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NFL : ATS Matchup
Monday 12/18/2017Line$ LineOU LineScore




ATLANTA (8 - 5) at TAMPA BAY (4 - 9)
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Week 15 Monday, 12/18/2017 8:30 PM
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332TAMPA BAY47.548
ATLANTA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games8-5-8.46-75-822.613.4363.6(6.2)
Road Games4-2+1.52-43-322.712.8360.5(6.3)1.222.814.7332.8(5.4)0.8
Last 3 Games2-1+0.72-11-221.012.0378.0(6.3)1.317.07.7330.3(5.6)0.3
Grass Games1-1-0.50-20-220.010.0363.5(6.7)0.518.512.0315.5(5.2)1.0
Division Games2-1+0.52-11-223.713.3404.7(6.6)1.719.010.0336.3(5.6)1.0
ATLANTA - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)22.613.420.829:2927-117(4.4)21-3266.0%247(7.7)59-364(6.2)(16.1)
Opponents Defensive Avg.21.91119.830:0126-110(4.2)22-3563.6%231(6.7)61-341(5.6)(15.6)
Offense Road Games22.712.820.329:0925-103(4)21-3267.2%258(8.1)57-360(6.3)(15.9)
Defense (All Games)
Opponents Offensive Avg.22.610.819.630:1427-112(4.2)22-3464.1%226(6.7)61-339(5.6)(15)
Defense Road Games22.814.721.230:5126-123(4.7)23-3664.5%210(5.9)62-333(5.4)(14.6)
ATLANTA - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against0.
Stats For (Road Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 12-539.4%1-164.7%2-55(25.4)1-7(6.5)7-59
Opponents Avg. Stats For0.90.51.4 13-539.9%1-044.6%2-43(21.6)17-2(8.6)7-58
Stats Against (Road Games) 13-536.7%1-157.1%2-60(27.6)2-10(5.6)7-65

TAMPA BAY - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games4-9-5.83-97-620.38.2353.5(5.7)1.524.012.7389.3(6.2)1.8
Home Games3-3-0.42-41-517.89.8350.7(5.5)1.716.78.3342.3(5.3)2.0
Last 3 Games0-3-3.10-32-120.37.7389.3(5.8)
Grass Games4-4-0.43-53-519.611.1352.5(5.5)1.418.29.2347.2(5.6)2.2
Division Games0-3-3.20-31-211.03.0284.0(4.7)1.327.015.3392.3(6.3)1.3
TAMPA BAY - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)
Opponents Defensive Avg.221119.730:0826-110(4.2)22-3463.2%229(6.6)61-338(5.6)(15.4)
Offense Home Games17.89.821.529:4126-104(4)22-3757.8%246(6.6)64-351(5.5)(19.7)
Defense (All Games)24.012.720.430:2927-113(4.2)24-3668.4%276(7.8)62-389(6.2)(16.2)
Opponents Offensive Avg.21.81119.430:1227-109(4.1)22-3464.1%226(6.6)61-335(5.5)(15.4)
Defense Home Games16.78.319.330:1922-72(3.2)28-4167.5%270(6.5)64-342(5.3)(20.5)
TAMPA BAY - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against0.
Stats For (Home Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 14-748.3%1-014.3%2-54(22.1)2-11(6.1)7-61
Opponents Avg. Stats For10.51.5 13-539.5%1-042.0%2-44(21)17-2(8.3)7-57
Stats Against (Home Games) 14-640.7%1-020.0%2-41(20.5)2-16(8.1)7-67
Average power rating of opponents played: ATLANTA 21.5,  TAMPA BAY 20.7
ATLANTA - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
10/22/2017@ NEW ENGLAND7-23L2.5L56.5U22-12023-33-223036-16221-29-2410
10/29/2017@ NY JETS25-20W-6.5L44O32-14018-29-246222-4326-33-2361
11/5/2017@ CAROLINA17-20L-3L42U18-5324-38-302138-20113-24-1292
11/20/2017@ SEATTLE34-31W1W46O30-8919-27-190123-13627-43-2242
11/26/2017TAMPA BAY34-20W-10W47O28-14827-36-368123-9427-44-2790
12/7/2017NEW ORLEANS20-17W-2.5W51.5U37-13215-27-211315-5026-35-2561
12/18/2017@ TAMPA BAY            
12/24/2017@ NEW ORLEANS            

