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Andrew Luck keeps trying to push the ball down the field and defenses keep finding ways to thwart him.

Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons have played well twice at home and looked terrible in one road game.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers know a thing or two about humiliating losses. After all, this is the franchise that dropped its first 26 games.

LOS ANGELES-There are a million reasons the NFL needs to clean up its arrogant and callous act.

ATLANTA - The Falcons rebounded in grand style Thursday night at the Georgia Dome.

Those sputtering machines in New Orleans and Indianapolis had better fire up soon.

The Atlanta Falcons made a statement with a 56-14 beatdown of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday night.

I had a better week than Adrian Peterson, let's leave it at that. Don't like a 9-7 mark straight up, but I'll grudgingly take 8-8 against the spread, all things considered. I bull's-eyed Cowboys winning at Tennessee last week to make it 2-0 in Upset of the Week picks ("Aawwk!"), and also had three other 'dogs-with-points including Chargers vs. Seattle and Chiefs covering vs. Denver. The bad picks, we won't get into here for space reasons (!) - also because, while I have mastered disappointment, the concept of masochism is still a bit out of reach. 1/8Note: Thursday-game pick was Falcons (-6 1/2) over Buccaneers, 27-173/8.

Tampa Bay quarterback Josh McCown left the game against Atlanta with an injured thumb.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers starting quarterback Josh McCown left Thursday night's game against the Falcons with a right thumb injury.

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