NFL Sunday Week 15 : Atlanta Falcons vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers Prediction and Analysis

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December 20, 2020 11:37 am

The battle for NFC South is heating up at the moment. Sean Payton’s New Orleans Saints can clinch the crown if they win and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers lose in Week 15. The Bucs start as favourites against Atlanta Falcons this weekend.

But can Matt Ryan’s team pull off an unlikely win at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Georgia? Here’s a detailed look at both teams, along with injury updates and Week 15 Game Day predictions.

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Atlanta Falcons looking to pull off a major upset on Week 15

The Falcons have lost both their last two NFL outings on the trot. They start as clear underdogs in Week 15. However, they are more than capable of capping off a disappointing season with a win against a strong Buccaneers outfit. They are on a 4-9 record.

Quarterback Matt Ryan had an underwhelming outing against the Chargers last week, throwing three interceptions in the 20-17 loss. The Falcons will need their backup wide receivers to step up in the absence of the legendary Julio Jones. The likes of Calvin Ridley, Russell Gage and RB Todd Gurley will need to put up a strong display in order to break the formidable Buccaneers  But they will need a strong defensive performance to put a stop to the decisive Tampa Bay Buccaneers offense.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers in dire need of string of good wins

The Buccaneers are set to miss out on the NFC South title. But that does not mean they are out of the race to make the NFL playoffs in post-season. Tom Brady led the Bucs to a 26-14 win against NFC North big boys Minnesota Vikings in Week 14.

The veteran quarterback will need some help from star wideouts Antonio Brown, Chris Godwin, Mike Evans and Scott Miller to break the Falcons defense. The likes of Ndamukong Suh and Shaquil Barrett will be key for the visitors if they want to come away with a win this weekend.

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NFL Preview: Atlanta Falcons vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers Team Updates

Atlanta – Out

DT Marlon Davidson – Knee

WR Julio Jones – Hamstring

CB Darqueze Dennard – Quad

S Ricardo Allen – Concussion

Questionable

T Kaleb McGary – Personal

G James Carpenter – Groin

Tampa Bay – None

Falcons vs Buccaneers Prediction

Atlanta Falcons 13 – 33 Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Dec 13, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Ronald Jones (27) high five against the Minnesota Vikings during the second quarter at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Despite their inconsistent displays in recent weeks, the Buccaneers should comfortably secure a win in Week 15. Coach Bruce Arians will want his players to take control of their playoff fate by delaying the Saints’ NFC South title party by another week or so. This one promises to be a good watch!

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Daniel Arambur

Daniel Arambur is an NFL journalist for EssentiallySports who is an admirer of the old guard in Green Bay Packers' Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady. He believes the latter has one more Super Bowl left in him before he bows out for good. Daniel bills Patrick Mahomes as one of the best up-and-coming quarterbacks in the league.

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