Falcons defense vs. Bucs offense: which group wins?
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By Kyle W McClendon

This is getting tougher and tougher each week. Writing about a defense that really has no hope of performing better unless they get a lot better really quickly. Unfortunately, it looks like this unit is stuck here and the improvements we see from here on will be marginal.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are coming off of a bye week after the Chicago Bears beat them 48-10, and they hope to get back to their 27+ points per game magic this week. Lucky for them, they play the Falcons defense which is giving up just over 30 points a game.

Can Atlanta keep the Bucs offense down for one more week? Let’s take a look.

There is very little desirable play along either units’ line of scrimmage. For Atlanta, struggles rushing the quarterback and getting running backs to the ground have plagued this group all season long. In Tampa, the league’s worst rushing defense and questions at quarterback linger over an incredibly hot start to the season.

Atlanta is incredibly depleted and has struggled mightily thus far this season, but I am going to put some faith in Takkarist McKinley and Vic Beasley getting to a familiar face in Jameis Winston. I don’t think it happens routinely but I do think it happens enough to make him uncomfortable. Donovan Smith and Demar Dotson have been solid in pass protection so far but I think Takk comes out a little pissed off after the performance last week....

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