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Buccaneers at Falcons: Predictions and staff picks for Week 14

Which staff member will nail their prediction this week?

Atlanta Falcons v Tampa Bay Buccaneers Photo by Kevin Sabitus/Getty Images

As the Buccaneers get ready to play the Falcons on Sunday, we here at Bucs Nation are ready to drop some predictions for Week 14.

Tampa Bay is currently a 1.5-point underdog via DraftKings Sportsbook. Our staff weighs in with their predictions for the Bucs game and picks for the rest of the NFL’s Week 14 games.


Staff Predictions

Gil Arcia: This ship has sailed

Sorry, but the season is what it is. The previous contest between these two could have been at least a two score victory for Atlanta. They narrowly escaped Carolina, and have been virtually dominated in every other game in between. Desmond Ridder will have a day — 300-plus yards passing, at least three total touchdowns, and around 100 yards rushing.

James Yarcho: Calling On Cade

While the Atlanta Falcons hold a top ten passing defense and top ten scoring defense, they are one of the league’s worst against the tight end. Cade Otton has emerged as a more reliable threat in the passing game since these two teams first met this season and the Bucs are going to use that to their advantage this time around. Mike Evans is going to get his, one would hope Chris Godwin finally becomes a bigger focal point, and Rachaad White is amazingly within reach of a 1,000 yard rushing season - but if the Bucs are going to win, it’ll be because Otton has a career day. Give me Otton to have eight receptions, over 75 yards, and a score in this one.

Mike Kiwak: Bowles bottoms out

The layman might see the Falcons’ 16-13 win over Tampa in Week 7 and think that it was a close game. That’s not really true, as Tampa forced THREE red zone fumbles (two at the 1-yard line). If not for that extreme luck, the Falcons would’ve dominated the contest as Desmond Ridder recorded one of his best passing performances and their run game rumbled for over 150 yards without Bijan Robinson. Bijan is back, the Bucs’ defense is way more banged up, and it’s a home game for the Falcons, which they are 4-2 in this year. Bowles’s defense gets lashed once again and a fork is officially stuck in his tenure as Bucs head coach.

Will Walsh: Battle of backfields

The Falcons are a true running football team. Tampa Bay is a team with head coach who would like to run the football. Atlanta has a depth-filled backfield capable of gashing the Bucs' injury-riddled defense. The Buccaneers have one running back who has shown an ability to make plays and not much behind him. This week's game will be a gritty one and both coaches will try, but whichever coach boasts the better ground attack Sunday will come out victorious.


Week 14 Staff Picks