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Atlanta Falcons Vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Preview: NFC South Stretch Begins With Bucs

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Of the Atlanta Falcons' five remaining regular season games, four are against NFC South rivals. Ending the year with divisional games is a nice trick the NFL borrowed from college football, and it should turn out well for fans. With no runaway favorites in either conference, several divisional races are going to produce some great drama -- yes, I'm thinking of the NFC West here.

The Birds can put the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in their rearview with a win at The Novelty Boat on Sunday. A three-game lead, plus the head-to-head tiebreaker, would pretty much lock up second place in the South at worst. 

When these teams met in Atlanta on Nov. 7 the Falcons won by only six, their fourth straight win over the Bucs. Last year's game in Tampa was noteworthy for being the game that broke the Falcons' 45-year back-to-back winning seasons drought. Stakes are even higher this time around.


Next Game

Atlanta Falcons
@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Sunday, Dec 5, 2010, 4:15 PM EST
Raymond James Stadium

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Passing

Passing Rushing Sacks
G Rating Comp Att Pct Yds Y/G Y/A TD INT Rush Yds Y/G Avg TD Sack YdsL
Josh Freeman 11 89.3 194 327 59.3 2261 205.5 6.9 15 5 45 263 23.9 5.8 0 18 114
Josh Johnson 5 97.1 11 13 84.6 95 19 7.3 0 0 4 39 7.8 9.8 0 2 8

Rushing

Rushing Receiving
G Rush Yds Y/G Avg Lng TD Rec Yds Y/G Avg Lng TD
Arrelious Benn 9 3 8 .900 2.7 4 0 16 195 21.7 12.2 53 2
LeGarrette Blount 8 114 496 62 4.4 48 4 2 9 1.1 4.5 7 0
Josh Freeman 11 45 263 23.9 5.8 33 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Earnest Graham 6 18 98 16.3 5.4 61 1 11 100 16.7 9.1 46 1
Kareem Huggins 3 4 11 3.7 2.8 7 0 1 7 2.3 7 7 0
Josh Johnson 5 4 39 7.8 9.8 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Kregg Lumpkin 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Preston Parker 5 1 7 1.4 7 7 0 1 4 .800 4 4 0
Carnell Williams 11 108 357 32.5 3.3 45 2 35 267 24.3 7.6 20 1

Receiving

Receiving
G Rec Yds Y/G AVG Lng TD
Arrelious Benn 9 16 195 21.7 12.2 53 2
LeGarrette Blount 8 2 9 1.1 4.5 7 0
John Gilmore 5 7 109 21.8 15.6 30 0
Earnest Graham 6 11 100 16.7 9.1 46 1
Kareem Huggins 3 1 7 2.3 7 7 0
Preston Parker 5 1 4 .800 4 4 0
Ryan Purvis 2 2 17 8.5 8.5 12 0
Micheal Spurlock 11 15 211 19.2 14.1 43 2
Maurice Stovall 3 2 24 8 12 22 0
Sammie Stroughter 7 17 188 26.9 11.1 27 0
Carnell Williams 11 35 267 24.3 7.6 20 1
Mike Williams 11 45 701 63.7 15.6 58 6
Kellen Winslow 11 47 480 43.6 10.2 40 2

Returns

Kickoff Returns Punt Returns
G KR YDS AVG Lng TD PR Yds Avg Lng TD
Elbert Mack 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
Preston Parker 5 9 174 19.3 37 0 0 0 0 0 0
Micheal Spurlock 11 28 713 25.5 89 1 18 120 6.7 23 0
Sammie Stroughter 7 2 54 27 30 0 1 0 0 0 0

Punting

Punting
G Punts Yds AVG Lng In20 TB
Connor Barth 11 1 33 33 33 0 1
Robert Malone 7 34 1380 40.6 61 12 2

Kicking

Field Goals PAT
G 0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ FGM FGA PCT XPM XPA PCT pts
Connor Barth 11 0 - 0 4 - 4 6 - 6 2 - 5 1 - 2 13 17 80.0% 24 24 100.0% 63

Defense

Sacks Interceptions Tackles
G Sacks YdsL Int Yds IntTD Solo Ast Total
Ronde Barber 11 1 1 3 98 0 46 11 57
Michael Bennett 5 1 2 0 0 0 7 0 7
E.J. Biggers 10 0 0 1 0 0 19 2 21
Quincy Black 9 1 11 1 4 0 37 5 42
Tim Crowder 11 3 14 0 0 0 17 6 23
Andrew Economos 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Cody Grimm 11 0 0 2 24 0 38 13 51
Derek Hardman 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
Geno Hayes 11 0 0 1 41 0 51 4 55
Adam Hayward 7 1 3 0 0 0 4 2 6
Tanard Jackson 2 0 0 0 0 0 7 0 7
Sean Jones 10 1 10 0 14 0 35 11 46
Niko Koutouvides 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Myron Lewis 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2
Erik Lorig 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Corey Lynch 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Elbert Mack 3 0 0 0 0 0 7 0 7
Alex Magee 3 1 4 0 0 0 2 1 3
Gerald McCoy 10 3 22 0 0 0 20 6 26
Roy Miller 11 0 0 0 0 0 24 10 34
Kyle Moore 6 0 0 0 0 0 10 8 18
Donald Penn 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sabby Piscitelli 8 0 0 1 31 0 13 0 13
Brian Price 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 3
Barrett Ruud 11 1 8 1 1 0 61 22 83
Aqib Talib 10 0 0 6 91 0 36 1 37
Jeremy Trueblood 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Dekoda Watson 9 0 0 0 0 0 9 0 9
Stylez G. White 11 4.5 29.5 0 0 0 21 8 29
Al Woods 4 .500 2.5 0 0 0 4 2 6
Jerramy Stevens 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Keydrick Vincent 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Chris Bryan 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ryan Sims 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 4


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