The Atlanta Falcons best win of the season came against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in week three of the season. But things have gone downhill ever since.
The Falcons have lost five straight ever since the impressive 56-14 win over their division rival. As well as the Falcons played on that Thursday night, things have simply fallen apart as the season has progressed.
Tampa Bay head coach Lovie Smith is switching back to quarterback Josh McCown for Sunday’s game against the Falcons. It’s amazing Smith has gone this direction, considering he also said Mike Glennon, benched for McCown, is still the Bucs’ quarterback of the future.
Glennon has thrown for 1,417 yards and 10 touchdowns but six interceptions this season. Last season Glennon made 13 starts and threw for 2,608 yards.
Tampa Bay’s running game has been awful. They have the fourth-worst rush offense in the NFL, averaging 89.8 rushing yards per game. Bobby Rainey leads Tampa Bay in rushing with 374 yards and one touchdown. Doug Martin has added 166 yards.
The Bucs actually subtracted a player from the secondary before the trade deadline when safety Mark Barron was traded to the Rams for two draft picks. Barron was a first round pick in 2007. The Tampa Bay pass defense is the second-worst in the NFL, allowing 285.3 yards per game.
Both Atlanta and Tampa Bay have lost some tough games this season. The beat down the Falcons put on the Bucs was their worst loss of the season, but both teams have also lost to Baltimore and Minnesota since their first meeting against each other. The Bucs lost their game last week to the Cleveland Browns 22-17.
With the NFL South still abysmal, both teams are technically still in the race, but Sunday will be the tipping point. It’s basically a do-or-die situation as neither team can afford another loss.
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