Falcons vs. Buccaneers: TV Schedule, Live Stream, Spread Info and Game Time

Justin Welton@JustinWeltonAnalyst IINovember 21, 2012

One of the most anticipated Week 12 games features an NFC South showdown between the Atlanta Falcons and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

An Atlanta victory and they would be one step closer to clinching the division. A Tampa Bay victory, however, and the race would be back on.

Both teams have played well this season, but Tampa Bay has arguably been the better team of late, winning four straight games.  

Here is everything you need to know to get you ready for this NFC South showdown. 

Where: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Fla. 

When: Sunday, Nov. 25 at 1 p.m. ET

Watch: FOX

Live Stream: NFL DirecTV

Betting Line: Tampa Bay (+1), according to Covers


Atlanta Injury Report (via CBS Sports)

Player Injury
DE John Abraham Back
DT Jonathan Babineaux Thigh
WR Kevin Cone Groin
WR Harry Douglas Ankle
TE Tony Gonzalez Shoulder
WR Julio Jones Ankle
S Charles Mitchell Calf
LB Stephen Nicholas Groin
LB Mike Peterson Foot
DB Asante Samuel Shoulder
RB Michael Turner Groin
DT Vance Walker


LB Sean Weatherspoon Ankle


Tampa Bay Injury Report (via CBS Sports)

Player Injury
WR Arrelious Benn Shoulder
DE Michael Bennett Shoulder
S Cody Grimm Hamstring
T Jamon Meredith Ankle
CB Eric Wright Achilles
C Jeremy Zuttah Shoulder


What's at Stake?

Atlanta is close to sealing the deal in the NFC South, and with a victory over the Buccaneers this Sunday they would take one giant step towards that goal.

Tampa Bay is one of the hottest teams in the NFL and they are looking at a glorious opportunity to make some ground on the division leader.

With both teams having plenty to play for, this game is one of the more anticipated contests of Week 12. 


Fantasy Plays

Julio Jones, Atlanta WR

Against the league's worst pass defense, starting Julio Jones makes sense if he is healthy enough to participate. As of right now, he is questionable with an ankle injury.

Jones hasn't played well in recent weeks, posting seven receptions and no touchdowns in the past two games. Jones hasn't scored a touchdown since Oct. 28 against the Eagles.

Nevertheless, he is a great fantasy option this week (if healthy) because Tampa Bay's pass defense is atrocious. 


Dallas Clark, Tampa Bay TE

Dallas Clark used to be the best pass catching tight end in the NFL. He may not be that type of player anymore but he's capable of making some big time plays like we saw this past Sunday. 

Clark has only caught three touchdown passes this year but he's coming off the best statistical performance of the season posting seven receptions, 58 yards and a touchdown. 

His 11 targets were the most targets he received all season.

With Vincent Jackson and Doug Martin tearing it up on the perimeter and on the ground, it leaves the door wide open in the middle of the field, and Clark has and will continue to be the beneficiary. 


What They Are Saying

Tampa Bay's official Twitter feed realizes what's at stake this Sunday as the season dwindles to a close.

Bucs bring a 4-game win streak (and 5 of last 6) into this big divisional game. A win would pull them within 2 of the Falcons with 5 to go.

— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@TBBuccaneers) November 19, 2012

This game means a lot to both teams but more specifically to Tampa Bay. Atlanta can go 2-4 in the final six games and still clinch a playoff berth, but the Buccaneers need to tally up victories to stay in the wild-card hunt. 

With a game at Atlanta at the end of the season, Tampa Bay must make up some ground at home this Sunday. 


Key Matchup: Atlanta's offense vs. Tampa Bay's defense

Tampa Bay defends the rush better than any team in the league. However, Atlanta does most of its work through the air which is the major downfall of the Buccaneers' defense.

For Tampa Bay to have any chance whatsoever, they must be able to play better than its No. 32 ranked pass defense. 

Matt Ryan is coming off one of the worst quarterback performances of the year where he threw five interceptions against the Cardinals. He will be looking for a bounce back performance this week against the league's worst pass defense, and he most certainly has the talent around him to do major damage.

Roddy White, Julio Jones and Tony Gonzalez have combined for 173 receptions, 2,332 yards and 15 touchdowns this season. Ryan is great but the weapons at his disposal make him that much greater.

Tampa Bay will need one of its better performances of the season on the defensive side of the ball to escape with a victory. 



Tampa Bay is one of the hottest teams in all of football, and Atlanta hasn't been playing particular well of late.

They haven't played a difficult schedule thus far, either. Atlanta has only defeated two teams with a .500 or better record this season and that's counting Dallas who is 5-5. 

The Falcons are a solid team in 2012 but they are much more vulnerable than people think. 

Tampa Bay 31, Atlanta 28


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