11/25/2012 12:36 PM
Atlanta at Tampa Bay
This is the first team TB gets to face with a winning record at home this year. Both teams are off of dramatic wins with ATL becoming the 1st team to win a game with an 0-5 ratio since Bart Starr in 1967 as they took advantage of a horrid QB situation by ARZ. Freeman (278 ypg, 16-3 ratio the last 6 weeks) and RB Martin (148 ypg, 6.1 the last 4 weeks) have become a formidable duo but those numbers were posted vs the #32 schedule and not a nine-win team. TB’s #32 pass defense is allowing 298 ypg passing and 70.6% at home now has to face the competitive Ryan who’s tossing for 70.1% with a 14-3 ratio on the road. Last week was also only the 3rd time in his career he’s tossed 3 or more int’s and the game following in the previous 2 times he completed 74% with a 4-1 ratio. Despite having a full 3 game lead over the Bucs they are well aware of the excitement building in Tampa and will go all out to ensure they squash that enthusiasm. Contender vs pretender!
PHIL’S FORECAST: ATLANTA 31 TAMPA BAY 21