The Falcons are playing a big one on Monday Night Football in Tampa, and with plenty of playoff ramifications in a win or loss Matt Ryan's Dirty Birds are going to bring their A game.
With Atlanta trying to keep pace with the Saints and Panthers in the NFC South, this is a huge game for the Falcons on Monday in Tampa. This is the kind of game that can make or break the playoffs for you, and I think they know that. The problem is they are on the road, and nothing is guaranteed on the road in this league despite the Falcons’ recent successes. However, that could help Matt Ryan tonight, who has a lot of reasons to throw the football plenty.
The main one is the Bucs' defense, especially in the secondary. While Tampa has only allowed 19 passing touchdowns, it has given up more passing yards than any team in the league. The Bucs have allowed the fifth-most passing attempts at nearly 33 a game, and with a game like this for Ryan I could see him getting 35-plus attempts.
The Falcons have been playing with the lead, but the Bucs have the ability to give them problems in Tampa. The weather could not be more perfect for passing tonight. At 70 degrees with no rain and little to no wind, Ryan and Jameis Winston should be able to throw around the ball. If that’s the case, and the Falcons get into a shootout with the Bucs, Ryan is easily getting 35-40 pass attempts. Four weeks ago against the Bucs, Ryan racked up 317 yards on 35 pass attempts, and I’m looking for a similar effort on Monday Night Football.Free NFL Pick: Over 34½Best Line Offered: Bovada