The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Atlanta Falcons seem to be two teams moving in different directions. Both teams are members of the South Division of the National Football Conference (NFC). But the Falcons sport a Won-Loss record of 6-1 and sit just one- half- game behind the division-leading Carolina Panthers, a team that has won six games without a loss.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have manages to win just two of six games and find themselves in last place in the division. But won-loss records can sometimes be deceiving. The Falcons, under the leadership of franchise quarterback Matt Ryan have certainly won lots of games so far, but many of their victories could easily have been defeats.
The harsh reality about this team is that its play has been mostly uninspired and that it has had to rely on some “late game magic” or good fortune to get some of its victories. Of course, in professional sports it really doesn’t matter how you win. It only matters that you win.
But “winning ugly” can sometimes be a lot like a “house of cards.” The winning can stop suddenly and turn into a shocking and unexpected losing streak. It may not happen for the Falcons because they have good personnel on both sides of the ball including Devonta Freeman who seemed to come out of nowhere and is demolishing defenses.
But close games can go either way and this squad with the gaudy Won-Loss record seems primed for some disappointment on the gridiron.
Tampa Bay, a young team with a first year franchise quarterback, Jameis Winston, can easily “spring a surprise” on its more experienced host. Although “the Bucs” have lost two-thirds of their games so far, this team’s performances in its most recent games have improved.
It seems as if Jameis Winston is becoming more comfortable taking snaps and is showing more leadership. Superior performances from quarterbacks always lead to victories in the National Football League (NFL). And if Jameis Winston produces another strong effort this Sunday, his upstart team may find itself flying home to Florida with an upset victory under its collective belt.
It can happen and probably will happen if the Atlanta Falcons continue to play sluggishly and fall behind early in the game, something that has happened far too often in this still-young season.
The home team and its quarterback, Matt Ryan, have shown an ability to overcome early deficits. But if that pattern of play continues, losses may become inevitable. And the disappointment of a loss at home to a division foe is definitely a possibility a few days from now.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are a young, hungry squad ready to fight hard for a road win. The Atlanta Falcons are the better team “on paper.” But this home team will have to match the intensity of the visitors to get another win.
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