Falcons vs. Buccaneers odds: Atlanta’s the favorite at home
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in Week 6 Atlanta’s on quite a run Calvin Ridley Jersey Limited , and not the good kind. It says a lot about the perception of both the Falcons and the Buccaneers that they’re still favored to win this week, by however small a margin. The Falcons are a field goal favorite against Tampa Bay, a 2-2 team with one impressive win (48-40 over the Saints in Week 1), one increasingly less impressive win (27-21 against the Eagles in Week 2), one narrow loss (30-27 against the Steelers in Week 3) and one absolute beatdown (48-10 by the Bears in Week 4). They’re fresh off a bye, but they remain one of the NFL’s true enigmas http://www.atlantafalconsteamonline.com/calvin-ridley-jersey , even in this weird year.Is this a Bucs team that has turned the corner but still has major problems on defense, or are they a pretender who rode two hot weeks from Ryan Fitzpatrick into a solid start to the season? We don’t know the answer to that—though I’d guess the latter—but this game against Atlanta ought to help clarify things. One thing is evident: The way Jameis Winston has played against this team before, and Tampa Bay’s defensive weakness, means that this turning into anything but a shootout or an Atlanta blowout means big trouble for the Falcons. We’ll see if they can finally start to right the ship now that they’re 1-4. After a report last week indicated that running back Devonta Freeman would miss 2-4 weeks with a knee injury, Falcons head coach Dan Quinn offered a rebuttal that referred to Freeman as day to day.It’s looking like that original timeline might have been on the money, however. Freeman has missed the last two games after getting hurt in the season opener and he’s not ready to get back to a full workload as this week’s practices get underway.Quinn said on 92.9 The Game Wednesday that Freeman is “getting closer” and will participate in “some of the walkthroughs” as the team starts preparing to face the Bengals in Week Four. There will be two more practice days Authentic Julio Jones Jersey , but the trajectory would suggest that Week Five may be a more realistic return date.That also seems to be the case for defensive end Derrick Shelby, who is in the same category as Freeman in terms of workload. Quinn said defensive end Takk McKinley is set to get in some work during practice, so he may make it back to the lineup ahead of the other two players.