Atlanta Falcons and Tampa Bay Buccaneers: With both teams pulling comebacks last week, the Falcons and Buccaneers will need that confidence as the Falcons visit the Buccaneers. Whoever wins this will lead the division and also draw first blood in the NFC South rival matchups.
The Falcons have looked shakey the past two games and QB Matt Ryan has been on the ground as much as he’s been upright in the pocket.
His offensive line will need to protect him in order to start establishing their new passing game with WR Roddy White and rookie WR Julio Jones.
The Falcons defense will be without DT Jonathan Babineaux(knee) and CB Kelvin Hayden(hamstring). The defense has also looked a bit off early in the season and need to regroup for this showdown.
It will be the front seven though that will be the focus in order to get pressure on Buccaneers QB Josh Freeman. Freeman is a thorn in the side of defenses not only for his passing ability, but his footwork when flushed out of the pocket.
His huge frame makes it difficult for even stout lineman to bring down. RB LeGarrette Blount echos the same respect for his physical style of play and acrobatic dives into the endzone.