Atlanta Falcons vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers picks, predictions: Who wins NFL Week 2 game?

Jeremy Cluff
Arizona Republic

The Atlanta Falcons and Tampa Bay Buccaneers face off on Sunday in a Week 2 NFL game.

Which team will get the victory?

Check out these NFL Week 2 picks and predictions for the game, which can be seen at 1:05 p.m. MST time on Fox.

The Buccaneers are a 12.5-point favorite in the game.

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Pro Football Network: Buccaneers 35, Falcons 17

Ben Rolfe writes: "Speaking of potential bloodbaths, we have a rested Buccaneers team facing a frankly awful-looking Falcons roster. Much will be made of the Brady Super Bowl comeback during the broadcast, but it would be astounding if the Buccaneers do not lead this one from start to finish."

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Sportsbookwire: Buccaneers have had Falcons number as of late

Geoff Clark writes: "The Buccaneers defeated the Falcons in both meetings last season (1-1 against the spread) with Brady torching Atlanta in each game. Brady had a 6-TD-to-1-INT ratio with a 66.3% completion rate, 394.5 passing yards per game and a 114.0 QB rating in the two contests. To his credit, Falcons QB Matt Ryan also balled out in those games as well. Ryan had a 5-TD-to-0-INT ratio with a 67.7% completion rate, 310.5 passing yards per game and a 104.3 QB rating, but Atlanta’s defense got destroyed by Tampa’s aerial attack."

Sportsnaut: Buccaneers 52, Falcons 37

Matt Fitzgerald writes: "This Falcons defense isn’t going to travel well to Tampa Bay. Just too many holes, and the Bucs are too talented of a pass-catching group to not absolutely stick it to their NFC South rivals at Raymond James Stadium."

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Fansided: Falcons will cover against Buccaneers in Week 2

Thomas Snodgrass writes: "The Falcons looked bad on Sunday, but I believe that low quality of play, especially from their offense, is unsustainably bad. There is too much talent on this team to be putting up six points in a game. They should at least positively regress back to the mean. The Bucs have a really great defensive unit, but with some divisional pride on the line, I’ll say Matt Ryan and the Dirty Birds, make this a closer, dirty game. I’ll take the Falcons at +13.5."

Sportsnaut: Buccaneers 35, Falcons 26

Vincent Frank writes: "Tom Brady threw for nearly 800 yards with six touchdowns against one interception in two games against the Falcons a season ago. He’s been a perennial thorn in the side of this organization since Super Bowl LI. Is there any reason to believe this is going to change in 2021?"

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Fansided: Buccaneers 35, Falcons 17

Nick Halden writes: "Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Bucs are loaded yet again this season. Bringing everyone back from a Super Bowl roster that dominated the invincible Kansas City Chiefs.  For Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons, this is a severe mismatch when it comes to depth and talent. While Calvin Ridley is certainly one of the best receivers in the League it is hard to see any other starter on this Tampa offense who could be replaced by an Atlanta player. They are simply better and deeper in every position. Atlanta’s lone hope in both games against the Bucs is a familiar one. Hoping Matt Ryan can find a way to play a perfect game and outgun Tom Brady and his stable of receivers. Unfortunately for Atlanta that isn’t going to happen against a roster simply too talented for Atlanta to beat at this point in the season."

ESPN: Buccaneers have an 80% chance to win

The site's Football Power Index gives the Falcons a 19.8% chance to pick up the victory.

FiveThirtyEight.com: Buccaneers have an 85% win probability

The site gives the Falcons a 15% win probability in the game.

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