Bucs' offensive struggles, slow starts magnified in loss to Falcons

Julio Jones reminds us all he's not human

If Matt Ryan can get Tampa Bay's secondary to bite on the play-action passing game early in the first-half, Julio Jones is going to have a big day through the air.

Fitzpatrick made the Atlanta crowd a bit uncomfortable. After two-straight wins, the team is looking for their third in a row, which could help solidify them as favorites for a Wild Card spot in the NFC. The Atlanta Falcons have two, apparently. But coach Dan Quinn would be the first to say his team has to do a better job of finishing after nearly blowing a 27-6 lead. Sure, Ryan Fitzpatrick could get hot on Sunday, but I believe it's Doug Martin who could potentially be the game-changer for the Bucs.

The Falcons were also mostly sharp on the other side of the ball.

Jones, who had only one touchdown catch through the first 10 games, doubled that total in the first half.




The first touchdown of the game would come not from Falcons' quarterback Matt Ryan, but instead at the hands of Falcons' receiver Mohamed Sanu. Sanu is now 6-for-6 for his career throwing passes while lining up in the Wildcat - or 12 gauge, as the team calls this formation. Matt Ryan played well, too, getting Julio the ball all day.

Atlanta allowed a slight comeback and after a Terron Ward fumble, and at one point they were in position to allow Tampa Bay to tie. The sixth-year pro took a snap at quarterback early in the second quarter of Atlanta's game against Tampa Bay on Sunday and launched a beauty of a bomb to Julio Jones for a touchdown.

The Falcons still have to make up ground in the NFC South while entering the day behind both New Orleans and Carolina.

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