It’s a battle in the Georgia Dome this week on Thursday Night Football as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers take on the Atlanta Falcons in what many are calling a must-win for the Bucs.
Kickoff is at 8:25 P.M. (EST) and will be broadcast on both CBS and the NFL Network.
(Unlike in years past, this year the NFL Network will air 7 Thursday night games between September 11 and October 23).
Live streaming will be available from the NFL Network and through Direct TV Sunday Ticket.
Streaming through the NFL Network is free, but can only be accessed through a participating cable provider.
The Direct TV Sunday Ticket requires a subscription, which starts at $199 and is available to all Direct TV customers.
Those who do not have Direct TV, but live in NY City, Philadelphia or San Francisco are eligible to purchase the service as well.
Verizon customers who have the Verizon Wireless More Everything Plan can also watch the game through live stream for free, as they dropped the $5 service fee for this season.
In addition, fans can catch the game using NFL Game Rewind, where fans can watch full game replays or a condensed version if they want to.
NFL Game Rewind requires a subscription. There are various plans, including a $9.99 option to watch for 7 days, $29.99 to see all of your favorite team’s games only, $39.99 for the season ($10.99 a month) and $69.99 for the full season, including the playoffs and Super Bowl.
This weeks match-up may look a little boring on paper, but there are some interesting things to watch for. Here’s a preview:
We are only in week 3, but the Bucs definitely have their backs against a wall coming into this game with an 0-2 record.
A loss would not be insurmountable, but it is highly unlikely the team would recover mentally from that dismal a record and would basically be the end of any playoff hopes for them (the ’98 Bills were the last team to make the playoffs after being 0-3).
Tampa has been plagued with injures, crippling what should be a dominant defense, but word is that Doug Martin, Michael Johnson and Gerald McCoy, who is one of their best players, are returning, which should help them make a strong showing.
The only other thing they need to work on is giving their new QB, Josh McCown some more plays and making him stronger in the position. The QB is known for chucking the ball when pressured and has given up some hard-to-watch interceptions.
The Bucs have a good running game and it will be even better if McCown can settle in and give them a good passing game as well.
Atlanta comes into this game with a 1-1 record, but they’re not looking much better than Tampa Bay due to a less than impressive pass rush game and an offense that is hit or miss.
They are the only team to have no sacks entering week 3 and have been inept at protecting QB Matt Ryan, who has looked sharp despite the lack of coverage.
If the Falcons can give him the time he needs to let the ball fly, they should be able to pull of a win at home.
Atlanta 21 Tampa Bay 14.
News For Shoppers will bring you all the latest scores and news, so check back with us.
Who do you think will win? Do you think the Bucs have a chance? Tell us your opinion and leave a comment below.