Atlanta Falcons vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers Monday Night Football Sports Betting Odds & Free NFL Expert Picks


Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta Falcons
8-5-0 (4-2-0 V)
8:30 pm ET, Monday, December 18, 2017
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
4-9-0 (3-3-0 H)
ESPN
 
Atlanta Falcons vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers Monday Night Football Sports Betting Odds & Free NFL Expert Picks

 For the Atlanta Falcons, there are no complicated math equations or exotic tiebreakers to consider.

If the Falcons (8-5) win out in their last three games -- beginning with Monday night's visit to Raymond James Stadium against the slumping Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-9) -- they will win the NFC South title.

Atlanta, which resides one game behind the New Orleans Saints (9-4) and the Carolina Panthers (9-4) in the NFC South standings, put itself in striking position by winning four of its last five games. It currently projects as the NFC's No. 6-seeded playoff team.

After Monday night's trip to Tampa Bay, the Falcons finish at New Orleans, then at home against Carolina.

First things first, though.

The Falcons are receiving extra rest after defeating the Saints 20-17 last Thursday before heading into Monday night's game. They already own a 34-20 home victory on Nov. 26 against the Bucs, who were playing their third consecutive game without injured quarterback Jameis Winston.

Winston has returned to the lineup for battered Tampa Bay, which is expected to be without star defensive tackle Gerald McCoy after he suffered a biceps injury last Sunday in a 24-21 defeat against the Detroit Lions.

Overall, the Bucs have been one of the NFL's biggest disappointments while failing to build upon last season's 9-7 mark despite the acquisition of wide receiver DeSean Jackson.

Still, Atlanta coach Dan Quinn is wary.

The Falcons were explosive in the previous meeting against the Bucs. Quarterback Matt Ryan was 26 of 35 for 317 yards while receiver Julio Jones had 12 receptions for 253 yards and two touchdowns.

Atlanta has done a superb job of that in the last month. Overall, the season has been schizophrenic with a 3-0 start, followed by three consecutive losses, then a protracted battle back into postseason contention.

At the same time, the Falcons know this isn't a time for slippage. They have to remain on an upward trajectory, especially while finishing with three consecutive division foes.

The Bucs, though, have been laboring down the stretch.

Tampa Bay's defense has struggled on the pass rush all season and ranks 32nd in the NFL with 17 sacks. McCoy leads the Bucs with five sacks.

Atlanta's defense, which held the Saints to 306 yards (just 50 rushing), will pose a challenge for Tampa Bay's mistake-prone offense.

The Bucs had five turnovers against the Lions last week, including three by Winston (two interceptions, one lost fumble). Winston, a third-year player who was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 draft, has 53 turnovers in 42 NFL games. The Bucs are 1-10 in games in which Winston throws multiple interceptions.

As if a shoulder injury and an investigation into whether he groped a female Uber driver wasn't enough, now there is a new distraction surrounding Winston.

Sunday, a few hours before the Bucs kicked off against the Lions, NFL.com released a report that stated the relationship between Winston and Tampa Bay coach Dirk Koetter was "not in a good place."

The report said Winston didn't feel Koetter supported him properly when the player was recovering from his shoulder injury, while also claiming he was unhappy with the predictability and ineffectiveness of Tampa Bay's offense.

After the game, Koetter and Winston denied any rift.

Koetter continued to refute the report on Monday, saying any unhappiness over Tampa Bay's offense is shared by everyone in the organization.

Now the Bucs, who had aspirations to reach the franchise's first playoff game since 2007, find themselves at the bottom of the NFC South standings, looking up at their three division opponents.

 

Atlanta Falcons vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers VDB Sport Betting Odds and Predictions

Atlanta Falcons vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers Betting Odds

  Spread MoneyLine Total
Atlanta Falcons -7 (EVEN) -300 48½ (-110)o
Tampa Bay Buccaneers +7 (-120) +250 48½ (-110)u

Vegas Daily Betting Free Prediction: Atlanta Falcons -7 and Over/Under 48½

 


 

Atlanta Falcons vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers VDB Sport Betting Matchup Report

 

 

Team Records

Atlanta Falcons

Name Record Home Away ATS ATS Home ATS Away Offense Defense Diff
Overall 8-5 4-3 4-2 6-7 4-3 2-4 22.62 20.08 2.54
vs Conf 7-2 4-1 3-1 6-3 4-1 2-2 25.33 19.44 5.89
vs Div 0-1 0-0 0-1 0-1 0-0 0-1 17.00 20.00 -3.00
Last 3 2-1 2-1 0-0 2-1 2-1 0-0 21.00 17.00 4.00

