Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons are heavy underdogs Sunday against the Tampa Bay Bucs even the most ardent of Falcons fans have to admit Atlanta doesn’t have the advantage. Defensively there isn’t one position group close to Tampa.
To take it a step further if you sit down and objectively list the thirty best players from both rosters after their top five players Atlanta doesn’t make the list. Still, there is one advantage Ryan can exploit on Sunday.
Dak Prescott showed just how questionable this Tampa secondary is in the NFL’s kick-off game. Dak picked apart a soft secondary fading backward and throwing the ball to the open receiver evading a ferocious pass rush.
If they can give him any time to throw Matt Ryan will keep Atlanta in this game
Tampa’s secondary is dealing with injuries and inexperienced players Ryan can take advantage of if he is given any time to throw. It is bad enough that if Atlanta can exploit it they will be surprising contenders in this game.
To be clear one shouldn’t expect Atlanta to win, however, Ryan is going to keep them close as long as he is given a fighting chance. Tampa doesn’t have the right personnel to stop Calvin Ridley or a breakout game from Kyle Pitts.
Perhaps Atlanta is catching them at the best time as they attempt to find out what needs to be done to fix their secondary. Whether through free agency or development in house Tampa will get its secondary issues fixed quickly.
They are too talented and deep to remain compromised in Brady’s second run at a Super Bowl with Tampa. For now, however, it remains an issues one Matt Ryan can exploit to his advantage. Giving Atlanta a punchers chance at staying in this game and shocking Tampa in week two.