Falcons pushing for play-offs
The Atlanta Falcons, losers in last year's Super Bowl, continue their pursuit of a NFC Wild Card on Monday when they play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Falcons are in third place in the NFC South Division, trailing the New Orleans Saints and the Carolina Panthers who are one game ahead of them in the standings.
Atlanta plays both New Orleans and Carolina in the final two weeks of the regular campaign in a situation that seems destined to remain fluid until the last day of the season.
Atlanta, 5.00 to win the NFC South, arrives in Tampa after taking care of business against the Saints last week at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
The Falcons picked off Drew Brees to preserve their 20-17 victory and with it also claimed a potentially crucial Division win.
Deion Jones' end zone interception with 1:25 remaining in the game may well turn out to be the most important single play of the season, if the Falcons return to the play-offs.
Get the better of the Saints next week in New Orleans and Atlanta will hold a crucial tiebreaker and it is that fact that makes Monday's game such a potential banana skin.
The Buccaneers entered the season with expectations of improvement over last year's 9-7 record when Tampa Bay missed the post-season on a tiebreaker with the Detroit Lions.
Instead the Buccaneers have regressed to a disappointing 4-9. There is talent on the team and the Falcons will do well not to get caught looking ahead to their showdown with the Saints on Christmas Eve.
The Falcons are 1213.00 to win the NFC with New Orleans 1213.00 and the Minnesota Vikings priced at 1.57.
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