The reigning Super Bowl Champions, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, have a heavy lead in their NFC South division. They enter Week 13 of the NFL regular season 8-3 as they fly to Atlanta to battle their division runner-ups, the 5-6 Atlanta Falcons. The two teams met previously in the year during Week 2, resulting in a 48-25 win for the Bucs. Exemplary performances from Tom Brady, Leonard Fournette, and Mike Evans made the win seem effortless for the Bucs. If the Falcons want to redeem themselves, Matt Ryan will have to increase his accuracy and not repeat a three-interception game against the dominant Bucs defense.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Vs. Atlanta Falcons Player Prop Search Tool
Tom Brady Under 303.5 Passing Yards
Tom Brady has been known as the greatest quarterback of all time. The title is rightfully given due to his incredible record-holding career. He holds the NFL record for most career yards, career-thrown touchdowns, most career wins, and most Super Bowl titles, along with many more. He has thrown over 305 yards in five out of eleven games so far this season. However, most of those yards are in close games or games Brady has lost. Last week, Brady only threw for 226 yards against the Indianapolis Colts. The game was won by the Bucs 38-31. Entering this week against the Falcons, I believe the Bucs are coming in very prepared and should have a more straightforward win as long as they play at their normal stamina. I don’t see the necessity for Brady to throw the ball downfield as much when he has a powerful running back, Leonard Fournette, and is missing receiver Antonio Brown due to a COVID violation. Brady has thrown more interceptions than expected this year, and I suspect the play calls will be more focused on short passes and rushing the ball to ensure ball stability against the Colts.
Leonard Fournette Over 63.5 Rushing Yards
Leonard Fournette has been crushing defenses with his dominant rush ability all season. Last week against the Colts, he had an immense 100 rushing yards in the game. He is averaging 56.5 rush yards per game due to a dry spell he had weeks 8-11, only peaking at 47 rushing yards. However, with Antonio Brown suspended due to a COVID violation and Tom Brady throwing more interceptions this season than expected, I believe the play call will be centered around Fournette. There should not be a need for Brady to look for long passes downfield in a game against the Falcons due to the fact the Falcons have one of the league’s worst rush defenses. There are plenty of opportunities to gain yards using Fournette to make crucial plays and prevent potential lack in Brady’s monumental stats.
Cordarrelle Patterson Under 33.5 Rushing Yards
Cordarrelle Patterson found his groove last week against the Jacksonville Jaguars and found himself a new season-high in rushing yards, amounting to 108 yards. He helped lead his team to victory against the struggling Jaguars. However, it looks unlikely he will be able to pull such a performance again this week. The Buccaneers have the best rush defense in the league and intimidated Patterson last time they met. Earlier this year, in their match-up, Patterson was only able to surmount to 11 rushing yards. Patterson is averaging 41.1 rushing yards per game, but it seems very probable that he will meet his match again the second time around.