Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Atlanta Falcons Pick and Preview
- Updated: December 13, 2008
NFL Betting Preview
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (9-4) at Atlanta Falcons (8-5)
Sunday, 1:00 pm Eastern – FOX
SBG Global Opening Line: Falcons – 3 , Total 44.5
Two teams battling for a playoff spot in the very competitive NFC South meet in Atlanta on Sunday as the Falcons host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Both teams are coming off losses last week but each team can still make the playoffs. The Bucs are a game behind Carolina in the division and could clinch a playoff spot with a win against Atlanta and a loss by either Dallas or Philadelphia. The Falcons are a game back of the Bucs and they understand that a win against the Bucs is a necessity after losing last week to the Saints.
“Obviously we’re frustrated with the outcome. But this team hasn’t given up all year.” quarterback Matt Ryan said, “We still have everything that we want in front of us. We’re capable of getting into the playoffs.”
SBG Global reports that early NFL betting has the public taking Falcons at Home.
The Falcons haven’t had much success recently against the Bucs, losing the last three by a combined score of 92-19. The good news for Atlanta is that they are at home and NFC South teams at home have been unbeatable this season. The home team has won all 10 division games in the NFC South this season. Atlanta is 5-1 overall at home this season, averaging 32.2 points per game. Running back Michael Turner could have a big game against a Bucs defense that gave up over 300 yards to the Panthers last week. Turner is second in the NFL with 1,269 rushing yards.
Here are the NFL betting stats for Sunday’s game. The Buccaneers are 7-3-2 ATS in their last 12 games when playing on Sunday following a Monday night game. The Buccaneers are 8-20 ATS in their last 28 road games vs. a team with a winning home record. The Buccaneers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Buccaneers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games in December. The Buccaneers are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 meetings in Atlanta.
The Falcons are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 home games. The Falcons are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games as a favorite. The Falcons are 2-6 ATS in their last
8 vs. the NFC South. The favorite is 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings between the two teams.
SBG Global Current Line: Falcons – 3 , Total 44.5
The Over is 6-0 in the Buccaneers last 6 games in December. The Over is 9-2 in the Buccaneers last 11 road games. The Over is 5-2 in the Buccaneers last 7 games as an underdog. The Under is 5-2 in the Buccaneers last 7 vs. the NFC. The Over is 6-0 in the Falcons last 6 games in December. The Over is 8-2 in the Falcons last 10 home games. The Over is 6-2 in the Falcons last 8 vs. the NFC South.
Pick: Falcons 3 out of 5 units
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