TAMPA, Fla. — After a 10-day break from kicking off the season with a win against Dallas, the defending Super Bowl champions are back in action Sunday.
Tampa Bay (1-0) hosts the Atlanta Falcons (0-1) on Sunday. Kickoff is at 4:05 p.m. at Raymond James Stadium.
Tampa Bay is riding a nine-game winning streak, dating back to a Week 14 win against Minnesota last year.
What You Need To Know
- Tampa Bay (1-0) hosting Atlanta (0-1), 4:05 p.m. Sunday at Raymond James Stadium
- Buccaneers are riding a 9-game winning streak, dating back to last year
- Bucs QB Tom Brady is 8-0 in his career against the Falcons
Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady boats a career 8-0 record against Atlanta, including the 34-28 come-from-behind win over the Falcons in the Super Bowl in February 2017.
Still, Brady said he and the Bucs have plenty to clean up with their play after the 31-29 opening-seasoning win against the Cowboys.
“Football is not a game that is ever perfect,” Brady said this week. “I think we’ve got to do a much better job than we did last week and there’s a lot of things to clean up. There are a lot of things we talked about coming out of that game.
“We know what we’re going to be challenged with this week with a lot of the schemes that they present. They’re going to do a good job of cleaning up a lot of things that didn’t go well for them, so we’re expecting a really good football game against a real tough opponent – well-coached, a lot of good players, a very physical defense, a very athletic defense. We have our work cut out for us.”
The Bucs have won three of the past four games between the division rivals, including a sweep of the series in 2020.
Brady overcame a 17-0 halftime deficit on the way to a 31-27 win at Atlanta in December and threw for 789 yards and six TDs vs. one interception in the two games against the Falcons last season.
The Falcons, meanwhile, were trounced by the Eagles in their debut under coach Arthur Smith.
Atlanta rushed for 124 yards in the 32-6 loss, which could be difficult to repeat this week vs. a defense that was stingiest in the NFL against the run each of the past two seasons.