Atlanta Falcons vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Preview and Predictions 12-29-2019

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Jameis Winston could be playing his final game in a Tampa Bay uniform when the Buccaneers host the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday. Winston, who is dealing with a tiny fracture in his throwing hand, will become the first player in NFL history to compile for 30 touchdowns and 30 interceptions in a season if he is picked off twice after throwing four in last week's 23-20 loss to Houston.

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Winston leads the league with a career-high 4,908 passing yards and his 31 TD passes are second only to MVP favorite Lamar Jackson of Baltimore, but it's been a rollercoaster season playing in coach Bruce Arians' offense for the first time. "The more that you can understand the concepts in and out, the better you can execute the play," Winston told reporters. "Having one year of experience with these concepts, I know further learning the concepts (and growing) the relationships with the coaches ... will definitely increase performance." The Falcons ride a season-high three-game winning streak into the season finale after defeating Jacksonville 24-12 behind 384 passing yards from Matt Ryan and two touchdowns by Devonta Freeman. Tampa Bay snapped a five-game series slide with a 35-22 victory at Atlanta in Week 12 behind three touchdown passes by Winston - two to Chris Godwin, who is questionable to play Sunday because of a hamstring injury.

TV: 1 p.m. ET, FOX. LINE: Buccaneers -1 O/U: 48

ABOUT THE FALCONS (6-9): Julio Jones caught 10 passes for 166 yards last week, becoming the sixth player in league history to record at least 15 games with 150 or more receiving yards, and also reached 12,000 yards in 125 games - the fastest in NFL annals (Jerry Rice, 142). Ryan (25 touhdowns, 14 interceptions) is fifth in the league with 4,153 yards as he has his ninth straight 4,000-yard season in the books. Vic Beasley has recorded four of his team-high eight sacks in the last four games.

ABOUT THE BUCCANEERS (7-8): Second-year player Ronald Jones recorded 109 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown last week and needs 83 to reach 1,000. Breshad Perriman, who has four of his five TD receptions this season in the last three weeks, caught seven passes for 102 yards versus Houston. Shaquil Barrett is second in the league with 16.5 sacks and is tied with Warren Sapp for most in a season in club history.


1. Winston and Ryan are the only quarterbacks with 10 or more 300-yard passing games this season.

2. Tampa Bay is third in the league with 29.1 points per game and third-worst at 28.1 allowed.

3. Atlanta gains the third-most passing yards (295.2 per game) while totaling the third-fewest on the ground (84.9).

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Last Injuries

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • Justin Watson

    Prob Sun | probable

    Watson missed the last game due to a shoulder injury, but it is anticipated that he will take the field against the Chargers on Sunday.

  • Sean Murphy-Bunting

    Ques Sun | questionable

    Bunting left the last game due to a hamstring injury, and it is unknown if he will be active Sunday versus the Chargers.

  • Chris Godwin

    Out Sun | out

    Godwin exited the previous game due to a right hamstring injury, and he will not suit up for Sunday's contest versus the Chargers.

  • Leonard Fournette

    Ques Sun | questionable

    Fournette is tending to an unspecified injury, leaving his availability for Sunday's battle against the Chargers hazy.

  • Donovan Smith

    Ques Sun | questionable

    Smith is nursing a knee injury, and it has yet to be determined if he will line up Sunday against the Broncos.

  • Parnell Motley

    Prob Sun | probable

    Motley has missed the past two games with a hamstring injury, but he is projected to be available Sunday against the Broncos.

  • Jason Pierre-Paul

    Prob Sun | probable

    Pierre-Paul is dealing with a knee injury, but it is expected that he will be in Sunday's lineup versus the Broncos.

  • Scotty Miller

    Prob Sun | probable

    Miller has hip and groin injuries, but he is likely to line up for Sunday's matchup versus the Broncos.

Atlanta Falcons

  • Kendall Sheffield

    Ques Mon | questionable

    Sheffield has sat out the previous three games due to a foot injury, and it is unknown if he will suit up Monday versus the Packers.

  • A.J. Terrell

    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Terrell Smith has been designated for the Injured Reserve/COVID-19 list and will be sidelined for an indefinite period.

  • Grady Jarrett

    Ques Mon | questionable

    Jarrett departed the previous game with a hip injury, and it is uncertain if he will line up versus the Packers on Monday.

  • Younghoe Koo

    Out indefinitely | out

    Koo will miss an undetermined length of time due to a groin strain.

  • Julio Jones

    Ques Mon | questionable

    Jones is managing a left hamstring strain and did not play in the previous game. It has yet to be determined if he will take the field against the Packers on Monday.

  • Takkarist McKinley

    Ques Mon | questionable

    McKinley missed the last game due to a groin injury, and it is unknown if he will participate in Monday's matchup against the Packers.

  • Kaleb McGary

    Ques Mon | questionable

    McGary missed the last game due to an MCL sprain, and his availability for Monday's tilt against the Packers is up in the air.

  • Foyesade Oluokun

    Ques Mon | questionable

    Oluokun was held out of the last game with cramping in his hamstring, and it is undetermined if he will be ready for Monday's clash versus the Packers.