Falcons lead Bucs 17-7 at halftime

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That spells trouble for Tampa Bay. Clearly, they will need to do a much better job defending receiver Julio Jones (12 catches, 253 yards in the first matchup). The Bucs have outscored the Falcons 1,011-969. The Falcons are also averaging 22.6 points per game and considering the Bucs are allowing 24 points per contest, I think there's a good chance Atlanta hangs 28-31 tonight in Tampa. "The key is to find ways to keep him not just involved in the offense, but a focal point, and to make sure that when he is that focal point and people are doing their things to try and take him away, that provides other opportunities for the other guys on our team to go make their plays". "So, they are going to be ready to fight and we better be ready to brawl with them".

Freeman also caught five passes for a team-high 68 yards and had a first-half fumble recovered in the end zone by teammate Levine Toilolo for a touchdown. In five career games in Tampa, Jones has never had fewer than 93 receiving yards. On the season, the Bucs have been in the middle of the pack in the National Football League with 20 turnovers (nine fumbles and 11 interceptions) and even after Sunday's disastrous game carry a +4 turnover differential. He is expected to return to the lineup for the final two games. Heading into Monday night, the Buccaneers will have to play without star defensive players Lavonte David, Gerald McCoy, and Vernon Hargreaves III.

It's just another rough chapter that is the 2017 Buccaneers.

The Falcons and Buccaneers kick off at 7:30 p.m. CST Monday at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.

Monday's game will be televised by ESPN.

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It's a lack of respect for my players, especially, and then for the other team, in this case for Van Dijk". The club was clear about it in the beginning and I have the same opinion'.

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Opponents say continuing construction would force ranchers off their land and possibly infringe on First Nation treaty rights. The new project cost is now estimated at $10.7-billion, factoring in an increased risk contingency fund.

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He ended by saying what the bank established in this area with governments will remain one of its top priorities into 2018 and will beyond.

If the Falcons win their remaining games, they will repeat as NFC South division champs. Under that scenario, the Falcons would have a season split with the Panthers but a better division record, with the Panthers already losing two NFC South games to the Saints.

The Atlanta Falcons, who are in the thick of the NFC playoff race, don't plan to look past Tampa Bay and quarterback Jameis Winston in a classic trap-game scenario.

The Atlanta Falcons, who at 8-5 now hold the final NFC playoff spot, per NFL.com, are one-half game ahead of the 8-6 Lions.

Mark Inabinett is a sports reporter for Alabama Media Group.

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