Bucs playing starters yet the Atlanta Falcons are somehow favored
The Atlanta Falcons are preparing to host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers who they have lost five straight games against and Tom Brady who they have lost 11 straight games against, yet they are favored to win the game.
Sure, the game has no impact on the Buccaneers’ standings but they have already proclaimed that they will play their starters and Tom Brady has made it crystal clear that he will finish out the regular season.
The Atlanta Falcons are surprisingly favored to beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
This will be the second-straight week that the Atlanta Falcons will be favored to beat their opponent. The difference between those two games? One was against a team who was starting David Blough at quarterback and hadn’t won in Atlanta in 29 years, while the other is against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers who are quarterbacked by a guy named Tom Brady who is undefeated against the Dirty Birds.
Currently, as of writing this, they have the Falcons as four-point favorites over the NFC South champion Buccaneers.
To be perfectly fair, this is week 18 and no matter what the outcome of the game is, the Buccaneers will be the fourth seed in the playoffs. One would think that it would be a perfect time for the Bucs to rest their starters, but as previously mentioned, Todd Bowles has stated that they will play their starters and we also heard from Tom Brady’s own mouth that he will be playing in the game.
Usually, the spread will change depending on different factors and one can understand why the Bucs would have opened up as the favorite, but, even now, Atlanta is still favored.
Neither team has been good this year and the difference is probably due to the fact that Tampa’s players will be on the road and will be more focused on their upcoming playoff game, but why are they counting on the Falcons to beat Brady?