The Tampa Bay Buccaneers take on the Atlanta Falcons for the first time this year on Sunday. They head to Atlanta to play in the Georgia Dome, where FOX will televise the game. The Bucs are seven-point underdogs, which is surprisingly mild for a team that's won just two games this year heading on the road to play the 6-1 Falcons.
While the Bucs have struggled to win games this year and the Falcons have been dominant, this doesn't need to be a blowout loss for Tampa Bay. The Falcons have struggled to win games in recent games, with their offense stalling and them losing to the Saints two weeks ago. Meanwhile, the Bucs are getting better every week -- despite losing last week. Jameis Winston is increasingly looking like he deserved to be picked number one overall, though the Tampa Bay defense seems to be finding new ways to lose every week.
Injuries are likely to have a large impact on this game. It's almost certain that Vincent Jackson will not suit up after suffering a knee injury last week, but the Bucs may see Austin Seferian-Jenkins play for the first time since week two. For their part, the Falcons will be missing receiver Leonard Hankerson and safety William Moore. Hankerson has emerged as the team's number two receiver ahead of Roddy White this year, so his absence could be very significant.
Here's everything you need to know to watch Sunday's game.
Nuts and bolts
Game time: Sunday, November 1, 1:00 p.m. ET
Location: Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia
TV Channel: FOX (Do I get the game?)
Radio: 620 WDAE and 103.5 WFUS
Online stream: NFL Game Pass (live audio, video replay after the game)
Odds: Falcons by seven
Enemy blog: The Falcoholic
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2015 Buccaneers schedule
Week 1: Sunday, Sept. 13, 4:25 p.m. - Tennessee Titans L: 42-14
Week 2: Sunday, Sept. 20, 1:00 p.m. - at New Orleans Saints W: 26-19
Week 3: Sunday, Sept. 27, 1:00 p.m. - at Houston Texans L: 19-9
Week 4: Sunday, Oct. 4, 1:00 p.m. - Carolina Panthers L: 37-23
Week 5: Sunday, Oct. 11, 1:00 p.m. - Jacksonville Jaguars W: 38-31
Week 6: Bye week
Week 7: Sunday, Oct. 25, 1:00 p.m - at Washington L: 31-30
Week 8: Sunday, Nov. 1, 1:00 p.m. - at Atlanta Falcons (21-22)
Week 9: Sunday, Nov. 8, 4:05 p.m. - New York Giants (6-12)
Week 10: Sunday, Nov. 15, 1:00 p.m. - Dallas Cowboys (3-11)
Week 11: Sunday, Nov. 22, 1:00 p.m. - at Philadelphia Eagles (5-8)
Week 12: Sunday, Nov. 29, 1:00 p.m. - at Indianapolis Colts (5-7)
Week 13: Sunday, Dec. 6, 1:00 p.m. - Atlanta Falcons (21-22)
Week 14: Sunday, Dec. 13, 1:00 p.m. - New Orleans Saints (17-29)
Week 15: Thursday, Dec. 17, 8:25 p.m. - at St. Louis Rams (8-12)
Week 16: Sunday, Dec. 27, 1:00 p.m. - Chicago Bears (18-37)
Week 17: Sunday, Jan. 3, 1:00 p.m. - at Carolina Panthers (11-18)