Atlanta (5-3) at Tampa Bay (3-4), 8:25 p.m. Thursday on NFL Network and Twitter. They meet again. Atlanta and Tampa Bay and this time, it’s Atlanta’s turn to hit the road as the Falcons make their way down I-75 on a 457-mile, 8-hour drive south for a Thursday night rematch with the Buccaneers.

The Falcons rallied from a 24-19 halftime deficit against Green Bay in the Big Peach to come away 33-32 winners in the Georgia Dome. DeVonte Freeman’s 1-yard run with 3:31 left in the contest gave Atlanta the lead for good (Atlanta led 3-0 on a 36-yard field goal by Matt Bryant to open the scoring in the game) and then the Atlanta defense held off Green Bay late in the contest, getting the ball back on downs late in the game when Aaron Rodgers and Green Bay could not convert on fourth down. Although Green Bay outrushed Atlanta 108-90, Matt Ryan (3 TDs, two sacks) did out-pass Rodgers 288-246 (Rodgers threw four TDs but was sacked three times).

Tampa Bay could have won their contest with Oakland last Sunday in regulation and got some luck on their side when Raiders K Sebastian Janikowski’s 52-yard try sail wide to the right at Raymond James Stadium. That luck would be short lived as the Raiders and Buccaneers entered the overtime tied 24-24 and saw the Raiders take a 30-24 win out of the Sunshine State when David Carr and WR Seth Roberts connected on a 41-yard TD pass with 1:45 left in the extra period. Tampa Bay led 10-3 at the half before the Raiders took ownership of the last 30 minutes of regulation and overtime, outscoring Tampa Bay 27-14. Carr burned Tampa Bay for 513 yards in the air with four TDs, while second-year QB Jameis Winston threw for 180 yards and a pair of TDs (Oakland outrushed Tampa Bay 128-102 at Raymond James Stadium).

In the first meeting in Atlanta in week one, Tampa Bay led 17-13 at the intermission and held off the Falcons 31-24. Atlanta was held to 52 yards on the ground (Tampa Bay had 90), while Ryan (two TDs, three sacks) outpaced Winston (four TDs) in passing yardage 334-281 and both clubs played turnover-free football in the Georgia Dome.

In the week one contest in the Big Peach, Atlanta was favored by 3 and the over/under was 47 1/2. Tampa Bay won by 7 (which allowed them to cover the spread) and both team combined for 55 points (which covered the over/under with ease). The odds makers like the Falcons again, this time by 3 1/2 and the over/under’s 51 1/2. Atlanta’s in first place in the NFC South, while Tampa Bay would like nothing more than to ruin their divisional rival’s hopes. As Sheldon Cooper once said “if ifs and buts were candy and nuts, we’d all have a Merry Christmas.” Tampa Bay’s played some decent football of late but Falcons are looking for revenge. They’ll get that revenge in the Sunshine State. Atlanta covers the 3 1/2 and wins on the road.

The 2016 Thursday Night Football Presented by Bud Light season continues with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers hosting the Atlanta Falcons in a NFC South divisional matchup Thursday, November 3 at 8:25 p.m. at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa EXCLUSIVELY on NFL Network. The Falcons-Buccaneers game will also be available on local stations in Atlanta (WXIA) and Tampa (WFLA). (Note: Although NFL Network is doing the game, they will be using NBC’s talent)

NBC will produce Thursday Night Football for the first time ever with Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth along with reporter Heather Cox calling the action. NBC will produce the remainder of the 2016 Thursday Night Football schedule including five games which will be broadcast on NBC, simulcast on NFL Network and streamed on Twitter.

At 6 p.m. on NFL Network, TNF GameDay Presented by KFC previews the Falcons-Buccaneers matchup from outside Raymond James Stadium. Host Rich Eisen is joined by analysts Steve Mariucci, Marshall Faulk and Michael Irvin to provide news and analysis two hours before kickoff, along with reporters Heather Cox and Tiffany Blackmon.

At 7:30 p.m., Football Night in Tampa Presented by Mercedes-Benz airs from inside Raymond James Stadium with Bob Costas, Tony Dungy and Rodney Harrison. Coverage continues at 8 p.m. with Tostitos Football Night in Tampa providing the final say leading up to kick-off between Falcons-Buccaneers.

Among the pregame topics are:
•At 5-3, are the Falcons contenders in the NFC?
•Why is Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan having his best season?
•Which Jameis Winston will show up at quarterback for the Buccaneers?
•How do the Buccaneers stop Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones?
•Midseason awards

At halftime, Costas, Dungy and Harrison break down the first half on the Lexus Halftime show.

Immediately following the game, the Mazda Postgame show airs live on NFL Network from Raymond James Stadium with Eisen, Mariucci, Faulk and Irvin providing highlights, analysis and live interviews.

The entire 18-game Thursday Night Football schedule, including the live games and pre- and postgame shows, will also be streamed live on the NFL Mobile from Verizon app (, the NFL app on XBOX, including interactive features from Microsoft, and through Watch NFL Network on tablets, PCs and various connected TV devices (, with participating television providers. Learn all of the ways to watch at An audio broadcast of the game is available on SiriusXM, TuneIn & Westwood One Radio Sports.

Thursday Night Football is available in Spanish via SAP (Secondary Audio Program) with Roberto Abramowitz calling the action on NFL Network.

Referee: Ronald Torbert

Broadcast Information: 8:25 p.m. on NFL Network: Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and Heather Cox (Field reporter). Westwood One: Ian Eagle, Tony Boselli. SIRIUS: 88 (WestWood1), 83 (Atlanta), 81 (Tampa Bay). XM: 88 (WestWood1), 226 (Atlanta), 225 (Tampa Bay).

Injury Report

OUT: RB Tevin Coleman (Hamstring, DE Dwight Freeney (Quadricep), TE Jacob Tamme (Shoulder)

Tampa Bay
OUT: RB Doug Martin (Hamstring), RB Jacquizz Rodgers (Foot), DT Clinton McDonald (Hamstring)
DOUBTFUL: WR Russell Shepard (Hip)
QUESTIONABLE: DE William Gholston (Biceps)

Weather: Partly cloudy and 77 degrees.

Broadcast information, officials and injury report courtesy the National Football League, odds courtesy Don Best, weather information courtesy The Weather Channel.