NFL Sunday Week 17 : Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Atlanta Falcons Prediction and Analysis

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January 2, 2021 5:00 am

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady sealed a spot in the NFL playoffs with a record-breaking performance against the Detroit Lions. They will get the top wild card draw which is the fifth seed in their conference if they beat the Atlanta Falcons this weekend.

A win on Sunday will guarantee the Buccaneers a playoff against a match-up against the NFC East champions. Here’s a detailed look at both teams, along with injury updates and Week 17 Game Day predictions.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers aiming for fifth seed ahead of playoffs

TB12 turned back the clock with an epic display against the Lions in Week 16. He went 22 of 27, throwing for 348 yards with 4 passing TDs to his name. Coach Bruce Arians will be pleased by his team’s performance after some inconsistent displays over the last four months. He will be tempted to rest some of his key players against the Falcons with one eye on the playoffs.

But a win will guarantee them the fifth seed in the NFC. WR’s Antonio Brown, Mike Evans and Chris Godwin will be for the home team in their final game of the regular season. A strong defensive performance from the likes of Shaquil Barrett and Ndamukong Suh should be enough to seal a win at the Raymond James Stadium.

Can the Atlanta Falcons end their season on a positive note?

It’s truly been another underwhelming season for the Atlanta Falcons. Quarterback Matt Ryan and Co. have made some promising starts to games but have failed to close out wins in the final two quarters. They will most likely be without their star wideout Julio Jones once again as he continues recovery from a hamstring injury. WR Calvin Ridley will have to step up and lead in the absence of the legendary Julio.

The Falcons are at the bottom of the NFC South table with a 4-11 record. Deprived of motivation, they will have to dig deep if they want to beat the Bucs on Sunday.

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NFL Preview: Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Atlanta Falcons Team Updates

Tampa Bay – Out

DL Jeremiah Ledbetter – Calf

Doubtful

CB Carlton Davis – Groin

Questionable

DL Steve McLendon  – Not injury related

Atlanta – Out

CB Darqueze Dennard – Quad

WR Julio Jones – Hamstring

WR Brandon Powell – Foot

Questionable

DE Charles Harris – Personal

Buccaneers vs Falcons Prediction

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 43 – 17 Atlanta Falcons

Dec 26, 2020; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) talks to head coach Bruce Arians before a game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Just like in Week 17, we expect ‘Tampa’ Brady and his band of speedsters to wreak havoc on the Falcons in Week 17. The latter has no chance of making the post-season and will be expected to play accordingly.

The Buccaneers can set up a tasty Wild Card playoff against one of the struggling NFC East teams such as the Dallas Cowboys or Washington Football Team if they win tomorrow. Regardless, there should be another Tom Brady masterclass on display in Florida this weekend, make sure you don’t miss out!

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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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