Buccaneers vs. Falcons: Preview, score prediction for Week 12

Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones runs against Buccaneers

Julio Jones caught a 51-yard TD pass… from WR Mohamed Sanu

The Atlanta Falcons let wide receiver Mohamed Sanu try his hand at quarterback on Sunday, and it appeared to work out.

The throw was nearly perfectly placed, falling right into Jones' hands as he ran into the end zone. Jones caught 12 passes - one short of his career high - for 253 yards and two touchdowns.

Sanu's previous touchdown passes came in 2012 and 2014, respectively, when he played for the Bengals.

Running back Peyton Barber scored from 2 yards out in the third quarter and a yard out early in the fourth, both capping long drives. Coleman finished with 97 yards rushing on 19 carries.

They gave up a lot of yards, including 283 passing yards from Ryan Fitzpatrick.

The Bucs did get a takeaway - in the fourth quarter, when linebacker Kendell Beckwith forced a fumble by Terron Ward with Brent Grimes recovering it and racing 37 yards to the Tampa Bay 42. Neither Ryan nor Ryan had an interception.

The secondary played well but lost Brian Poole, Desmond Trufant and Robert Alford for stretches, although Alford still led the team in tackles with seven. They converted two third-down plays on a 14-play drive and ate up almost six minutes of clock before halftime, but could only muster a 27-yard field goal, their second of the game. Two remaining end sections of the Georgia Dome, which was imploded Monday, tower over rumble next door to Mercedes-Benz Stadium. This loss ignited the Buccaneers last season as afterward they went on a five-game win streak and almost made the playoffs. I predict that the Bucs offensive line will struggle to keep the Falcons front four at bay and Atlanta's offense will continue to build on their momentum. The Bucs are at Green Bay next Sunday in their third straight road game.

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