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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Vs. Atlanta Falcons: The Numbers Game, A Falcons-Bucs Stats-apalooza

Welcome to the pre-game quick hit stats-apalooza. Enjoy.

FANTASY ALERT: Matt Ryan is 3-1 against the Buccaneers but he's thrown six interceptions versus only two touchdowns in those contests. The Buccaneers lead the NFL with 14 interceptions this season, led by Aqib Talib with 5. Ryan is averaging only 150 passing yards in four games against the Bucs so you may want to find a better option this week, especially if your league dings you for turnovers.

Falcons Vs. Buccaneers

Their Week 9 meeting will be 34th meeting between the Falcons and Buccaneers. The Falcons trail the series 15-18 but have won three in a row since Dec. 2008. This is the seventh time in eight games the Falcons are playing a team that leads the lifetime series against them.

The Falcons record against the Buccaneers (by decade):

  • 2000s ...6-10
  • 1990s ...4-4
  • 1980s ...2-3
  • 1970s ...2-1
  • 1960s ...0-0

Average Score in all 33 meetings:

  • Falcons 17.2
  • Buccaneers 20.6

Average Yards:

  • Falcons 296.2
  • Buccaneers 306.2

Most Points Scored:

Falcons 43, Nov. 17, 1991

Highlight: Chris Miller found Andre Rison for three consecutive touchdowns during a 33-point second quarter as the Falcons rolled to a 43-7 victory.

Buccaneers 48, Sept. 13, 1987


Fewest Points Scored:

Falcons 0, Dec. 5, 2004

Buccaneers 0, Nov. 27, 1977

Longest Streak:

  • Falcons have won 3 in a row currently starting in 2008.
  • Buccaneers won 6 in a row between 1997 and 2003.

Coaches:

The Buccaneers' Raheem Morris is 8-15 as a head coach. He is 1-0 in Week 9 games lifetime.

Mike Smith is 25-15 as Falcons head coach and is 2-0 in Week 9 games.

Best Individual Performances Against the Buccaneers:

  • Passing: Wade Wilson, 324 yards, 1992
  • Rushing: Michael Turner, 152 yards, 2008
  • Receiving: Andre Rison, 147 yards, 1993
  • Sacks: John Abraham, 3, 2008

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.