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4-6, 4th in NFC South

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Bucs and Falcons final injury reports...Vernon Hargreaves, Jameis Winston, Robert Ayers and Evan Smith are all out for the Bucs. Devonta Freeman is out for the Falcons.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Bucs defensive end William Gholston (No. 92) will be active against the Falcons. It's the first time he's played since suffering a neck injury against the Saints nearly three weeks ago.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter said both defensive end Robert Ayers and guard Evan Smith will both be out this week due to concussions. Defensive end William Gholston will step in for Ayers.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Bucs tight end Cameron Brate was limited Thursday with an ankle injury but looked fined during drills Friday morning. Didn't appear to be favoring an ankle but you can see that it's taped.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Still no throwing for Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston, but he was on the practice field today, talking to head coach Dirk Koetter and high-fiving teammates in between drills.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bucs are indoors today due to rain (and because they're playing in a domed stadium Sunday). Here's wide receiver DeSean Jackson dancing to Digital Underground's The Humpty Dance.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Thursday's injury report for the Bucs...William Gholston, Gerald McCoy, Robert McClain and Donovan Smith were all full participants.

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NFL Week 12 predictions: Buccaneers at Falcons

The Bucs do get the Falcons coming off a Monday night trip out west, but Matt Ryan & Co. might exploit Tampa Bay's issues with consistency and third downs on defense.

ESPN Stats & Information

FPI gives heavy edge to Falcons

After squeaking out a Monday night win against the Seahawks, the Falcons begin a three-game home stretch by hosting Tampa Bay. The Buccaneers will again be without QB Jameis Winston, who has a shoulder injury.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Here are Wednesday's Bucs and Falcons injury reports...both Robert Ayers and Evan Smith are in the concussion protocol, and Vernon Hargreaves (hamstring) and Jameis Winston (shoulder) are both still out.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Bills rookie Nathan Peterman said Buccaneers and former Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick reached out to him after Peterman's poor debut Sunday against the Chargers. "[Fitzpatrick] told me about his rookie year and stuff. That was helpful to see," Peterman said Wednesday.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Bucs cornerback Vernon Hargreaves is not practicing today. He's now going on his second week of missing practice due to a hamstring injury.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Bucs offensive guard Evan Smith, who left the Dolphins game and did not return, is in the concussion protocol right now.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Wide receiver Mike Evans on the Bucs' mindset heading into Atlanta: "It'a just two wins. Obviously we lost five straight [games] so we're in a hole but we've just gotta take it one week at a time and anything can happen."

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bucs have signed wide receiver Jake Lampman, tackle Givens Price and cornerback David Rivers to the practice squad. They have also released cornerback Senquez Golson and tackle Justin Murray from the practice squad.

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FPI ranks best games of Week 12: Buccaneers at Falcons

Ryan Fitzpatrick will once again get the call at QB for Tampa Bay. So far the Buccaneers have won both of his starts, albeit against the Jets and Dolphins. The Falcons will be a much tougher test.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Simeon Rice, cornerback Ronde Barber and safety John Lynch have all been named semifinalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

ESPN Stats & Info

Time for Bucs to focus on draft?

Although the Buccaneers have won two in a row, this comes after a five-game losing streak that all but derailed their playoff hopes. FPI projects Tampa Bay to have just a 1 percent chance of qualifying for the postseason. Even landing a top-10 pick appears to be worse than a coin-flip proposition.


Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

This was Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter's announcement Monday that Jameis Winston will not play against the Falcons this week. He also assessed the performance of backup Ryan Fitzpatrick after two games. "My confidence [in Fitzpatrick] is the same," Koetter said. "I'm sure other people's has grown, but Ryan's done exactly what I thought he would do."

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Grading the quarterback play for the Bucs

Be it Jameis Winston or Ryan Fitzpatrick under center, Tampa Bay has generally covered ground efficiently before struggling to get into the end zone.

Team Stats

Passing Yards263.05th
Rushing Yards79.829th
Points For20.322nd
Points Against22.817th