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The Buccaneers have won four of their past five games to surge back into the NFC playoff picture. Tampa Bay's unexpectedly explosive offense has put up 28 or more points in five straight games, thanks to the emergence of RB Doug Martin. The rookie is the only player in the NFL with over 800 rushing yards and 200 receiving yards. Tampa Bay's first four games were decided by a touchdown or less, but its past five have featured an average margin of 14.8 points. The Bucs have played over the total in their last six overall.
Cardinals’ blitz-happy defense vs. Falcons’ WR one-on-one dominance
Arizona defensive coordinator Ray Horton loves to unleash hell, blitzing nearly 40 percent of the time this season. It’s worked out pretty well for the Cardinals' stop unit, which ranks ninth in yards allowed. That chaotic brand of defense has forced nine interceptions, seven fumbles and sacked opposing QBs 27 times – third most in the NFC.
Bringing the pressure may bite Arizona in the butt versus the Falcons, though. They don’t call Atlanta’s QB “Matty Ice” because he sported a Rob Van Winkle flat-top as a kid. Ryan is has some of the best one-on-one options in the game in Roddy White, Tony Gonzalez and Julio Jones, who is expected to play Sunday, as well as a deadly dump-off in RB Jacquizz Rodgers.
How soft is the Saints' pass D - well, they rank 31st in the NFL averaging 307.3 net yards allowed per game, and have coughed up 19 passing TDs (second-most in the NFL so far) vs. just five interceptions (next-to-last) and 21 sacks (tied-13th) generated to date. Last week, Matt Ryan threw a career-best 34/52 for 411 yards passing, with three TDs and one interception thrown - enough said.