NFL PREVIEW: TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (8-5) AT ATLANTA FALCONS (4-9)
WEEK 15 // SUNDAY, DEC. 20, 2020 // 1:00 PM ET // MERCEDES-BENZ STADIUM // REFEREE: BRAD ROGERS
REGULAR SEASON HISTORY:
LEADER: Falcons lead all-time series, 28-25
STREAKS: Falcons have won 6 of past 7
LAST GAME: 12/29/19: Falcons 28 at Buccaneers 22 (OT)
LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/24/19: Buccaneers 35, Falcons 22
TAMPA BAY NOTES:
QB TOM BRADY had 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 120.9 rating last week. Has 8 seasons with 30+ TD passes, 4th-most in NFL history. Has 1,908 pass yards (318.4 per game) & 13 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 110.7 rating in 6 career starts vs. Atl, incl. postseason. Passed for 466 yards vs. Atl. in SB LI (with NE), 2nd-most pass yards in single Super Bowl. • RB RONALD JONES rushed for 80 yards & TD last week. Rushed for 106 yards in last meeting. Has rush TD in 2 of his past 3 on road. Ranks 4th in NFL with 900 rush yards & can become 1st TB RB with 1,000 rush yards since DOUG MARTIN (2015). • WR MIKE EVANS ranks 4th in NFL with 11 rec. TDs. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with TD catch. Has 60 receptions for 906 yards (82.4 per game) & 8 rec. TDs in 11 career games vs. Atl. WR CHRIS GODWIN has 19 receptions for 354 yards (118 per game) & 5 TDs in his past 3 vs. Atl. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Atl. with 100+ rec. yards & 2+ TD catches. WR ANTONIO BROWN led team with 5 receptions last week. Had 101 rec. yards & 2 TDs in his last game vs. Atl. (10/7/18 w/ Pit.). Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Atl. with 100+ rec. yards. TE ROB GRONKOWSKI had 5th rec. TD of season last week. Aims for his 4th in row on road with TD catch. • LB LAVONTE DAVID had 9 tackles & PD last week. Has 12 TFL in 8 career games at Atl. & aims for his 9th in row at Atl. with TFL. LB DEVIN WHITE has 2 sacks & FR-TD in 2 career games vs. Atl. Is only player with 115+ tackles (118) & 5+ sacks (5) this season. LB JASON PIERRE-PAUL aims for his 3rd in row on road & 3rd in row overall with sack. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Atl. with FF & 5th in row vs. Atl. with sack.
QB MATT RYAN has 54,846 passing yards in his 13-year career & surpassed PEYTON MANNING (54,828) for most yards by player in his 1st 13 seasons in NFL history. Has 18 TDs vs. 4 INTs for 106.2 rating in 12 career home starts vs. TB. Needs 340 pass yards to become 2nd QB in NFL history (DREW BREES) with 10 straight seasons with 4,000+ pass yards. • RB TODD GURLEY has 5 rush TDs in 3 career games vs. TB. Aims for his 4th in row vs. TB with rush TD. Has 6 rush TDs in 6 home games this season. Since 2015, leads NFL in scrimmage TDs (79) & ranks 2nd in scrimmage yards (8,237). RB ITO SMITH had rush TD in only career game vs. TB (10/14/18). • WR JULIO JONES has 114 receptions for 1,841 yards (115.1 per game) & 11 TDs in 16 career games vs. TB. Has 90+ rec. yards in 4 of his past 5 at home. Aims for his 10th in row at home with 5+ receptions. WR CALVIN RIDLEY had 8 receptions for 124 yards & TD last week. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. TB with TD catch. Has career-high 1,029 rec. yards in 2020, his 1st-career 1,000-yard season. WR RUSSELL GAGE had 5 receptions for 82 yards & threw 39-yard TD pass last week, his 1st-career pass TD. Has career highs in receptions (54) & rec. yards (604) this season. • LB DEION JONES had 3rd-career FF last week. Had INT-TD in OT in last meeting. Since 2016, leads LBs in defensive TDs (5) & ranks 2nd in PD (38). LB FOYESADE OLUOKUN is 1 of 2 LBs (JASON PIERRE-PAUL) with 4+ FFs (4) & 3+ sacks (3) in 2020. Rookie CB A.J. TERRELL led team with career-high 13 tackles & had FF last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with FF.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (1:00 PM ET): TBD SIRIUS: 82 (TB), 137 (Atl) | XM: 380 (TB), 227 (Atl)