Follow along in this NFL week 18 Buccaneers and Falcons pick and preview to get our insight on to who will win and cover in Atlanta.
Buccaneers vs Falcons Pick & Preview- NFL Week 18
On Sunday, January 8th at 1:00 PM ET, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, GA. FOX is carrying television coverage for the game. Atlanta comes into this NFC South contest as the -3.0 point home favorite.
Buccaneers vs Falcons Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NFL
- Teams: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Atlanta Falcons
- Where: Atlanta at Mercedes-Benz Stadium
- Date: Sunday, January 8th
- Betting Odds ATL -3.0, TB +140 | ATL -172 O/U 40.5
Will Tom Brady Lead The Buccaneers To A Win In What Figures To Be A Tightly Contested Game?
The Buccaneers head into week 18 looking for another win, as they picked up 6 point victory over the Carolina Panthers (30-24). Tampa Bay entered the game as -3.5 point favorites and went on to cover the spread. With their combined 54 points, the two teams exceeded the betting over-under number of 40.
Even though Tampa Bay ran the ball 25 times, they ended the game with just 67 rushing yards. The team’s leading rusher was Leonard Fournette, who finished with just 28 yards and a per-attempt average of 2.8.
At the quarterback position, Tom Brady ended the game with a passer rating of 127.27 on 432 yards through the air. In addition to throwing for 3 scores, Brady ran for an additional touchdown. In addition to his team-leading 207 receiving yards, Mike Evans hauled in 3 touchdowns. Tampa Bay is the ranked team in pass yards per game, averaging 278.12 overall. Going into the game, the Buccaneers have thrown a total of 10.0 interceptions, coming on a passing completion percentage of 66.53% (9th).
Will Desmond Ridder Lead The Falcons To A Win Over Tampa Bay?
Heading into week 18, the Falcons are looking to add another win after knocking off Arizona Cardinals by a score of 20-19. Even though Atlanta picked up the win, they failed to cover the spread as -6.5 point favorites. With an over-under betting line of 40, the two teams fell below that figure as they combined for 39.
For the game, Atlanta ran the ball 34 times, finishing with 132 rushing yards. In addition to running for 83 yards, Tyler Allgeier ran for 1 score.
On his way to compiling 169 passing yards, Desmond Ridder finished with a passer rating of 90.06. Ridder finished the game without a passing or rushing touchdown. MyCole Pruitt had a big game in the passing attack, finishing with 49 yards on 4 catches. Atlanta is averaging 155.7 yards per game through the pass. So far, 49.47% of their yards have come through the air, with a completion percentage of 62.13% (24th).
Odds & Free Betting Analysis for this NFL Game
The Buccaneers will be looking to pick up yet another win over the Falcons as they picked up a 21-15 win at home in week 5. Not only did the Buccaneers come out on top in the win column, but they also covered the spread as +3.0 point underdogs. Last season, the Buccaneers and Falcons met up for 2 games, with Tampa Bay winning both matchups by scores of 30-17 and 48-25.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are looking to continue their recent dominance over Atlanta, as they have won 5 straight games vs the Falcons. The over-under record in these games sits at 3-2, with the average scoring total coming in at 57.0 points.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have performed well vs the spread in recent games, going 2-2. The Buccaneers’ offense has averaged 34.8 points per game over the 5 most recent meetings with Atlanta, compared to the Falcons at 22.2.
Although Tampa Bay has a straight-up record of 1-4-0 in their last 5 road games, they have not held up as well vs the spread going 0-5. The team averaged 12.8 points per game in these games.
Through their last 5 home contests, the Falcons’ offense has averaged 23.4 points per game while allowing an average of 23.2. Atlanta posted an overall record of 3-2 while going 1-4 ATS.
Buccaneers vs Falcons Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Buccaneers 3.0
- Free Total Prediction: Over 40.5
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