NFL Picks And Predictions Week 17: Buccaneers Vs. Falcons

TAMPA, FL - SEPTEMBER 25: Quarterback Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons is hit by Brian Price #92 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium on September 25, 2011 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

NFL experts expect the Atlanta Falcons to beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.

The Atlanta Falcons will be trying to improve their playoff positioning when they host the 4-11 Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the regular season finale on Sunday.

Atlanta has won five of the last six games between two NFC South rivals, with the Buccaneers ending their losing skid against the Falcons with a 16-13 win in the first meeting on September 25. Few in the media expect the Buccaneers to complete a season sweep, though.

The quintet of experts at CBSSports.com are picking the Falcons, Mike Florio and Gregg Rosenthal at NBC Sports/Pro Football Talk both pick the Falcons, as do the ESPN experts who have submitted picks this week.

Sports Illustrated's Peter King expects the Falcons to double up the Buccaneers, and would like to see the Falcons face the New Orleans Saints the following week.

Of all the possible Wild Card matchups, Falcons-Saints would be the nastiest (and I'm not even saying I expect it to happen), and the one I'd like to see the most. This game, not so much.

For more on the Falcons, visit The Falcoholic. For more on the Buccaneers, check out Bucs Nation.

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