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Buccaneers Have Some Interesting Games Coming Out of the Bye

Saturday, October 15, 2016 14:50
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The Buccaneers sit at 2-3 following their huge Monday night win over the Carolina Panthers, and will get a chance to rest up, hopefully get some players healthy, and watch the rest of the NFL this weekend as they have their bye week.

The team will have a nice stretch of games following the bye that include a three-game home streak against a couple teams they will give them a test in the Oakland Raiders, a high-flying up and coming team in the AFC West, and the Atlanta Falcons, who at this point look like the team to beat in the NFC South.

Here’s a quick glance ahead at the Falcons slate as they will come out of the bye and look to make a serious run at a playoff spot in the NFC with 11 games left in the regular season, and if you should use to bet on their chances.

Sunday October 23rd at San Francisco

The Niners have made a quarterback change, going with Colin Kaepernick over Blaine Gabbert, who has been average at best for a team going nowhere quick. San Fran though is a team that plays better at home, and if the Bucs think they are just going to march to the west coast, throw their helmets on the field and walk out with a win, they had better think again.

With Kaepernick now at the helm of the offense, it should be a little better, and the Bucs will have to make sure to not fall asleep at the wheel in two weeks out west.

Sunday October 30th vs Oakland

The Raiders are one of the youngest and best teams in the AFC, and with Jack Del Rio not being afraid to take chances like going for two for the win in week one against the Saints, Oakland’s confidence level is sky high right now. The Raiders have a solid threesome on offense with Derek Carr, Amari Cooper and Latavius Murray, and the Bucs D will have their work cut out for them in his Halloween affair at Raymond James Stadium.

Oakland’s defense can give up points and a lot of yards, and the Bucs, hopefully a lot healthier by then, should be able to get some things done in what could be an offensive shootout.

Thursday November 3rd vs Atlanta

In a game in the prime time spotlight, the Bucs will host the NFC South leading Falcosn on a Thursday night on CBS and NFL Network on Thursday night football. Julio Jones is having a MVP type season right now for Atlanta, and Matt Ryan is playing better than he has in a long time.

Atlanta coach Dan Quinn was on the hot seat after starting 5-0 last season and not making the postseason, but it looks like he’s turned it around in a big way in 2016, and the team will challenge for a playoff spot in the NFC, if not home field with the way they are playing.

The two teams know each other well, so there should be little in the way of surprises in this weekday showdown.

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