Watch NFL Thursday Night Football Live Streaming Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Atlanta Falcons match will be kick off at Georgia Dome Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia, Thursday 18 September 2014 online, Time 20:25 ET and its broadcast NFL Network Online.
The Atlanta Falcons host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a divisional matchup between a pair of teams that both lost last week. A short turnaround is always a good thing as the Falcons got demolished by a Bengals offense that was missing its biggest weapon in A.J. Green.
The Buccaneers are fighting injuries and will have trouble defending the Falcons offense at the Georgia Dome. Atlanta has quite a few advantages in this week’s matchup and should be able to beat the Buccaneers if they stick to their game plan.
The Atlanta Falcons and Tampa Bay Buccaneers have had plenty of trouble staying healthy during their difficult starts to the season, but the Falcons suffered perhaps their most significant loss before their bye week.
Atlanta leading receiver Julio Jones is out for the year, and it also won’t have Roddy White available when it hosts the winless Buccaneers on Sunday.
The Falcons (1-4) lost Jones to a foot injury that required surgery, and it was announced Friday that White would miss a game for the first time in his nine-year career due to hamstring and ankle problems.
Running back Steven Jackson will sit out his fourth consecutive game because of an ailing hamstring.
One of Atlanta’s other running backs, Jason Snelling, suffered a concussion in a 30-28 loss to the New York Jets on Oct. 7 but could return this week. Left tackle Sam Baker was forced to sit out that game with a knee injury and is out again this week, linebacker Akeem Dent (ankle) is questionable.
“We’re in a difficult streak with injuries right now, but I think as coaches we look at it as a challenge,” offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter said. “No one thinks you have a chance right now, so let’s try to figure out a way to get this done.”
The absences of Jones and White could mean that Matt Ryan might have to continue to rely on veteran tight end Tony Gonzalez as his top target. Gonzalez has 22 catches for 246 yards and two touchdowns in the last two games.