Falcons vs Buccaneers : Neither the Atlanta Falcons nor Tampa Bay Buccaneers have anything to play for other than pride on Sunday as they close out their seasons from central Florida.
NFL Football 2018 Week 17
Falcons vs Buccaneers Live
Date : Sunday, December 30
Start Time : 01:00 PM ET
Falcons vs Buccaneers
With both the Falcons and Bucs finishing well under .500, expect major changes in both organizations. It’s widely expected that not only will Tampa head coach Dirk Koetter be fired, but the front office also could undergo an overhaul. The future of starting quarterback and former No. 1 overall pick Jameis Winston is also up in the air. The Bucs could walk away from his rookie fifth-year option with no financial ramifications should they choose.
Atlanta was a playoff team last year so this was more unexpected. Coach Dan Quinn is reportedly safe, but he could be forcJed to make significant moves to his staff. Few teams have been hit harder by major injuries in 2018 than the Falcons. They were especially gutted on defence, which has been one of the NFL’s worst.
The one time the Falcons showed signs of life this season was a three-game winning streak to get to 4-4. The first of that streak was a 34-29 win over the Bucs. Matt Ryan, who has had a good year, threw for 354 yards and three touchdowns. That was the first game this year Winston started coming off a suspension. He threw for 394 yards and four scores but two picks. Turnovers – and off-field immaturity – have been his problem.