By RICK STROUD
© St. Petersburg Times, published November 5, 2000
Series is tied 8-8, but the Bucs have won each of the last two meetings. The Bucs needed to rally with 10 points in the fourth quarter to beat the Falcons 19-10 at Raymond James Stadium a year ago.
The Bucs' speed is accentuated on the artificial turf and their pass rush could make for a long day for Atlanta quarterback Chris Chandler. Tampa Bay is 7-8 in domed stadiums under Tony Dungy.
The Bucs have scored 205 points in eight games, the best total to open a season in club history. In fact, that number eclipses the total for an entire season for four previous Buccaneer teams.
Which Bucs receiver leads the team in touchdown passes? Keyshawn Johnson? Nope. Jacquez Green. Wrong. It's Reidel Anthony with three.
Falcons RB Jamal Anderson vs. Bucs LB Derrick Brooks
The Bucs nearly lost to the Falcons last season, sans Anderson. He is running better now than he did earlier in the year coming off knee surgery. Bucs have allowed 100-yard rushing games to Washington's Stephen Davis and the Lions' James Stewart, both losses.
Falcons CB Ray Buchanan vs. Bucs WR Keyshawn Johnson
Buchanan has five interceptions and plays a lot of press coverage. Johnson is coming off his best day with the Bucs, 6 catches for 121 yards and a TD against the Vikings. Earlier this week, Buchanan said he felt the Falcons could rattle Bucs QB Shaun King.
Falcons KRs Tim Dwight and Darrick Vaughn vs. Bucs special teams
Dwight already has a 70-yard punt return to his credit. Vaughn has taken back a kickoff 100 yards. Bucs special teams stepped up against Minnesota, with three stops on kickoffs inside the 20.
Bucs DT Anthony McFarland vs. Falcons C Todd McClure
The former Louisiana St. teammates square off in the Georgia Dome Sunday, the way they did at practice in Baton Rouge. McFarland was a groomsman in McClure's wedding. But the battle could get McNasty.
"If we're able to take (Jamal) Anderson out of it and make them one-dimensional, I think we will have a chance to rush (the quarterback)." -- Bucs coach Tony Dungy.
"The only knock against McFarland was his height and I think he uses it to his advantage because he gets under guys. He's kind of quiet and doesn't say a lot until you get him riled up and then he talks a lot of trash." -- Falcons C Todd McClure on Anthony McFarland.
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