS in their last six season openers, 2-10 ATS in their last 12 overall, and 1-8 ATS in their last nine against the NFC. The Falcons seem to start off well and taper from there but I am not sold on this team as a whole and while they have some guys who can make plays and put up points I think the Bucs are the deeper team and I like them to cover here if not win outright.