There is nothing like starting the new season with a divisional matchup. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Atlanta Falcons will renew their NFC South battles right away to start the 2016 season in the Georgia Dome on Sunday. After struggling last season, both teams will be looking to improve their fortunes this year with their talented quarterbacks and solid wide receivers. This has the potential to be a real shootout in Atlanta. Here is a look at the matchup.
The Buccaneers went 6-10 last season but made major improvements with Jameis Winston under center as the season went on. The run game behind Doug Martin was fifth in the NFL last week and the combination of Winston and Martin to go with the height and athletic ability of Mike Evans on the outside makes Tampa Bay a very dangerous team to deal with. The defense has made changes to improve and a win to open the season could lead to a special season for the Buccaneers that may even include a playoff berth.
It was an 8-8 season for the Falcons last year. The team had the best fantasy running back in Devonta Freeman and a catch machine in Julio Jones but couldn’t do any better than the .500 record. Matt Ryan and company need to do better this season and score more points. It wouldn’t hurt to get some more hope out of the defense as well and they could have a great day dealing with Winston. This is a game that could launch the winner into a playoff season while the loser could go back to the drawing board looking for answers heading into Week 2.
What time is the Falcons vs. Buccaneers game?
The Falcons vs. Buccaneers game will begin at 1:00 P.M. EST/12:00 P.M. CST.
What date and channel will the Falcons vs. Buccaneers game be on?
The Falcons vs. Buccaneers game will be played on Sunday, September 11 and can be seen on Fox.