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Falcons next opponent: 5 things to know about the Buccaneers

The Falcons are hoping to extend their winning streak in the NFC South to 3-0 when they face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Atlanta has been a different team since returning from their bye week. Not only have the Falcons (3-7) won back-to-back games, Atlanta's defense has now allowed a touchdown since the second half of the 27-20 loss to the Seahawks on Oct. 27.

Dan Quinn's team is playing the type of complementary football he expects to see every week. Here are five things to know about Atlanta's upcoming opponent:

Bucs putting up points on offense

Jameis Winston and the Buccaneers' offense under new head coach Bruce Arians have consistently put up points in each of their games. Tampa Bay (3-7) ranks No. 6 in the league in scoring, averaging 27.7 points per game.

Winston leading one of NFL's top passing attacks

The Bucs have the No. 5 passing offense in the league, averaging 285.6 yards per game through the air. Only the Cowboys (312.7), Chiefs (301.7) and Falcons (300.3) average more passing yards per game.

Winston has thrown 242 passes for 3,078 yards and 19 touchdowns. He's also thrown a league-leading 18 interceptions and has been sacked 36 times, the most in the league.

Shaquil Barrett has been a difference maker

Tampa has one of the NFL's best pass rushers in the league in Barrett who ranks second in the league in sacks with 11.5. Barrett, an undrafted free agent out of Colorado State, signed with the Broncos in 2014 and played five seasons in Denver before signing a one-year contract with the Bucs this offseason.

Mike Evans still one of league's top receivers

A big reason the Bucs have one of the league's top passing offense's is the play of their Pro Bowl wide receiver, Evans. He ranks second in the league in receiving yards with 993 and his seven touchdowns are tied for first in the NFL.

Atlanta's secondary will have their hands full trying to shut down Evans on Sunday.

New coaching staff, new identity

The Bucs hired Arians following the 2018 season after parting ways with Falcons' offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter. Arians has implemented new schemes on both sides of the ball.

Todd Bowles, the former head coach of the New York Jets, is Arian's defensive coordinator. The Bucs rank No. 23 in yards per game (371.8) and No. 32 in points per game (31.3).

Keith Armstrong, former special teams coordinator for the Falcons, is in charge of Tampa's special teams unit.

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