BEST BET TAMPA BAY over At­lanta by 6

Playbook Football (Midweek Alert) - - 2-minute Handicap -

Wow. The Fal­cons haven’t been the same since blow­ing that big lead in the sec­ond half of last year’s Su­per Bowl give­away to New Eng­land. And when it comes to play­ing their 7th away game of the sea­son with an away game on deck, well… let’s just say the re­sults have been less than lucky: 2-10 SU and 2-9-1 ATS, to be ex­act. At­lanta’s money-mak­ing 7-1 ATS mark on the road in 2017 has gone up in a 2-4 ATS puff of smoke this sea­son, and it seems not even a win over the hated NFC South ri­val Saints can pro­vide any help here: the Fal­cons are an er­ratic 9-16 SU and 7-18 ATS fol­low­ing a SUATS win over New Or­leans. They’re also 1-3 ATS as road chalk this year, which doesn’t bode well for the Birds when stacked up against Tampa’s 10-5 SU and 11-4 ATS record at home in divi­sion games fol­low­ing a SU fa­vorite loss, in­clud­ing 9-2-1 ATS ver­sus a foe off a win. No, the 4-win Buc­ca­neers don’t scare any­one but they haven’t packed it in yet, drop­ping their last two con­tests by mar­gins of just 3 and 6 points. They would also love to de­rail the Fal­cons’ play­off hopes by get­ting even for a 14-point loss at Mercedes-Benz Sta­dium just three weeks ago. Don’t know if Jameis Win­ston or Ryan Fitz­patrick will be tak­ing snaps for Tampa Bay tonight but it’s ba­si­cally ir­rel­e­vant ac­cord­ing to THE CLINCHER: Tampa Bay is 6-1 SU and 7-0 ATS as a Mon­day night home dog since 1980.

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