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Bucs vs. Falcons: Scouting report

 By Stephen F. Holder, Times Staff Writer
 In Print: Sunday, November 25, 2012




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The Bucs face their biggest test of the season, putting a four-game win streak on the line. The key to this game: Tampa Bay's porous pass defense against league-leading passer Matt Ryan. Can the Bucs limit the damage enough to give their quarterback, Josh Freeman, an opportunity to win?
 
Falcons' top offensive player

 QB Matt Ryan, right, is having a career year, and it's no coincidence the Falcons are flying high. He has thrown for an NFL-high 3,072 yards and 20 touchdowns. His .718 winning percentage since 2008 is third best in the NFL.
 
Falcons' top defensive player

 End John Abraham, left, is having another big year with nine sacks. Key stat: Abraham has just one sack against the Bucs over the past six meetings.
 
What the Falcons do best

 With downfield threats in receivers Roddy White and Julio Jones and tight end Tony Gonzalez, the Falcons throw deep early and often.
 
How you beat the Falcons

 Get them into a shootout. The Saints did that in handing the Falcons their only loss. The Bucs average more points than Atlanta.
 
Bucs must avoid

Turnovers. After playing so soundly in previous weeks, the Bucs had three last week and barely won. That can't happen.
 
Prediction

 Falcons 28, Bucs 24
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