Matchup: Atlanta Falcons (8-6) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (9-5)
Where: Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida
When: Saturday, December 24 at 1:00 p.m. ET
VegasInsider.com Spread: Bucs by 3
TV Announcers: Kenny Albert and Brian Baldinger
Radio: US 103.5, flagship station (103.5 FM, 620 AM)
Radio Announcers: Gene Deckerhoff and Scott Brantley
Last Week: The Atlanta Falcons visited Chicago last Sunday, and the Bears sent the Dirty Birds home with a 16-3 loss. Falcons QB Michael Vick completed 13-of-32 (40.6 percent) of his passes for 122 yards and tossed two interceptions. Atlanta RB Warrick Dunn rushed 17 times for 81 yards while Vick added 35 rushing yards on six carries. Bears QB Kyle Orton completed just 2-of-10 passes before being replaced by QB Rex Grossman, who completed 9-of-16 passes for 93 yards. Bears RB Thomas Jones carried the ball 27 times for 91 yards and scored a touchdown.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers visited New England last Saturday and were downed in embarrassing fashion, 28-0. Patriots QB Tom Brady completed 20-of-31 passes for 258 yards and tossed three touchdowns and no interception. New England WR David Givens caught a team-leading six passes for 137 yards and scored one touchdown. The Patriots defense sacked Bucs QB Chris Simms seven times, and six of those quarterback takedowns were registered by the linebackers. Bucs rookie RB Cadillac Williams rushed 14 times for 23 yards while Simms completed 21-of-34 passes for 155 yards.
Covers.com Injury Report:
Bucs: CB Juran Bolden (calf) and T Kenyatta Walker (shoulder) are probable. TE Anthony Becht (ankle), LB Marquis Cooper (chest) and DT Anthony McFarland (hamstring) are questionable. C Scott Jackson (appendix) is out.
Falcons: DT Antwan Lake (shoulder) and CB Allen Rossum (knee) are questionable. DE Brady Smith (toe) is doubtful.
The Last Time These Two Teams Met: Tampa Bay and Atlanta last clashed on November 20. The Bucs escaped Atlanta with a 30-27 win over the Falcons.
Bucs-Falcons Series: Tampa Bay is 14-10 all-time in the regular season vs. the Atlanta Falcons. The Bucs are 8-5 on the at home vs. the Falcons.
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