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According to JoeBucsFan.com, Falcons linebacker Curtis Lofton has started the trash talking between the two NFC South rivals.
During his weekly radio show, Lofton came after Bucs running back LeGarrette Blount, “I want all of him. I don’t want no piece. I want the whole thing."
Neither Blount nor the Bucs have responded, but you can almost guarantee the feeling is mutual in the Tampa Bay locker room.
It's no secret the Bucs have to get Blount going early in order to win on Sunday. Considering Tampa Bay has struggled to come out of the gates in the first half of both its games, look for the Bucs to run Blount and keep Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan on the sidelines.
Offensive coordinator Greg Olsen made the right decision by continuing to run the football against the Vikings last week, even though the Buccaneers were playing from behind. Tampa Bay's offense is predicated on the play-action fake and without a semblance of a run game to keep Atlanta's defense honest, this could be a long one for the Buccaneers.