Falcons edge Bucs to remain in NFC South race

Falcons edge Bucs to remain in NFC South race

Falcons edge Bucs to remain in NFC South race

The Atlanta Falcons head to Raymond James Stadium to meet the division rival Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday night as they look to remain firmly in the postseason picture.

Winston is averaging 277 passing yards and two touchdowns per game since returning from injury. For Monday night, they went with someone else. But they can surpass both teams by handing each of them a loss over the next two weeks. Thankfully for the Bucs, the Falcons are tied with the Cleveland Browns for last in the National Football League in takeaways with only 11 on the 2017 season giving Atlanta a -5 differential.

The Falcons need a victory on Monday night to keep pace with the NFC South leaders, setting up showdowns with the Saints on Christmas Eve and the Panthers on New Year's Eve. The 8-5 Falcons find themselves back in playoff contention after winning four of their last five contests. And the Falcons hold tiebreakers over all current 8-6 teams - the Seahawks, Dallas Cowboys, and Detroit Lions - based on defeating those teams during the regular season.

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On the ensuing drive, Tampa Bay pulled into a 7-7 tie with Winston's 30-yard scoring pass to rookie tight end O.J. Howard, who sustained a game-ending ankle injury on the play.

The question now is, can the Falcons close out with strong efforts against the Saints and Panthers? The Tampa defense was also without several injured players - Pro Bowl defensive tackle Gerald McCoy (biceps), linebacker Lavonte David (hamstring) and cornerback Vernon Hargreaves (hamstring). Tampa Bay leads 24-23 all time. Inspired, but sloppy, Bucs give Atlanta what it needs in must-win game. With Martin sidelined, Barber will lead the way out of the Buccaneers backfield, while Charles Sims handles pass-catching reps and Jacquizz Rodgers serves in a change-of-pace role. The Bucs actually did a good job defending Falcons receiver Julio Jones, limiting him to three receptions for 54 yards. But then again, the Falcons had the running game going with a season-high 201 rushing yards. It wasn't pretty, as two fumbles would attest, but it was needed to beat Tampa Bay.

But poor tackling on defense and just poor special teams play will catch up to the Falcons if they don't get it corrected.

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