Monday September 15th, 2014

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Atlanta Falcons

The Falcons host the Buccaneers play on Thursday Night Football. Atlanta is 1-1 this season, with a win against the New Orleans Saints in Week 1 and a loss to the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 2. The Buccaneers are 0-2, with losses to the Carolina Panthers in their season opener and to the St. Louis Rams in Week 2.

You can follow the game with live stats and play-by-play here.

Details for Thursday's game are below:

Kickoff: 8:25 p.m. ET

Live stream: The game can be live streamed through NFL Sunday Ticket.​

TV coverage: CBS, NFL Network

Radio: For a list of Falcons affiliates, click here. For a list of Buccaneers affiliates, click here.

Odds: A full breakdown of the game

Game Facts

Atlanta Falcons facts

The Buccaneers lead the all-time series against the Falcons, 21-20.

In the last three seasons, the teams have split their two games.

The Falcons' first-round draft pick, left tackle Jake Matthews, expects to play Thursday after sitting out of the Falcons' Week 2 game with a left ankle injury.

Falcons receiver Julio Jones currently leads the league in receptions of more than 20 yards. Jones led the Falcons in receiving in the team's first two games. So far this season, Jones has 14 catches for 204 yards and a touchdown.

Atlanta linebacker Paul Worrilow leads the league with 29 tackles through two games.

The Falcons have given up 309 rush yards in the team's first two games.

The Falcons have yet to sack an opposing team's quarterback. Last season, the team had 32 combined sacks. The Falcons also had eight during the preseason.

Atlanta is tied for 11th in points scored so far this season.

Over the last five years, the Falcons have scored 26.6 points per game against the Buccaneers and have averaged 24.5 points in all of their other games.

This season, quarterback Matt Ryan is 55-of-87 for 679 yards and four touchdowns. He has a passer rating of 88.2 and has thrown three interceptions.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers facts

The Buccaneers lost by two on Sunday after they missed a chance to kick a game-winning field goal in the closing seconds. Receiver Mike Evans was injured on a play in Rams territory. Because the Buccaneers did not have any timeouts remaining, the 10-second runoff was rule was invoked, ending the game.

On Sunday, quarterback Josh McCown was 16-for-21 for 179 yards and an interception.

Bucs kicker Patrick Murray was 1-for-2 on field goal attempts in the game. At the start of the fourth quarter, Murray's 24-yard attempt was blocked. On the Buccaneers' next offensive series, Murray made a 36-yard field goal.

Running back Doug Martin was inactive for the game with an knee injury. In his place, Bobby Rainey ran for 144 yards on 22 carries.

Vincent Jackson and Evans each had four catches, to lead the team. Jackson had 51 yards, and Evans had 49.

Over the past five seasons, the Buccaneers have scored an average of 24.3 points when facing the Falcons. The team has averaged 19.7 points per game in all other contests.

The teams' last meeting was Nov. 17 in Tampa. The Buccaneers won 41-28.

The teams' first matchup came in 1977. The Buccaneers won 17-0.

Since the NFL South was formed, the teams have gone 12-12 against each other.

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