Saturday, November 16, 2013
By Pat Yasinskas
Three things to watch in Sunday's game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Atlanta Falcons:
Tampa Bay's running game. The Bucs are a run-first team. That's not going to change with running backs Doug Martin and Mike James lost for the season. The Bucs simply will plug in Brian Leonard and Bobby Rainey. There might be some drop-off in talent. But the offensive line, which has played very well lately, should be able to compensate for that.
Vincent Jackson. The veteran wide receiver has been held to 10 catches over the past three games and the Bucs want the ball in his hands more often. The good news is that Jackson had his biggest game of the season in the last meeting with Atlanta, catching 10 passes for 138 yards and two touchdowns.
Steven Jackson and Roddy White. The Atlanta running back and wide receiver sat out the previous meeting with injuries. They're back now and that should open new dimensions for the Atlanta offense. The Tampa Bay defense has been very good against the run. But the pass defense could be an issue. White and Harry Douglas, who had 149 receiving yards in the previous meeting, have the ability to make plays down the field.