Sunday, Dec. 20
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (8-5) at Atlanta Falcons (4-9), 1:00 pm
Buccaneers: The club is one victory away from its first winning season since a 9-7 finish in 2016. But that did not result in a playoff appearance and there’s an outside job that the Bucs could clinch a postseason berth this week. Todd Bowles’ pass rush has produced 40 sacks and that could be an issue for Falcons’ quarterback Matt Ryan.
Falcons: The team has lost at least nine games for the third consecutive year and the pass defense has been a season-long issue. Only the Seahawks and the Jets have allowed more yards through the air and Falcons’ defenders have permitted 26 TD tosses while managing only nine interceptions. And Atlanta is just 2-5 at home this season.
Jacksonville Jaguars (1-12) at Baltimore Ravens (8-5), 1:00 pm
Jaguars: No team in the NFL has allowed more total yards per game (418.9 average) and only two clubs are giving up more yards on the ground. And that’s bad news against a Baltimore offense that has found its groove once again with quarterback Lamar Jackson healthy. The Jaguars have allowed 24-plus points in 12 consecutive contests.
Ravens: Baltimore’s ground game is once again in high gear and has put up big numbers the past two games. With Lamar Jackson at the controls, the Ravens rolled up 294 and 231 yards rushing, respectively, in wins over Dallas and Cleveland. John Harbaugh’s club scored a combined 81 points and committed a combined only one turnover.