MATCHUP: Atlanta Falcons (9-2) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-4)
WHERE: Raymond James Stadium
WHEN: Sunday Dec. 5, 2010 at 4:15 p.m. ET
TV ANNOUNCERS: Dick Stockton and Charles Davis
RADIO: US 103.5, flagship station (103.5 FM, 620 AM)
RADIO ANNOUNCERS: Gene Deckerhoff and Dave Moore
THIS SEASON: The Atlanta Falcons have the best record in the NFC at 9-2. The Falcons have been consistent all season and have beaten some of the top teams in the NFL. Atlanta has wins over the New Orleans Saints, Green Bay Packers, and Baltimore Ravens. The Falcons first loss came in Week 1 on the road in a close contest with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Their other loss was at the hands of the Philadelphia Eagles on the road.
The Buccaneers started the 2010 season with a come from behind victory over the Cleveland Browns 17-14, and beat the Panthers 20-7 in Carolina in Week 2. Tampa Bay was beaten badly in Week 3 at home falling to the Pittsburgh Steelers 38-13. The Bucs had another come from behind victory with a 24-21 win over the Cincinnati Bengals. Tampa Bay was beaten at home by the New Orleans Saints 31-6, but followed up the loss with a last minute comeback 18-17 win over the St. Louis Rams. The Bucs recorded another fourth quarter comeback in their 38-35 road win against the Arizona Cardinals. The Buccaneers lost to the Falcons 27-21 in Atlanta. Tampa Bay beat the Panthers at home 31-16. The Bucs dominated the San Francisco 49ers and won 21-0. Last week Tampa Bay lost on the road to the Baltimore Ravens 17-10.
LAST SEASON: Atlanta finished second in the NFC South with a 9-7 record. It was the first time in franchise history that the Falcons had a winning record in back-to-back seasons.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers produced a 3-13 regular season record in their first season under head coach Raheem Morris and general manager Mark Dominik. The Bucs were quiet in the free agency, but upgraded their roster with a strong draft. The Bucs took two defensive tackles with their top two picks. With the third-overall pick the Bucs took Gerald McCoy and used their second-round pick on Brian Price. Wide receivers Arrelious Benn and Mike Williams were taken in the second and fourth round respectively.
THE LAST TIME THESE TEAMS MET: The last time they played was in Week 9 on Nov. 7 at Atlanta with the Falcons winning 27-21.
BUCS-FALCONS SERIES: The Bucs lead the all-time series 18-16 over the Falcons.