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A look ahead: Bucs vs. Falcons

Coming off their first victory of the season, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers play host to the struggling Atlanta Falcons on Sunday at Raymond James Stadium. Here's a look at the matchup:

RECORDS: Buccaneers 1-8. Falcons 2-7.

ALL-TIME SERIES: Tied, 20-20

BUCS HOME RECORD vs. FALCONS: 12-9

LAST GAME: The Bucs fell behind 14-0 at the Georgia Dome Oct. 20 and dropped a 31-23 decision to plunge to 0-6. Falcons WR Harry Douglas enjoyed a career day while stepping up in the absence of injured Julio Jones and Roddy White, catching seven passes for 149 yards, including a 37-yard strike from Matt Ryan that put Atlanta ahead 24-7. Ryan threw for 273 yards and three scores, hitting RB Jacquizz Rodgers twice for TDs. Tampa Bay couldn't overcome 11 penalties and a costly early turnover as Falcons safety Thomas DeCoud scooped up a fumble by rookie QB Mike Glennon and scored from 30 yards out. Glennon settled down to throw for 256 yards and two TDs, both to Vincent Jackson, who was targeted 22 times and finished with 10 receptions for 138 yards.

NEED TO KNOW: The Falcons have been hit hard by injuries during their disastrous start. The defending NFC South champions have no credible ground game, forcing Ryan to average 41 pass attempts. Six of Ryan's 10 interceptions have come in the fourth quarter and Atlanta's defense has been awful on third down, yielding a success rate of 47.5 percent. After finishing plus-13 in turnover ratio last season, the Falcons have been atypically sloppy in 2013.

Tampa Bay's 15-0 lead against Miami evaporated Monday night before the Bucs rallied for their initial win of the season, posting their first home victory in exactly one year. The offensive line opened up consistent holes for a depleted backfield and the Bucs set a franchise record by allowing only two rushing yards. One key area that needs improvement is offensive production in the third quarter, where Tampa Bay has scored only 10 points all season.

COMPARISON

BUCS

FALCONS

Total Offense

31st (299.8 ypg)

14th (339.4 ypg)

Rushing Offense

14th (111.1 ypg)

32nd (64.3 ypg)

Passing Offense

30th (188.7 ypg)

6th (275.1 ypg)

Total Defense

14th (333.0 ypg)

25th (378.8 ypg)

Rushing Defense

5th (95.8 ypg)

27th (126.8 ypg)

Passing Defense

14th (237.2 ypg)

25th (252.0 ypg)

Points Scored

31st (16.2 ppg)

23rd (20.7 ppg)

Points Allowed

t14th (23.2 ppg)

29th (27.9 ppg)

Sacks

t26th (19.0)

t26th (19.0)

Sacks Allowed

t10th (22.0)

t4th (16.0)

Turnover Margin

t12th (+2)

28th (-8)

TEAM LEADERS

BUCS

FALCONS

Rushing Yards

Martin (456)

Rodgers (251)

Pass Rating

Glennon (81.8)

Ryan (91.0)

Receptions

Jackson (46)

Gonzalez (47)

Receiving Yards

Jackson (662)

Douglas (620)

Sacks

David (5.0)

Umenyiora (4.5)

Interceptions

Barron, Revis (2)

Alford (2)

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