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Buccaneers Falcons Betting Tips – Falcons Need To Stay Healthy Against Bucs

Posted by Tony Bryant on 12/24/2012 4:36:53 PM

The Atlanta Falcons have achieved all they really need to achieve this season. They do not need to beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. They can do so if they want to, but they don't have to.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Atlanta Falcons – Sunday, December 30    

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Why Tampa Bay Will Win

When football betting specialists sit down and scrutinize the two teams playing in this game, they're going to realize that the matchups really don't mean much. The whole nut of this game, the heart of the matter in forming the basis for picking one team over another, is that Atlanta doesn't need to win. The Falcons have locked up the No. 1 seed and home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs after their Saturday night win in Detroit against the Lions. The Falcons are in a position to do what the Indianapolis Colts did a few years ago before the playoffs that led into Super Bowl XLIV.

The Colts treated week 17 as a time in which to rest their starters, get healthy, and prepare in earnest for the playoffs two weeks later. The Falcons should use this as a time to get their starters healthy and to provide some action to their backups so that they know what they have on their hands as they enter the postseason. Football teams need to know that their backups are capable and can perform when called upon. Backup quarterbacks, running backs, receivers, linemen, defensive backs, you name it – Atlanta should basically treat this as a preseason game. Since Tampa Bay cannot make the playoffs, it's not as though the Falcons have to worry about messing up another team's playoff chances.
If Tampa Bay had entered this game with a 9-6 record, everyone else around the league would expect Atlanta to put up a fight. However, with the Bucs not in the running for the postseason, nobody would hold it against the Falcons if they treated this as an exhibition game, which would allow the Bucs to win.

Why Atlanta Will Win

Various online sports betting legal outlets are not going to overthink the issue. They're going to rate the Falcons as a clear favorite because Tampa Bay is simply an inferior team. The Buccaneers could not stop the New Orleans Saints in a recent 41-0 loss, and for the most part, coach Greg Schiano's team has withered in the face of playoff pressure. It can legitimately be argued that even if the Falcons play backups, Tampa Bay has given up the ghost to such an extent that the Buccaneers will listlessly drag through the motions in this game.

If Atlanta backups are on the field, those Falcons will quite possibly be more energized and enthusiastic than the Bucs' starters. Atlanta's lack of motivation on a larger level might not be severe enough for the Falcons to lose, especially at home. Tampa Bay has lost its spark, and in week 17, one cannot expect the Bucs to briefly get it back.

Who Will Win

If Atlanta does indeed treat this as a preseason game, the Buccaneers should win. Tampa Bay knows it has to play for the future. Its young starters will try to prove something to themselves. Take the Bucs here.

NFL Football Betting Pick: Tampa Bay


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