FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons are taking nothing for granted against Tampa Bay quarterback Josh Freeman.
Despite a five-game winning streak over the Buccaneers and a 4-0 mark when facing Freeman, the Falcons needed until late in the fourth quarter to win both games in 2010.
Freeman last year became the first quarterback under the age of 23 to throw six or fewer interceptions with at least 200 attempts in a season since Dan Marino in 1983. In his last three games against the Falcons, however, Freeman has completed just 50 percent of his passes with three interceptions and three sacks.
But at 6-foot-6, Freeman sees the field well and buys extra time against the pass rush with a 248-pound frame that’s hard to bring down.