Micheal Spurlock returned a kickoff for a touchdown for the first time in Bucs history, propelling Tampa Bay past the Falcons, 37-3, in Week 15 last year.
Tampa Bay has won the past two contests to extend its overall series lead to 17-12. Check out the historical matchup of the last five games.
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Buccaneers LB Cato June: Veteran Derrick Brooks left last week's game with a hamstring injury, leaving the onus on June to make plays as the outside linebacker in Tampa's zone defense. He will be counted on to help slow down Falcons rusher Michael Turner and also to disrupt Ryan's timing in the passing game.
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Under Gruden, the Bucs are 16-0 since 2002 when not committing a turnover. ... Bucs DE Gaines Adams has had a at least one sack in both of his games vs. the Falcons. ... Ryan is one of nine rookie starting QBs since 1970 to win on Kickoff Weekend. ... Turner had a franchise-record 220 yards in his first game with the Falcons. It is the most rushing yards ever by a player making a debut with his team.