ATLANTA (2-7) at TAMPA BAY(1-8)
Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, Fox
OPENING LINE - Falcons by 1
RECORD VS. SPREAD - Atlanta 2-7, Tampa Bay 3-6
SERIES RECORD - Tied 20-20
LAST MEETING - Falcons beat Buccaneers 31-23, Oct. 20, 2013
LAST WEEK - Falcons lost to Seahawks 33-10; Buccaneers beat Dolphins 22-19
AP PRO32 RANKING - Falcons No. 30, Buccaneers No. 31.
FALCONS OFFENSE - OVERALL (14), RUSH (32), PASS (6)
FALCONS DEFENSE - OVERALL (25), RUSH (27), PASS (25)
BUCCANEERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (31), RUSH (14), PASS (30)
BUCCANEERS DEFENSE - OVERALL (14), RUSH (5), PASS (14)
STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Series between NFC South rivals tied, but Falcons have won eight of past 10. Since formation of division in 2002, Atlanta leads 12-11. ... QB Matt Ryan was 20 of 26 for 273 yards, three touchdowns, no interceptions in meeting last month. With WR Roddy White sidelined by injury, Harry Douglas had seven receptions for 149 yards and one TD. White returned to lineup last week. ... Falcons have lost three straight since beating Bucs on Oct. 20, while Tampa Bay became last team in league to win this season with 22-19 victory over Miami last Monday night. ... Atlanta has been outscored 94-33 during losing streak, dropping each game by 14 or more points. ... Key matchup is Tampa Bay's run defense vs. Atlanta's rushing attack. Bucs climbed to fifth in run defense after holding Dolphins to 2 yards. Falcons last in league in rushing, averaging 64.3 yards. ... Atlanta TE Tony Gonzalez three catches shy of having 50 for 16th consecutive season. Has reception in 204 straight games, second-longest streak in league history. ... Rookie QB Mike Glennon making seventh start for Bucs. Glennon's thrown for six TDs, one interception in past six games. Threw for 256 yards, two TDs, no interceptions in first meeting against Falcons. WR Vincent Jackson had 10 receptions for 138 yards and two TDs. ... With RBs Doug Martin and Mike James out for season, Brian Leonard and Bobby Rainey will share Tampa Bay's rushing load. They combined for 102 yards vs. Miami. Bucs have rushed for 205 and 140 yards in past two games, two of their three highest totals this season.
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