NFL Betting Preview: Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Atlanta Falcons – Sunday, October 14, 2018
Matchup at a Glance
Where: Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia
When: Sunday, October 14th at 1:00 PM ET
Spread: Atlanta Falcons -3
Quick Pick: Over 57 for 2 units
The Atlanta Falcons enter this game with a record of 1-4 after beating the Carolina Panthers in week 2 the Atlanta Falcons have lost three games in a row including last week’s loss against the Pittsburgh Steelers by a score of 17-41.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers enter this game with a record of 2-2 after winning their first two games of the season the Buccaneers are in the midst of a two-game losing streak including a week 4 loss to the Chicago Bears by a score of 10-48.
Let’s take a closer look at these two teams and we’ll start with the underdog Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Buccaneers are 2-2 overall and 2-2 ATS. Jameis Winston’s suspension is now over and he will start for the Buccaneers this week coming off of their bye week last week. Tampa Bay is 2-2 ATS overall, 0-1 ATS after a loss, 1-1 ATS on the road and 2-1 ATS as an underdog.
Ryan Fitzpatrick leads the team in passing with 1,356 yards for 11 touchdowns and 5 interceptions. Peyton Barber leads the team in rushing with 148 yards and no touchdowns. Mike Evans leads the team in receiving with 29 receptions for 426 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Tampa Bay is averaging 28 points per game which ranks 6th in the NFL. They are averaging 69.5 rushing yards per game which ranks 30th in the NFL. They are averaging 363.25 passing yards per game which ranks 1st in the NFL.
The Buccaneers are allowing 34.75 points per game which ranks 32nd in the NFL. They are allowing 87.75 rushing yards per game which ranks 4th in the NFL. They are allowing 358 passing yards per game which ranks 32nd in the NFL.
The Falcons are 1-4 overall and 1-4 ATS. The Falcons have looked explosive on offense for the majority of the season, but due to injuries, the defense has become one of the worst in the NFL. Atlanta is 1-4 ATS overall, 1-2 ATS after a loss, 1-2 ATS at home and 1-2 ATS as a favorite.
Matt Ryan leads the team in passing with 1,601 yards for 11 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. Tevin Coleman leads the team in rushing with 225 yards and a touchdown. Julio Jones leads the team in receiving with 34 receptions for 564 yards.
Atlanta is averaging 26.6 points per game which ranks 10th in the NFL. They are averaging 89.2 rushing yards per game which ranks 26th in the NFL. They are averaging 304.2 passing yards per game which ranks 9th in the NFL.
The Falcons are allowing 32.6 points per game which ranks 31st in the NFL. They are allowing 121.4 rushing yards per game which ranks 25th in the NFL. They are allowing 277.2 passing yards per game which ranks 23rd in the NFL.
Atlanta wins in a shootout
Both offenses have been explosive this season with the Buccaneers ranking 6th and the Falcons ranking 10th in scoring in the NFL. They also have two of the top passing offenses with the Buccaneers ranking 1st and the 9th in passing yards per game. They also have one of the worst passing defenses in the NFL with Tampa Bay ranking 32nd and Atlanta ranking 23rd in passing yards allowed per game. All of these reasons lead to our pick of the over in this game. Make sure to bet this match-up on BetDSI.