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Falcons-Buccaneers: 10 Observations


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Position Advantage:

QB: ATL

RB: ATL

WR: ATL

OL: TB

DL: TB

LB: ATL

DB: TB

ST: TB

Coach: ATL

After breaking down film of both teams, Scouts Inc. offers 10 things to watch in this week's Falcons-Buccaneers matchup.

1. Atlanta wants to pound the rock: The Falcons have traditionally been a running team that throws the ball effectively with an explosive downfield attack. The Buccaneers have struggled to stop the run this year (giving up an average of 156 yards a game) and can expect to see the Falcons come with their best power running game.

2. Protect the pocket: After facing two of the NFL's better pass-rushing teams, Chicago and Philadelphia, the Falcons will see a much softer pass rush from the Buccaneers. Still, the tackles need to do a much better job of protecting the edge as Matt Ryan has been sacked a total of nine times in just two games. They are not apt to ask Tony Gonzalez to stay in and pass block, though, as he is one of their most consistent and clutch receivers. Look for more blocking help from a fullback or two-tight end formations.

3. Get rookie WR Julio Jones more involved: The Falcons traded away a lot of draft picks to move up in the 2011 draft and take Jones with the sixth pick. Jones has shown flashes of the kind of talent Atlanta hoped to get but hasn't yet found the end zone or provided the deep threat that can stretch secondaries. Atlanta has lots of effective intermediate-to-short range options and needs Jones to show the kind of explosive skills that force coverages to soften up in order to prevent the home run pass.

4. Atlanta must stop the run with its base defense: Atlanta is giving up a respectable 110 yards a game or 3.88 yards per carry on the ground. The Buccaneers know that they have to run the ball effectively after giving LeGarrette Blount just five carries in Week 1 and 13 in Week 2. Josh Freeman is quickly becoming one of the league's better quarterbacks and the Falcons will need all the help in coverage they can get. They can ill afford to push extra defenders up into the box.

5. Matchup to watch: Atlanta RB Michael Turner vs. Tampa Bay MLB Mason Foster:Turner is Atlanta's leading rusher with 214 yards after two games and is averaging 6.9 yards per carry. When Turner is running the ball effectively and moving the chains, the passing game becomes much more effective. Mason was a third-round draft pick in this past draft and is leading the Buccaneers in tackles. He is a good-sized linebacker that has excellent range and a good nose for the ball.

6. Tampa Bay needs to get Blount involved early: Tampa Bay needs to establish a ground game when they face the Falcons to keep the ball out of Ryan's hands. Look for Tampa Bay to slow the game down with Blount to keep Atlanta's explosive receivers and Turner off the field.

7. Crowd the box: Tampa Bay is giving up 156 yards a game on the ground, second-most in the NFL. They need to find a way to plug up the running lanes and force Turner to run laterally rather than getting his shoulders turned and running north and south. Watch for strong safety Sean Jones to push up close to the line of scrimmage, as Atlanta did most of its damage against Philadelphia by running off tackle to both sides.

8. Win on special teams: Neither team has been particularly dynamic with their return units this year. Neither Atlanta nor Tampa Bay has scored a touchdown with punt or kickoff returns, nor have they given up a touchdown by either route. The Buccaneers don't have a lot of explosive weapons and generally have to rely on sustained drives, so any big punt or kickoff return could have a huge impact.

9. Bring some heat on passing downs: The Buccaneers have not been able to generate much pocket pressure with just their base four-man front this year. Look for head coach (and defensive coordinator) Raheem Morris to be a little more creative with his blitz package this week. Tampa Bay may use more safety and linebacker blitzes to try to get some pressure.

10. Matchup to watch: Tampa Bay RT Davin Joseph vs. Atlanta DT Peria Jerry: After two seasons of relatively disappointing play, Peria is showing why he was a first-round pick in 2009. Against the Eagles' interior line he spent a lot of time in Philadelphia's backfield and did a good job of pressuring Michael Vick from up the middle. Joseph will spend most of this game facing Peria and will need to bring his best game to keep Freeman upright.

Predicted Score: Atlanta 21, Tampa Bay 20

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1. Atlanta wants to pound the rock: The Falcons have traditionally been a running team that throws the ball effectively with an explosive downfield attack. The Buccaneers have struggled to stop the run this year (giving up an average of 156 yards a game) and can expect to see the Falcons come with their best power running game.

:blink: did i miss something? weren t we last in "explosive" plays hence the trade up for jones?

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1. Atlanta wants to pound the rock: The Falcons have traditionally been a running team that throws the ball effectively with an explosive downfield attack. The Buccaneers have struggled to stop the run this year (giving up an average of 156 yards a game) and can expect to see the Falcons come with their best power running game.

:blink: did i miss something? weren t we last in "explosive" plays hence the trade up for jones?

I think he is referring to the running game when he mentions "explosive downfield attack".

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1. Atlanta wants to pound the rock: The Falcons have traditionally been a running team that throws the ball effectively with an explosive downfield attack. The Buccaneers have struggled to stop the run this year (giving up an average of 156 yards a game) and can expect to see the Falcons come with their best power running game.

:blink: did i miss something? weren t we last in "explosive" plays hence the trade up for jones?

I was thinking the same thing, but maybe it's a "sign" of things to come. I'll cross my fingers and stuff.

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Advantage d-line to Tampa? Huh?

They've gotten 2 sacks so far, none coming from defensive linemen and they've struggled to stop the run. The breakdown even noted the Falcons stop the run better. How does the advantage go to Tampa?

Because their D-line has more well known names (read: hyped). If Babs was playing, no way they have the advantage.

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like i said before. Please stop embarrassing yourself.

When you say embarrassing, do you mean like when you compare the teams losses and see the 6 points scored by Falcons offense in Bear game as opposed to the Bucs losing by a score to the solid playing Lions!? By embarrassing do you mean 2nd and 3rd qtrs of Eagles game where Vick drove up and down the field at will? Yep you're right, those Falcons sure have been embarrassing themselves,

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