Falcons at Buccaneers
Florio’s take: The Creamsicles could deliver the Bucs’ first — and likely only — win against a playoff-caliber team this year. The Falcons have been winning too many close games; it’s time for their luck to run out, if only for a week.
Florio’s pick: Buccaneers 24, Falcons 21.
Rosenthal’s take: The Bucs have yet to beat a team with a winning record. Atlanta is 1-2 in games played outdoors. Both team’s have a lot to prove and a division loss for the Falcons would erode any margin for error in the NFC South. While Josh Freeman is capable of taking over a game, Atlanta’s mistake-free brand of football will find a way to win against a vulnerable Bucs defense.
Rosenthal’s pick: Falcons 31, Bucs 27.