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Buccaneers take on Falcons in Week 17 contest

Tampa Bay BuccaneersAtlanta Falcons
Jan 1, 4:15 PM | Turf of Georgia Dome

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Atlanta Falcons Odds

4-11TEAM RECORD9-6

Atlanta got walloped on Monday night by New Orleans and wraps up their season against a Tampa Bay team they have struggled against in recent years.

The Bucs are 7-2 ATS the past 9 meetings with the Falcons, but they have struggled in season finales, going just 1-6 ATS past 7 seasons in Week 17.

Atlanta is in the playoffs win or lose but would like to win and avoid the Saints in the first round. Tampa is just 1-7 ATS in its past 8 December games.

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Power Rankings / Prediction:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 8-rated Falcons and the No. 31-ranked Buccaneers, according to the NFL Power Rankings here at Odds Shark. Predictive-scoring models run on this game indicate a potential 25-11 result in favor of the Falcons.

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How They Match Up:
The game also pits Atlanta's No. 11-ranked offense, averaging 23.8 PPG, against a Buccaneers defense that ranks No. 32 this week at 29.9 PPG. The Falcons aerial game is averaging 267.7 yards per game, more than the Buccaneers secondary allows through the air, 242.5 YPG per game.

Defensively, the Buccaneers feature the league's No. 32-rated road run defense, allowing 181.9 yards per game. Atlanta, meanwhile, ranks No. 16 in rushing offense at home.

In their last action, Tampa Bay was a 48-16 loser on the road against the Panthers. They failed to cover the 7.5–point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (64) was profitable news for OVER bettors.

Last time out for Atlanta, they were a 45-16 loser as they battled the Saints on the road. The Falcons failed to cover in the match as a 7-point underdog, while 61 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Matt Ryan's 373-yard performance through the air wasn't enough last time out, as New Orleans earned a 45-16 win over Atlanta on Monday at Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Trends:
When playing in January are 5-5
When playing on turf are 5-5
After being outgained are 2-8
When playing within the division are 4-6

Atlanta Falcons Trends:
When playing in January are 4-6
When playing on turf are 7-3
After outgaining opponent are 5-5
When playing within the division are 6-4

A few Buccaneers at Falcons trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Tampa Bay's last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Tampa Bay's last 7 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Tampa Bay's last 7 games when playing Atlanta
Tampa Bay is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Atlanta
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Atlanta's last 6 games at home
Atlanta is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Tampa Bay
Atlanta is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Tampa Bay
Atlanta is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home

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