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Atlanta vs Tampa Bay: NFC South Rivals Clash on NFL Thursday Night Football

National Football League Week 3 action opens with a rivalry battle as Tampa Bay heads to Atlanta for a clash featuring a pair of NFC South teams. The Falcons are coming off a loss on the road in Cincinnati while the Buccaneers remain winless after dropping two straight home games. Kickoff is slated for 8:25 PM ET on September 18, 2014, from the always raucous Georgia Dome in Atlanta, GA. We like the Falcons to bust up the Bucs.

Atlanta Falcons: Look to move past bashing by the Bengals

Rock solid at home – dreadful on the road. That’s been the mantra for QB Matt Ryan and the Falcons. Following their 24-10 Week 2 loss to the Bengals, Atlanta is now just 1-8 over their last nine road games. The Falcons are back in their nest tonight and that’s a good thing as Ryan & Crew sport a 36-10 record in games played at the Georgia Dome. Though the Falcons defense has to be an overall concern, after they were lit up for 472 yards by the Bengals, they get a break here as the Buccaneers don’t bring much of an offense into this contest tonight.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: In a deep hole after back-to-back home loses

Thought it’s only Week 3 of the 2014 NFL season, Tampa Bay has already dug themselves a deep hole as the Buccaneers have dropped two straight home games. The Bucs now face three straight road matches, versus the Falcons, Steelers and Saints, and an 0-5 start would not certainly not surprise us. Piloted by QB Josh McCown on offense, and missing their top RB Doug Martain due to a knee injury, Tampa Bay will have trouble keeping up with the high tempo Atlanta offense – which usually excels at home. Missing All Pro tackle Gerald McCoy (hand) and middle linebacker Mason Foster (shoulder) on defense further complicates things for the Yuckaneers.

NFL Week 3 Prediction: Though not thrilled getting soaked by added juice, we like Atlanta and their hook under a touchdown price posted at the SportsInteraction online sportsbook. We will wager 500 units the Falcons to soar past by the Buccaneers by a predicted final score of 24-13 in this NFL Thursday Night Football fight.

Falcons vs Buccaneers – SportsInteraction NFL Week 3 Wagering Prices

Atlanta Falcons vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers - SportsInteraction NFL Week 3 Betting Lines

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