W2W4: Buccaneers at Falcons

Three things to watch when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers play at the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday night (8:25 ET).

Tampa Bay's pass rush. Getting pressure on the quarterback is supposed to be one of the keys to a Lovie Smith defense. But the Bucs haven't gotten much pressure in the first two games and those were against backup quarterbacks. Against the Falcons, they'll face an elite quarterback in Matt Ryan. But this could be the perfect time for Tampa Bay's pass rush to show up. After injuries to Sam Baker and Jake Matthews, the Falcons are starting journeyman Gabe Carimi at left tackle.

Josh McCown's decision-making. McCown is a veteran, but he's made three really bad decisions that resulted in three very costly interceptions in the first two games. On those occasions, McCown has looked like he's forcing things and trying to make a play that's not there. That has to stop. The Georgia Dome isn't a friendly place for opposing quarterbacks. But there's a little bit of good news for McCown. The Falcons are the only team in the league that has yet to record a sack.

The kicking game. Rookie Patrick Murray had a field goal blocked in Sunday's loss to St. Louis. This will be Murray's first road game and he needs to come through. The Bucs made a risky move by going with Murray over veteran Connor Barth. They need Murray to show they made the right choice.