Atlanta Vs Tampa Bay Line & Final Score PredictionNoah Williams
The NFL betting line in Week 9 favors the NFC South leading Atlanta Falcons in Tampa Bay when they try to avenge the opening week loss at home to their division rivals. This night game on a short week takes place at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL on Thursday, November 3rd with an 8:25 PM ET kickoff.
The Falcons have the same record straight up as they do ATS at 5-3 but have not covered 2 of the last 3 games. Tampa Bay matches their records both straight up and ATS at 3-4 in 2016 and have covered the NFL betting line 2 of the last 3 games.
Atlanta Falcons Vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers Line & Final Score Prediction
The opening total on this divisional rivalry in Tampa is 51 with Atlanta coming in as a 3 point visiting favorite by NFL Week 9 betting line.
What: Atlanta Falcons at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
When: Thursday, November 3, 2016
Start Time: 8:25 PM ET
Where: Tampa, FL
Stadium: Raymond James Stadium
Spread: Falcons -3
Moneyline: Falcons -185 Vs Bucs +160
Game Total: 51.5
Stream: NFL Network
Listen: Atlanta vs Tampa Bay
Bet on Atlanta (-3) Because…
The Falcons offense is humming again proving it by beating the Green Bay Packers last week 33-32 with superstar Julio Jones only catching 3 passes for 29 yards. Atlanta is proving they have many other weapons besides Julio for Matt Ryan to throw to, like Mohamed Sanu who caught the winning touchdown with 31 seconds left in the game!
Atlanta’s league-leading offense was also held to 90 yards rushing without Devonta Freeman’s cohort Tevin Coleman, which they won’t need against the Buccaneers lame defense ranked 26th overall in the NFL.
Bet on Tampa Bay (+3) Because…
The Buccaneers have proven they have the Falcons’ number by taking them out the last 3 meetings in a row with Jameis Winston leading them including the season opener on Atlanta’s home field this year.
This Thursday Night NFC South Divisional matchup should also be advantageous for Tampa Bay on a short week sporting the home field advantage. The Falcons 27th rated pass defense should provide plenty of room for the hot Mike Evans to exploit in what may be a record year for the receiver.
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
The early action hasn’t propelled this NFL betting line to move much yet, although the Tampa Bay running back situation may be a factor to watch along with the probable return of DE Dwight Freeney for Atlanta.
The bigger factor is the health of Julio Jones after he got banged up against Green Bay this week. Early reports say he is fine, and I expect him to be as close to 100% as you can expect from an NFL player halfway through the season. The emergence of other Atlanta wide receivers like Mohamed Sanu can only help the Atlanta Falcons offense moving forward against a Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense ranked 23rd against the pass and 26th overall.
Tampa Bay may be ranked 2nd in the NFC South Division and looking to catch the leading Atlanta Falcons at home, but there is too much against them here. Atlanta has put together some nice game plans using their entire talented offense both running and passing this year, and they will not allow the Buccaneers to sweep them for the second year in a row.