TAMPA BAY - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
10/22/2017@ BUFFALO27-30L3T46.5O25-6932-44-378333-17320-33-2611
11/5/2017@ NEW ORLEANS10-30L7L54.5U25-8715-28-113132-15122-27-2562
11/12/2017NY JETS15-10W-1W44.5U31-9017-34-181119-5623-39-2192
11/19/2017@ MIAMI30-20W-1.5W44O24-5322-37-268019-8323-40-3655
11/26/2017@ ATLANTA20-34L10L47O23-9427-44-279028-14827-36-3681
12/3/2017@ GREEN BAY20-26L3L45.5O35-16521-32-230129-19913-22-771
12/24/2017@ CAROLINA            
12/31/2017NEW ORLEANS            
ATLANTA: The Falcons lost the league's best offensive coordinator in Kyle Shanahan (now the 49ers' head coach), but MVP QB Matt Ryan still has arguably the league's best WR in Julio Jones, and Atlanta got great production from the rest of their receiving group when Jones drew copious defensive attention. Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman might be the NFL's best RB combo: Both are great receivers, patient runners and homerun threats in the open field. Atlanta's defense improved greatly during the course of 2016. Edge-rusher Vic Beasley led the league in sacks, rookies LB Deion Jones and S Keanu Neal matured quickly, CB Robert Alford established himself as a bona fide No. 1 CB and DT Grady Jarrett was simply dominant in the Super Bowl. Newly-acquired DT Dontari Poe is a space-eating run-stuffer, and elite CB Desmond Trufant is back after missing ten games with a shoulder injury.
TAMPA BAY: QB Jameis Winston is developing nicely under head coach Dirk Koetter, reading the field at an advanced level for a young passer. Strong-handed WR Mike Evans led the league in targets last year, and Tampa added deep threat WR DeSean Jackson and first-round draft pick TE O.J. Howard this spring. RB Doug Martin will lead the power running game when his suspension ends in Week 4, with RBs Jacquizz Rodgers and Peyton Barber likely to fill in. Tampa's defense improved greatly over the course of last season, allowing just 17.1 points per game in the second half of the year. CB Vernon Hargreaves and DE Noah Spence showed great promise and development as rookies, while veterans CB Brent Grimes and DT Gerald McCoy played at a high level. LBs Lavonte David and Kwon Alexander enjoyed a productive season as the Bucs were the best third-down defense in the NFL.
Falcons look to keep rolling vs. Bucs

TAMPA, Fla. -- For the Atlanta Falcons, there are no complicated math equations or exotic tiebreakers to consider.

If the Falcons (8-5) win out in their last three games -- beginning with Monday night's visit to Raymond James Stadium against the slumping Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-9) -- they will win the NFC South title.

Atlanta, which resides one game behind the New Orleans Saints (9-4) and the Carolina Panthers (9-4) in the NFC South standings, put itself in striking position by winning four of its last five games. It currently projects as the NFC's No. 6-seeded playoff team.

After Monday night's trip to Tampa Bay, the Falcons finish at New Orleans, then at home against Carolina.

First things first, though.

The Falcons are receiving extra rest after defeating the Saints 20-17 last Thursday before heading into Monday night's game. They already own a 34-20 home victory on Nov. 26 against the Bucs, who were playing their third consecutive game without injured quarterback Jameis Winston.

Winston has returned to the lineup for battered Tampa Bay, which is expected to be without star defensive tackle Gerald McCoy after he suffered a biceps injury last Sunday in a 24-21 defeat against the Detroit Lions.

Overall, the Bucs have been one of the NFL's biggest disappointments while failing to build upon last season's 9-7 mark despite the acquisition of wide receiver DeSean Jackson.

Still, Atlanta coach Dan Quinn is wary.

"You always keep an eye out, in terms of our own division," Quinn said. "We love it as competitors and it's a battle for it here in the last three weeks, but we kind of even get it tighter than that to say we know this week at Tampa, it's going to be a battle.

"That's where our focus lies, and we'll see how much better during this week (we can get). We know, for us, it has to come back to us."

The Falcons were explosive in the previous meeting against the Bucs. Quarterback Matt Ryan was 26 of 35 for 317 yards while receiver Julio Jones had 12 receptions for 253 yards and two touchdowns.

"You never know whose game it's going to be," Jones said. "That's why I'm not a stats guy. At the end of the day, I want to win. That's my main goal. When I line up, I want to win."

Atlanta has done a superb job of that in the last month. Overall, the season has been schizophrenic with a 3-0 start, followed by three consecutive losses, then a protracted battle back into postseason contention.

At the same time, the Falcons know this isn't a time for slippage. They have to remain on an upward trajectory, especially while finishing with three consecutive division foes.

"It's a division game ... and that's how we always go about approaching it (when placing importance on facing the Bucs)," Quinn said. "Anytime you're playing a division team, it's just a battle. It's just how it ends up working out. It always is. We expect nothing different. We know it's going to be a heck of a fight."

The Bucs, though, have been laboring down the stretch.

Tampa Bay's defense has struggled on the pass rush all season and ranks 32nd in the NFL with 17 sacks. McCoy leads the Bucs with five sacks.

Atlanta's defense, which held the Saints to 306 yards (just 50 rushing), will pose a challenge for Tampa Bay's mistake-prone offense.

The Bucs had five turnovers against the Lions last week, including three by Winston (two interceptions, one lost fumble). Winston, a third-year player who was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 draft, has 53 turnovers in 42 NFL games. The Bucs are 1-10 in games in which Winston throws multiple interceptions.

As if a shoulder injury and an investigation into whether he groped a female Uber driver wasn't enough, now there is a new distraction surrounding Winston.

Sunday, a few hours before the Bucs kicked off against the Lions, NFL.com released a report that stated the relationship between Winston and Tampa Bay coach Dirk Koetter was "not in a good place."

The report said Winston didn't feel Koetter supported him properly when the player was recovering from his shoulder injury, while also claiming he was unhappy with the predictability and ineffectiveness of Tampa Bay's offense.

After the game, Koetter and Winston denied any rift.

Koetter continued to refute the report on Monday, saying any unhappiness over Tampa Bay's offense is shared by everyone in the organization.

Now the Bucs, who had aspirations to reach the franchise's first playoff game since 2007, find themselves at the bottom of the NFC South standings, looking up at their three division opponents.

"It doesn't sting any worse," Koetter said. "You recognize that they are three good football teams and we think we can play with all three of those teams. We know that those teams are all squarely in the playoff hunt. But we have to be concerned about what we can do to play our best football."

Last Updated: 1/21/2019 12:45:52 PM EST

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