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Name Record Home Away ATS ATS Home ATS Away Offense Defense Diff
Overall 4-9 3-3 1-6 3-9-1 2-4 1-5-1 20.31 24.00 -3.69
vs Conf 2-7 2-2 0-5 1-8 1-3 0-5 19.78 25.89 -6.11
vs Div 0-2 0-0 0-2 0-2 0-0 0-2 15.00 32.00 -17.00
Last 3 0-3 0-1 0-2 0-3 0-1 0-2 20.33 28.00 -7.67

Betting Odds Trends

Atlanta Falcons

Atlanta is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Atlanta is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Atlanta's last 10 games
Atlanta is 10-5 ATS in its last 15 games on the road
Atlanta is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Atlanta is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games on the road
Atlanta is 12-6 SU in its last 18 games when playing Tampa Bay
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Atlanta's last 9 games when playing Tampa Bay
Atlanta is 2-3-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Tampa Bay
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Atlanta's last 6 games when playing on the road against Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tampa Bay is 2-9-1 ATS in its last 12 games
Tampa Bay is 2-8 SU in its last 10 games
Tampa Bay is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home
Tampa Bay is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Tampa Bay's last 9 games at home
Tampa Bay is 6-12 SU in its last 18 games when playing Atlanta
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Tampa Bay's last 9 games when playing Atlanta
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Tampa Bay's last 6 games when playing at home against Atlanta

Injuries

Atlanta

Player   Status/Updated Notes
Mohamed Sanu WR Prob Mon - Knee - 12/14/17 Sanu is expected to play Monday against the Buccaneers despite a knee injury.
Adrian Clayborn DE Ques Mon - Hamstring - 12/14/17 Clayborn has a hamstring injury and it is unclear if he will play against the Buccaneers on Monday.
Wes Schweitzer G Ques Mon - Groin - 12/14/17 Schweitzer is dealing with a groin injury and it is unknown if he will suit up Monday against the Buccaneers.
Eric Saubert TE Ques Mon - Back - 12/12/17 Saubert was held out of the previous game due to a back injury and it is uncertain if he will suit up against the Buccaneers on Monday.
Sean Weatherspoon LB Ques Mon - Illness - 12/12/17 Weatherspoon has missed the previous two games while dealing with an illness and it is unclear if he will play Monday against the Buccaneers.
Andy Levitre G Ques Mon - Tricep - 12/12/17 Levitre sat out the last game due to a partially torn triceps and it is unknown if he will be available against the Buccaneers on Monday.
Tevin Coleman RB Out Mon - Concussion - 12/16/17 Coleman is working his way through concussion protocol and will not play in Monday's game against the Buccaneers.
Jordan Tripp LB Ques Week 17 - Concussion - 10/31/17 Tripp has landed on injured reserve due to a concussion and it is unclear if he will be activated in time for Week 17 against the Panthers.
Jack Crawford DE I-R - Bicep - 10/3/17 Crawford tore his biceps and is on the injured reserve list.
Quincy Mauger S I-R - Knee - 12/7/17 Mauger has been placed on the injured reserve list with a knee injury.

Tampa Bay

Player   Status/Updated Notes
T.J. Ward S Prob Mon - Concussion - 12/16/17 Ward has sat out the previous two games with a concussion but has cleared protocol and is expected to play in Monday's matchup against the Falcons.
J.R. Sweezy G Ques Mon - Shin - 12/14/17 Sweezy is dealing with an injured shin and it is unknown if he will play Monday against the Falcons.
Cameron Brate TE Ques Mon - Hip - 12/14/17 Brate is nursing a hip injury and it is uncertain if he will play against the Falcons on Monday.
Donovan Smith T Ques Mon - Shoulder - 12/14/17 Smith is bothered by a shoulder injury and it is undetermined if it will obstruct his availability against the Falcons on Monday.
Joe Hawley C Ques Mon - Illness - 12/12/17 Hawley sat out the previous game with an illness and it is unclear if it will hinder his availability against the Falcons on Monday.
Clinton McDonald DT Ques Mon - Back - 12/12/17 McDonald missed his second-straight game with a back injury and it is uncertain if he will be active Monday against the Falcons.
Josh Robinson CB Ques Mon - Hamstring - 12/12/17 Robinson has been held out of the previous two games with a hamstring injury and it is undetermined if he will suit up against the Falcons on Monday.
Lavonte David LB Out Mon - Hamstring - 12/16/17 David has a hamstring injury and will not suit up Monday against the Falcons.
Gerald McCoy DT Out Mon - Bicep - 12/16/17 McCoy suffered a right biceps injury and will not be available Monday against the Falcons.
Vernon Hargreaves CB Out Mon - Hamstring - 12/16/17 Hargreaves missed his fourth-consecutive game due to a hamstring injury and will not return to the lineup Monday against the Falcons.
Demar Dotson T I-R - Knee - 11/29/17 Dotson has been placed on the injured reserve list with a knee injury.
Ali Marpet C I-R - Knee - 11/29/17 Marpet injured his knee and has landed on the injured reserve list.
Noah Spence DE I-R - Shoulder - 10/25/17 Spence is on injured reserve due to a torn labrum in his shoulder.
Nick Folk K I-R - Leg - 10/9/17 Folk has been placed on the injured reserve list due to tendinitis in his plant leg.
DaVonte Lambert DL I-R - Wrist - 9/1/17 Lambert has been placed on the injured reserve with a dislocated wrist.
Stevie Tu'ikolovatu DT I-R - Knee - 9/1/17 Tu'ikolovatu has been placed on the injured reserve with an injured MCL and meniscus in his right knee.
Justin Trattou DE I-R - Undisclosed - 8/28/17 Trattou has landed on the injured reserve list with an unspecified ailment.

