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The Atlanta Falcons will take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Monday Night Football, start time at 8:30 PM Et, at Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL.

"Focusing on the next team could be a little bit distracting", Falcons linebacker De'Vondre Campbell said.

Jameis Winston threw for 299 yards and three TDs for the Bucs (4-10), including a 16-yarder to Adam Humphries that trimmed Atlanta's lead to 24-21 with 3:51 remaining.

And Tampa Bay enters Monday night's game with the worst passing defense in the NFL.

Now, the Falcons need the win to stay in the playoff hunt, and they're 4.5-point favorites to win the game. Last week's 20-17 win over the Saints also has them back in the thick of a three-team race for the NFC South title. Winston was directing traffic like a sandlot quarterback would do in a pickup game.

Coach Dan Quinn preached over and over during the skid about resetting following losses.

The Bucs are looking to snap a three-game losing streak that started on November 26 in Atlanta. The Bucs played without Winston, who was sidelined with a shoulder injury. We played 14 different coverages, and none of them worked. If you get punched in the mouth once, what are you going to do?

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The game went back with forth.

By the middle of the third quarter, they had lost tight ends O.J. Howard (ankle), who scored the Bucs first TD, and Cameron Brate (knee), guard J.R. Sweezy (lower leg), Adarius Glanton (leg injury), safety Justin Evans (ankle) and defensive end Robert Ayers (stinger). Winston had two interceptions and a fumble. Matt Ryan looked better against the Buccaneers than he did against the Saints and showed some nifty footwork running the ball, but he's still not the MVP folks saw last season.

OUR PREDICTION: I love the over in this game. The Falcons are also averaging 22.6 points per game and considering the Bucs are allowing 24 points per contest, I think there's a good chance Atlanta hangs 28-31 tonight in Tampa. They've committed the fifth-most turnovers per drive.

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