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Buccaneers vs. Falcons: TV schedule, notes, and staff picks

Predictions and game info from the 2020 NFL Week 17 capsule.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers v Atlanta Falcons Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Broadcast Info

TV: FOX (1:00PM ET): Chris Myers, Greg Jennings, Jennifer Hale (field reporter) SIRIUS: 137 (Atl), 83 (TB) | XM: 380 (Atl), 225 (TB)

Buccaneers Notes

• TAMPA BAY earned playoff berth for first time since 2007.

• QB TOM BRADY passed for 348 yards & 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 158.3 rating in Week 16, his 3rd-career game with 158.3 rating, the highest attainable mark. Has franchise-record 36 TD passes in 2020 & is 1 of 2 QBs (AARON RODGERS) with 5 career seasons of 35+ TD passes. Has 2,298 pass yards (328.5 per game) & 15 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 110.7 rating in 7 career games vs. Atl., incl. postseason.

• RB RONALD JONES had 116 scrimmage yards (106 rush, 10 rec.) in last home meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with TD. RB LEONARD FOURNETTE has 4 rush TDs in his past 4 & aims for his 3rd in row with rush TD.

• WR MIKE EVANS had 10 catches for 181 yards & 2 TDs in Week 16 & has franchise-record 13 rec. TDs this season. Needs 40 rec. yards to become 1st player in NFL history with 1,000+ rec. yards in each of 1st 7 seasons. Aims for his 6th in row at home vs. Atl. with 5+ receptions & TD catch. WR CHRIS GODWIN has 23 receptions for 390 yards (97.5 per game) & 6 rec. TDs in his past 4 vs. Atl. Aims for his 3rd in row overall & 5th in row vs. Atl. with TD catch. WR ANTONIO BROWN had rec. TD in Week 15 meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Atl. with TD catch. TE ROB GRONKOWSKI had 2 rec. TDs last week, his 17th-career game with 2+ rec. TDs.

• LB LAVONTE DAVID had FF last week. Is only player with 20+ FFs (23) & 10+ INTs (11) since 2013. Has 109 tackles, his 8thcareer 100+ tackle season. LB DEVIN WHITE is 1st player with 140+ tackles (140) & 9+ sacks (9) since 2000.

Falcons Notes

• QB MATT RYAN passed for 300 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 121.1 rating last week, his 69th-career game with 300+ pass yards, 5th-most in NFL history. Ranks 4th in NFL with 4,316 pass yards, his 10th-career 4,000-yard season. Passed for 356 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 110.6 rating in Week 15 meeting. Has 300+ pass yards in 3 of his past 4 at TB.

• RB TODD GURLEY had 50 scrimmage yards (34 rec., 16 rush) last week. Rushed for 85 yards & 2 TDs in his only career game at TB (9/25/16 w/ LAR). Has 5 rush TDs in 4 career games vs. TB. RB BRIAN HILL had 61 scrimmage yards (36 rush, 25 rec.) in Week 16.

• WR JULIO JONES has 114 receptions for 1,841 yards (115.1 per game) & 11 TDs in 16 career games vs. TB. Aims for his 5th in row vs. TB with 5+ receptions. WR CALVIN RIDLEY had 130 rec. yards last week. Has 8 games with 100+ rec. yards in 2020, most in NFL. Had 10 receptions for 163 yards & TD in Week 15 meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. TB with rec. TD. WR RUSSELL GAGE had 5 receptions for 68 yards & TD catch in last meeting. Has 5+ catches in 2 of his past 3 on road. TE HAYDEN HURST had career-high 5th rec. TD of season last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with TD catch.

• LB FOYESADE OLUOKUN had INT in Week 16. Is 1 of 3 (MARCUS PETERS & JASON PIERRE-PAUL) with 4+ FFs (2) & 3+ INTs (2) in 2020. Leads team with career-high 110 tackles. LB DEION JONES had 102 tackles, 4th-career 100+ tackle season. Had 10 tackles & sack in Week 15 meeting. Had INT-TD & FR in last road meeting. S KEANU NEAL had 2nd-career INT in Week 16.

Series History

LEADER: Falcons lead all-time series, 28-26

STREAKS: Buccaneers have won 2 of past 3

LAST GAME: 12/20/20: Buccaneers 31 at Falcons 27

LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/29/19: Falcons 28, Buccaneers 22 (OT

Week 17 Staff Picks

Latest line: Bucs by 7, Over/Under 50

Gil (11-4): Bucs, 24-14

James (10-5): Bucs, 31-20

Evan (13-2): Bucs, 27-26

David (10-5): Bucs, 30-20

Bailey (11-4): Bucs, 30-24

Jason (11-4): Bucs, 42-21