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Sunday, September 11, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers square off against the Atlanta. The game, to be played at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta is slated for a 1:00 p.m. ET start time and will be broadcast on FOX. Read on for our Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Atlanta Falcons preview.
According to ESPN's matchup predictor, which is based on its Football Power Index, Atlanta wins the matchup between the two team 60.5% of the time. The spread also suggests that the Falcons are the favorite to win the matchup.
The contest is scheduled to be played at the Georgia Dome, which has a capacity of 71,228 fans.
Spread: Atlanta Falcons -3
Game Time: 1:00 p.m. ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Atlanta Falcons preview
After opening play against the Atlanta Falcons, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers face a string of tough defenses from Week 2 through Week 5. The Bucs will travel to face Arizona Cardinals, then play the L.A. Rams, followed by the Denver Broncos, and closing the tough stretch against the Carolina Panthers. Luckily for them, the Buccaneers get a bye following their rough patch.
Atlanta follows up their opening contest against the Buccaneers with trips to Oakland, New Orleans, Denver, and Seattle in the first six weeks of the season. The Falcons have a Week 11 bye, which should get them rested up in time to face conference opponent Arizona.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers finished the 2015 campaign with four straight losses to end up with a 6-10 record in Lovie Smith's final season with the team.
The Falcons started the season with five straight wins, but lost six in a row in the middle of their season to finish 8-8 during the 2015 season.
Dirk Koetter enters his first season as an NFL head coach after assuming the Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator responsibilities in 2015.
The Atlanta Falcon's head coach Dan Quinn enters his second season with the team after an 8-8 2015 campaign.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Atlanta Falcons have met 45 times in history and the Buccaneers own a slim 23-22 lead over the Falcons.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Atlanta Falcons prediction:
Star wide receiver Julio Jones is listed as questionable for this Week 1 matchup. If he doesn't play the Falcons could be in trouble as the Buccaneers offense has improved immensely over the last few years. Second-year quarterback Jameis Winston will lead the Buccaneers to a Week 1 victory in Atlanta in an offensive showdown.
Tampa Bay 34, Atlanta 31