After dropping two close, low-scoring decisions to teams they likely should have beaten, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers head to Atlanta for a nationally televised Thursday evening clash with the Falcons. The last time the two teams met the Bucs came out on top, winning a shootout, 41-28, but with a run-based offensive scheme under head coach Lovie Smith, things could be different this time around.
In addressing the media on Tuesday, Smith said he expects the Bucs to steal one on the road against a division rival to make up for the home loss to the Carolina Panthers.
“As much as anything, we want our players fresh; want them to know what they’re doing,” Smith said. “(We’re) excited about playing in front of a national TV audience, which is good. We haven’t played our best ball. Here’s a chance for a lot of people to kind of go and just look at what they see from us. So we need to play well. We lost a division home game and we need to steal one.”