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Atlanta Falcons vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers takes place on Sunday with the high flying Falcons facing off against their nearest rivals in this all-NFC South match up. This should be an immense game, with the Buccaneers, who are coming off four straight wins, clashing against the best team in their division. Something must give today. The game is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. ET and can be watched online through free live stream (details below).
This top of the table clash in the NFC South should be an intriguing face off of contrasting styles; with the Buccaneers certain to try and smash their way through the Falcons' line with their rush offense, against a Falcons team who love to put the ball in the air, and only run when necessary. Both have been hugely successful at executing their strategies until now, and it will be interesting to see which comes out on top come the end of today's game.
Interestingly there were still more than 7,000 non-premium tickets unsold for this game as of Tuesday, meaning there is the danger of the game being blacked out on TVs in the Tampa area if they remain unsold. However, with such a big game it is unthinkable that the Buccaneers' fans would not come out full strength to support their team today.
Despite their opposite offensive styles the teams have similar total yards per game, with the Falcon boasting an average advance of 382.1 yards per game compared to 369.3 yards per game for the Buccaneers.
Falcons' quarterback Matt Ryan has completed about 50 percent more throws than his counterpart Josh Freeman in the league this season, however, both have thrown nearly two dozen touchdowns. Ryan has 268 completed throws from 397 attempts for 3,072 yards and 20 touchdowns, where as Freeman has 180 completed throws from 319 attempts for 2,505 yards and 21 touchdowns.
Doug Martin has hit 1,000 yards for the Buccaneers this season, and must be a big player today if Tampa Bay are to serve the Falcons only their second defeat of the season. Martin has 197 carries for 1,000 yards and seven touchdowns this season – an average of 5.1 yards per carry.
Meanwhile Roddy White and Julio Jones will have to continue their impressive form for the Falcons. White is Matt Ryan's favorite link up man, receiving 62 throws for 946 yards and four touchdowns. Jones has also featured well with 47 receives for 736 yards and five touchdowns. If the Buccaneers cannot stop them linking up well with Ryan today then the Falcons will come out of this with yet another win.
Atlanta Falcons vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. ET and can be watched online through free live stream by clicking here.