Falcons Favored by Masses and NFL Odds vs. Buccanneers

Steven Suarez

Monday, September 15, 2014 1:58 PM GMT

The Buccaneers are still searching for their first win of the season. Will it come Week 3 in Atlanta? Thursday Night Football arrives in style, with the NFL betting odds show the Falcons as the clear-cut favorites.

**U P D A T E***
There hasn't been much NFL betting odds movement over the last few days.

That being said, there's still a wide range of spreads available at the various sportsbooks. Some sites have a line of 5.5, while some are offering a spread of seven. 

All things considered, Atlanta is relatively healthy heading into tonight's game. Julio Jones is probable, while Roddy White is likely to suit up too even though he's currently listed as questionable.

For Tampa Bay, there are more worrying concerns. Doug Martin has been able to get in some limited practice time, but he's still considered a game-time decision to play. On the defensive side of the ball, linebacker Mason Foster is out, while both Gerald McCoy and Michael Johnson are questionable. William Gholston is considered probable, which is a boost.

In preparing to make our final ATS picks recommendation, we're angling towards a play on the at-home Falcons, who will be looking to bounce back after a bad loss in Cincinnati last week.

Meanwhile, Tampa Bay hasn't looked convincing at all, so we're going to add Atlanta to our free picks in this spot.

NFL Pick: Falcons -5.5

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Already there's been a shift in the betting lines.

**O R I G I N A L ***

The opening spread saw Atlanta favored by 5.5, but now sportsbooks, like 5Dimes, have NFL odds ranging from six to as high as seven. Clearly the public is liking the look of the Falcons in this situation, as they try to bounce back from a bad loss Week 2.

A total of 45 points has been put on the board, and we'll have to see what kind of changes take place to that number early this week.

Atlanta Falcons in 2014-15 Regular Season: 1-1 SU, 1-1 ATS, -5.5 margin of victory

Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2014-15 Regular Season: 0-2 SU, 0-2 ATS, -4.0 margin of victory

The Falcons grabbed a great win Week 1 at home to New Orleans, but the wheels came off last Sunday in a loss in Cincinnati.

It was a dominant display from the Bengals from start to finish, en route to a 24-10 victory over Matt Ryan and company, who totaled only 309 yards of offense in the defeat.

Ryan was 24-of-44 for 231 yards with one touchdown, but he was picked off three times. Julio Jones led the way with seven catches for 88 yards and a score, but Roddy White (five catches for 42 yards) was quiet. As was the run game, as Steven Jackson finished with just 46 yards on 11 rushes.

We'll have to see if Atlanta can find more success offensively back at home against the Buccaneers, who lost at home for the second straight week.

Tampa Bay lost 19-17 as four-point favorites, putting the Buccaneers at 0-2 ATS for the season. They finished with 332 total yards of offense, and found it difficult to get much going against a solid St. Louis defense. Josh McCown had 179 passing yards and was held without a touchdown, while also getting picked off. One of the few positives was the performance of Bo Rainey, who came in for the injured Doug Martin to post 22 carries for 144 yards (and three catches for 30 yards) in the loss.

So, after both Tampa Bay and Atlanta were held in check offensively, which team will find more success Week 3?

For now, the Falcons appear to be the favorite play of the masses, and it's hard not to agree after seeing quite a bit of ineptitude from Tampa Bay. That being said, we'll have a better read of where to go with your NFL picks come Thursday morning.

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