NFL odds: Falcons vs. Buccaneers Week 2 prediction, odds, pick, and more
Atlanta entered their Week 1 matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles as slight favorites and ended with a 26-point loss. Nothing seemed to go right for the Falcons, so this matchup against Tampa Bay is crucial. It’s unlikely that Atlanta wins this game outright, but a strong performance in a loss can still work wonders for the Falcons’ morale.
The Buccaneers survived a season-opening game against the Dallas Cowboys, so they’ve had extra time to prepare for this game. Tampa Bay looked far from perfect in their opener, but they did enough to notch a win. It’s time to see if the Bucs can clean up their game and stay undefeated.
Here’s how the bookmakers have set the odds for Sunday’s matchup.
NFL Odds: Falcons-Buccaneers Odds
Atlanta Falcons +12 1/2 (-116)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers -12 1/2 (-104)
Over 52 points (-110)
Under 52 points (-110)
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Why The Falcons Can Cover The Spread
Atlanta’s best shot at covering comes in the form of their offense. They performed terribly last week, but this unit is too talented not to put it all together. Matt Ryan is a consistently solid presence at quarterback, and his weapons are some of the best in the league. Calvin Ridley and Russell Gage combine as a formidable 1-2 punch at receiver, and rookie tight end Kyle Pitts is in the mix as well. The running game didn’t look nearly as bad as some people thought it would against the Eagles. This is a talented unit capable of hanging with anyone, even if they didn’t show it in Week 1.
Helping this Falcons offense is the fact that Tampa Bay will be missing a key defender in this matchup. Cornerback Sean Murphy-Bunting was placed on injured reserve because of an elbow injury against the Cowboys. Atlanta has enough weapons to make Murphy-Bunting’s absence significant, just like Dallas did when they picked on backup corner Ross Cockrell in the opener.
Why The Buccaneers Can Cover The Spread
Tampa is obviously one of the most well-rounded teams in the NFL, and they have more talent than the Falcons at almost any position. That talent gap will be apparent on the line of scrimmage, particularly when the Bucs are on defense. The Atlanta offensive line allowed three sacks, seven tackles for loss, and nine quarterback hits to the Eagles. It’s safe to say that Tampa Bay has a more talented front than Philadelphia, so the Buccaneers should easily dominate the line of scrimmage. The Eagles were able to shut down the Falcons offense with pressure on the quarterback, and Tampa Bay should be able to do the same.
While Atlanta may be a talented offensive unit, the same can’t be said for their defense. They are typically one of the worst defensive squads in the NFL, and it looks like this season will be more of the same. The Falcons just allowed 32 points to an Eagles team that doesn’t have much offensive talent. Now they face Tom Brady and one of the best receiving groups in the league. The Bucs should put up plenty of points throughout this game.
Final Falcons-Buccaneers Prediction & Pick
These teams are on completely different levels, and the spread reflects that. The Buccaneers are more likely to cover than the Falcons, but neither is the right pick. The under should cash comfortably in this game. Tampa Bay should dominate on defense, and the Bucs likely take their foot off the gas pedal when they’re on offense late in the game.
FINAL PICK: Under 52 points (-110)