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NFL Week 15 Preview: Falcons at Buccaneers

By PFF Analysis Team
Dec 14, 2017

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Nov 26, 2017; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (11) dives in for a touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the second quarter at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

The Atlanta Falcons visit the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 15 of the 2017 NFL season. PFF previews the top player matchups of the game.

PFFELO Ranking: 4

Coverage by: Bill O’Brien

Matchup: Atlanta Falcons offense vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense:

  • WR Julio Jones vs. CB Brent Grimes – Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones had one of the best games of the season for any player so far in 2017 in his previous encounter with Tampa Bay in Week 12. He totaled a jaw-dropping 253 yards in that game en route to an average of  7.67 yards per route run, which was over two yards more than any other receiver in Week 12. The Buccaneers will look to contain Jones this time around and will turn to veteran cornerback Brent Grimes to try to make that happen. Grimes has surrendered the lowest wide receiver rating on the team at 77.5.

Julio Jones, wide receiver, Atlanta Falcons

PFFELO Ranking: 25

Coverage by: Bill O’Brien

Matchup: Tampa Bay Buccaneers offense vs. Atlanta Falcons defense

  • WR Mike Evans vs. CB Desmond Trufant – Falcons cornerback Desmond Trufant has turned in an excellent bounce-back season after injuring his chest in 2016. Trufant has been a tough cornerback to complete a pass against, as he is allowing a reception once every 15.5 snaps in coverage, which currently ranks 11th among cornerbacks. He is likely to see plenty of Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans this week. Evans has not been able to produce to the high standards that he has set throughout his career, but he still has been able to put together the 18th-highest overall grade among receivers with a grade of 82.3.

Mike Evans, wide receiver, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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