» Last meeting: Michael Turner rushed for 152 yards and a touchdown to lead the Falcons past the Bucs, 13-10, on Dec. 14, 2008.
» Streaks: Tampa Bay has won three of the past four and has an 18-13 overall series edge.
» Last week: The Falcons came back to tie the game at the end of regulation, only to lose in OT to the Giants, 34-31. ... The Bucs started out fast, but quickly faded in a 38-7 loss to the Saints.
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Josh Freeman's ability to bounce back: In his third start, Tampa Bay's rookie quarterback had his first troublesome outing. He threw three interceptions and looked flummoxed by the exotic blitzes thrown at him by Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams. Atlanta does not possess the same kind of attacking defense, so Freeman may not have as hard a time finding his comfort zone this week.
Ronde Barber's savvy cornerback play: Though he might be on the downside of his career, the former Pro Bowler still has the smarts and guile to cause young quarterbacks problems. Barber intercepted Ryan the last time these teams met, and if he is able to goad Ryan into another mistake this time around, it could help the Bucs in their quest to pull off the upset.
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