Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Atlanta Falcons odds, picks and predictions
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers (8-8) face off against the Atlanta Falcons (6-10) Sunday in a regular-season finale. Kickoff from Mercedes-Benz Stadium is set for 1 p.m. ET (FOX). Below, we analyze Tipico Sportsbook’s lines around the Buccaneers vs. Falcons, and make our expert NFL picks and predictions.
The Buccaneers beat the Carolina Panthers 30-24 last Sunday to cover the spread as 3.5-point home favorites and clinch the NFC South. In their previous 6 games, Tampa Bay is 3-2 straight up but 1-5 against the spread (ATS) and 4-11-1 ATS on the season.
The Falcons edged past the Arizona Cardinals 20-19 last week, failing to cover as 7-point home favorites. They are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games and 8-8 ATS overall — yep, they opened the season 6-0 ATS before the freefall. So, it’s no surprise Atlanta has already been eliminated from playoff contention.
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Buccaneers at Falcons odds
Provided by Tipico Sportsbook; access USA TODAY Sports Scores and Sports Betting Odds hub for a full list. Lines last updated at 4:07 a.m. ET.
Before the season, the Bucs winning the NFC South for a second straight season felt like a foregone conclusion. But as the season went on, that began to feel more and more up in the air. At long last, though, they did wrap up the division last week with a come-from-behind win over the Panthers.
Bucs Hc Todd Bowles
Bucs HC Todd Bowles – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
Now, Tampa Bay heads to Atlanta to wrap up its regular season before the playoffs begin next week. Given that they’re locked into the No. 4 seed no matter what, the Bucs have little to play for in Week 18. Of course, they are looking to win the game to finish above .500. Doing so would ensure that quarterback Tom Brady maintains his spotless track record of finishing above .500 every year. It would also give Todd Bowles’ team a three-game winning streak heading into Wild Card Weekend.
But outside of a 9-8 record and momentum, what else can the Bucs accomplish in their season finale? There are plenty of milestones on the line for a lot of the team’s top guys. Last week, Mike Evans broke 1,000 receiving yards for the ninth straight season, Chris Godwin tied himself for the second-most receptions in a single season in team history and Rachaad White passed Doug Martin for second-most receptions by a Bucs rookie running back.