Fast facts on Falcons' Thursday night game against Bucs

Falcons go on the road to face Bucs

The Atlanta Falcons (5-3) are on the road and will face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-4) in an NFC South showdown Thursday night on 11Alive.

Coverage begins at 8 p.m.

Here are fast facts to know before the game:

  • The Falcons are in first place in the NFC South and hold a 1.5-game lead over the Bucs in the standings
  • The Falcons have the No. 1 overall offense in the NFL with 3,402 total yards and 32.8 ppg
  • Quarterback Matt Ryan leads the league in passing yards (2,636) and TDs (19)
  • Receiver Julio Jones ranks No. 2 in the league in receiving yards (859) despite having just two games with more than 100 yards
  • On offense, 11 other receivers have receptions for the Falcons for 1,777 yards and 15 TDs
  • The Falcons defense ranks in the bottom 5 in the league
  • The Falcons defense has allowed the second-most total points this season (231)
  • The Falcons haven't beaten the Bucs since 2014
  • The Falcons ended a five-game losing streak against Josh McCown and the Buccaneers in 2014
  • Since the Bucs drafted quarterback Jameis Winston No. 1 overall in 2015 out of FSU, the Falcons are 0-3 against them
  • Winston is 6-14 against all other NFL opponents combined
  • Winston threw 281 yards and a season-high four touchdowns in the Bucs' win against the Falcons to start the season
  • The Bucs are coming off an OT loss against the Oakland Raiders
  • Tampa Bay's defense allowed a franchise-high 626 total yards against Oakland
  • The Falcons are coming off a thrilling victory against Green Bay in which Matt Ryan threw a game-winning TD to Mohamed Sanu
  • The Falcons will be without running back Tevin Coleman for a second consecutive week, but he is expected to return for next week's game
  • Tight end Jacob Tamme and defensive end Dwight Freeney are also out for the Falcons
  • Tampa Bay will be without three running backs, Doug Martin, Charles Sims and Jacquizz Rodgers are injured
  • Tampa Bay signed two running backs with Georgia ties: former Falcons back Antone Smith and Milton High School alum and rookie Peyton Barber
  • The Falcons are 3-1 on the road this season
  • The Bucs are 0-3 at home this season
  • The Falcons are 6-22 in road prime-time games since 1970.
  • The Falcons are favored to beat the Bucs Thursday night by 5 points.

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