Recent Meetings

  Atlanta Tampa Bay
Date Away/Home Line ATS Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
11/26/17 TB (20) - ATL (34) -10.5/47 ATL/O 516 148 368 373 94 279
11/3/16 ATL (43) - TB (28) 4.5/49 ATL/O 461 136 325 396 70 326
9/11/16 TB (31) - ATL (24) -2.5/46.5 TB/O 374 52 322 371 90 281
12/6/15 ATL (19) - TB (23) -1/46.5 TB/U 319 64 255 388 166 222
11/1/15 TB (23) - ATL (20) -8/47.5 TB/U 496 101 395 290 117 173
11/9/14 ATL (27) - TB (17) 3.5/47 ATL/U 322 110 212 373 92 281
9/18/14 TB (14) - ATL (56) -6.5/47 ATL/O 488 144 344 217 64 153
11/17/13 ATL (28) - TB (41) -1/43.5 TB/O 420 152 268 410 186 224
10/20/13 TB (23) - ATL (31) -6/43 ATL/O 291 18 273 337 111 226
12/30/12 TB (22) - ATL (17) -3/46 TB/U 278 65 213 366 144 222

Atlanta  Last 10

  Yards Per Play
Date vs Score Line ATS Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
12/7/17 NO W 20-17 -2.5/51.5 W/U 37 82 -45 -0.8 0.2 0.5
12/3/17 MIN L 9-14 -2/48.5 L/U -37 -3 -34 0.3 1.2 -0.9
11/26/17 TB W 34-20 -10.5/47 W/O 143 54 89 2.5 1.2 3.9
11/20/17 @ SEA W 34-31 -1/46 W/O -81 -47 -34 -0.6 -2.9 1.8
11/12/17 DAL W 27-7 -3.5/49 W/U 103 25 78 0.8 -1.2 2.8
11/5/17 @ CAR L 17-20 -3/42 L/U 25 -148 173 1.0 -2.3 2.6
10/29/17 @ NYJ W 25-20 -6.5/43.5 L/O 107 97 10 1.3 2.4 1.3
10/22/17 @ NE L 7-23 3/56.5 L/U -60 -42 -18 0.0 1.0 -1.6
10/15/17 MIA L 17-20 -14/46 L/U 50 -38 88 1.8 0.8 2.3
10/1/17 BUF L 17-23 -8/48 L/U 108 30 78 0.5 1.8 -2.4

Tampa Bay  Last 10

  Yards Per Play
Date vs Score Line ATS Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
12/10/17 DET L 21-24 PK/47.5 L/U -34 80 -114 -0.9 1.8 -1.6
12/3/17 @ GB L 20-26 3/45 L/O 119 -34 153 0.5 -2.1 3.7
11/26/17 @ ATL L 20-34 10.5/47 L/O -143 -54 -89 -2.5 -1.2 -3.9
11/19/17 @ MIA W 30-20 -1/44 W/O -127 -30 -97 -2.3 -2.2 -1.9
11/12/17 NYJ W 15-10 -1/44.5 W/U -4 34 -38 -0.6 -0.0 -0.3
11/5/17 @ NO L 10-30 7/54 L/U -207 -64 -143 -3.1 -1.2 -5.4
10/29/17 CAR L 3-17 -1.5/46 L/U 25 -15 40 0.6 0.6 0.3
10/22/17 @ BUF L 27-30 3/46.5 P/O 13 -104 117 -0.1 -2.5 0.7
10/15/17 @ ARI L 33-38 -2.5/46.5 L/O -18 -90 72 -0.9 -1.1 -4.2
10/5/17 NE L 14-19 3.5/54.5 L/U 7 -23 30 -0.2 -0.4 -0.3

 

 

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