Josh D. Weiss-US PRESSWIRE
Atlanta is a deceptive team. The Falcons were the last undefeated team in the NFL at 8-0, but lost to the Saints and barely squeaked out a win against Arizona.
Matt Ryan had his worst game of the season against the Cardinals, throwing five interceptions. The Falcons were lucky that the Cardinals have the third-worst scoring offense or they would have likely suffered their second loss in as many weeks.
Tampa Bay has found a way to play its best when it has mattered most, and its clutch play was on full display in a thrilling overtime win against the Panthers on Sunday.
Josh Freeman and Vincent Jackson have been a lethal combination and rookie running back Doug Martin will only get better as the season moves on.
The Falcons have failed to find any consistency in the running game, which has led to a heavy dependence on Ryan. The Atlanta signal-caller has thrown 98 times in the last two games combined.
This may not be a bad thing against the Bucs. Tampa Bay has the worst pass defense in the league, allowing 312.6 yards per game. Ryan should be able to find Roddy White, Julio Jones and Tony Gonzalez for big plays.
Tampa Bay is hot so it is hard to pick against them, but the Falcons need this one for their confidence.
Atlanta 27, Tampa Bay 21