It’s time for the rematch! The Atlanta Falcons are looking to avenge their Week 1 loss against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Nov. 3. Will they win or will history repeat? It’s going to get dirty in the south so don’t miss this edition of ‘Thursday Night Football.’
The 5-2 Atlanta Falcons will travel down past the Florida-Georgia Line to meet the 3-4 Tampa Bay Buccaneers on the Bucs’ home turf of Raymond James Stadium. These NFC South rivals will battle for the division, and the game is set for 8:25 PM ET.
Football fans can catch this game on the NFL Network (which they can locate via here.) The game will also be available via the Verizon NFL Mobile App. The game can also be watched online via NFL Game Pass (but only after midnight.)
When these two squads met in Week 1, it was Jameis Winston, 22, leading the Bucs over the Falcons. So much has changed since then. Following that win, the Bucs dropped three-straight games (to the Arizona Cardinals, St. Louis Rams and Denver Broncos.) They managed to win over the Carolina Panthers and San Francisco 49ers, but fell 30-24 to the Oakland Raiders.
Atlanta, on the other hand, has soared since that Week 1 stumble. Though they dropped a pair of games to the Seattle Seahawks and San Diego Chargers, they beat the Green Bay Packers in a nail-biting 33-32 victory on Oct. 30. The Falcons have been lifted up by Matt Ryan, 31, who is second in the league with passing yards (2,636, per NFL.com).
He also has only thrown 4 interceptions and leads the NFL in touchdown passes with 19. This is a major improvement over his 2016 season. Working with offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, 36, has paid off.
“Sometimes you have to go through the rough patches and go through the adversity to say, alright man, we’re in this together,” Falcons coach Dan Quinn said ahead of the game, per CBS Sports. “That’s the cool part about those two. They totally relied on one another, but you have to go through the difficult process. Now their communication is better than it’s ever been.”
Will it pay off in this game, HollywoodLifers? Do you think Atlanta will avenge their first-week loss or will Tampa Bay managed to beat the Dirty Birds again?