Can the Falcons withstand the Bucs' bid for revenge? Tampa Bay coach Lovie Smith has not backed away from the revenge angle this week after the Falcons slapped the Bucs around 56-14 before a national TV audience Sept. 18 at the Georgia Dome. "We definitely remember that," Smith said. "You don't forget games like that. It goes without saying. We remember what happened the first time around." His players tried to downplay that they'll seek some retribution against the Falcons, who have lost five consecutive since that game.
What's the plan to stop the blown coverages on deep passes? Blown coverages in the secondary have played a major part in the Falcons' losing streak. They gave up a 74-yard pass play to Chicago's Alshon Jeffery, and Detroit completed a 59-yard touchdown pass to start their rally from 21 points down. The Falcons signed safety Charles Godfrey over the bye week. He's played cornerback, nickel back and safety over his career and said he would be ready if needed.