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Week 17 Preview: Atlanta Falcons at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Previewing the match-up between the Atlanta Falcons visiting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, focusing on key injuries and game notes.

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Atlanta Falcons @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers 
When: 1/3 @ 1:00pm ET
Watch: FOX
Point Spread: Falcons +6.5
Over/Under: 50
Moneyline: Buccaneers -305 | Falcons +255

Falcons Key Injuries: Alex Mack, C, Concussion (IR), Ito Smith, RB, Ribs (Q), Foye Oluokun, LB, Ankle (Q), Darqueze Dennard, DB, Quadriceps (Q), James Carpenter, G, Groin (Q), Julio Jones, WR, Hamstring (Q), Damontae Kazee, SS, Achilles (IR)
Buccaneers Key Injuries: Ronald Jones, RB, Finger (Q), Leonard Fournette, RB, Abdomen (Q), Jason Pierre-Paul, OLB, Knee (Q), Carlton Davis, CB, Groin (Q), Vita Vea, NT, Leg (IR), A.Q. Shipley, C, Neck (IR), O.J. Howard, TE, Achilles (IR)

NOTES: The Atlanta Falcons might be best known for blowing multiple leads throughout the season. But in All seriousness, this team will have a lot of questions to answer in the offseason. The potential rumors of trading Julio Jones could eventually follow through. Do they keep Matt Ryan? or choose to draft a quarterback or sign someone new? Who becomes the new head coach? In the mean time, they have a date with Tampa Bay, a game that doesn’t mean much for Atlanta but can potentially derail the Buccaneers in what seed they receive when the playoffs begin.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have had huge success since revamping their roster when they added Tom Brady and others to the crew. This past weekend, they were able to clinch the playoffs for the first time since 2007. The defense has also been completely revamped. The linebacker core of Levonte David, Devin White, Jason Pierre-Paul, and Shaq Barrett is elite. Thee secondary is young but plenty of room to grow. As for the offense, the weapons that Brady has are unimaginable and have preformed well all season. This game against Atlanta should not be much of a struggle as Atlanta’s defense has struggled all season.

Ethan was born and raised in Mount Laurel, New Jersey, right outside of Philadelphia. He's a sophomore at the University of Oregon studying journalism. He is an avid follower of the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, NCAA, and UFC. Since the return of sports, he has glued his eyes open only to experience continuous failure amongst his Philadelphia sports team.

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