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Thursday Night Football Open Thread: Tampa Bay Buccaneers v. Atlanta Falcons

The Buccaneers are looking for their first win of the season in Atlanta, while the Falcons look to bounce-back after being trounced by Cincinnati on the road. Talk about the game as it happens in real time in Battle Red Blog's open game thread.

Will the Buccaneers have an answer for these men?
Will the Buccaneers have an answer for these men?
Kevin C. Cox

Thursday Night Football pits the Atlanta Falcons (1-1) against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-2) in a NFC South showdown this week.

The Falcons are coming off a disappointing road loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, in which they got thoroughly embarrassed in all facets of the game. This happened after an exciting and emotional win over their bitter rivals, the New Orleans Saints, to open the season. The Falcons come into the game at nearly full strength, with wide receiver Roddy White being the only player listed as questionable.

Tampa is still looking for their first win of the season after back-to-back losses against the Carolina Panthers and St. Louis Rams (and their back-up QBs) to open the season. They are coming into the game pretty banged up, however, with starting defensive linemen Gerald McCoy and Michael Johnson being listed as questionable as of Wednesday night.

It's an important game for both teams, as the Bucs are looking to regain control of their season, while the Falcons want to move to 2-1 and reinforce the idea that their disappointing 2013 season was a fluke.

The game starts at 7:25 CDT. Take to the comments to discuss the game and who you're rooting for (you already know who I've got)!