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NFL Capsule: Falcons at Buccaneers

NFL Capsule: Falcons at Buccaneers

ATLANTA (9-1) At TAMPA BAY (6-4)

Sunday, 1 p.m., FOX

OPENING LINE - Pick `em

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Atlanta 6-4; Tampa Bay 7-2-1

SERIES RECORD - Buccaneers lead 19-18

AP PRO32 RANKING - Falcons No. 3; Buccaneers No. 12 (tie)

LAST MEETING - Falcons beat Buccaneers 45-24, Jan. 1, 2012

LAST WEEK - Falcons beat Cardinals 23-19; Buccaneers beat Panthers 27-21 OT

FALCONS OFFENSE - OVERALL (7), RUSH (28, PASS (3)

FALCONS DEFENSE - OVERALL (18), RUSH (26), PASS (10)

BUCCANEERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (10), RUSH (9), PASS (14)

BUCCANEERS DEFENSE - OVERALL (29), RUSH (1), PASS (32)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Although Tampa Bay holds narrow lead in all-time series between NFC South rivals, Atlanta has won six of past seven meetings and 6-2 against Bucs under coach Mike Smith. ... Both teams came from behind to win last week, with Falcons overcoming Matt Ryan's five interceptions against Arizona to improve to retain share of best record in NFL. Bucs rallied from 11-point deficit in final six minutes, then beat Panthers on Josh Freeman's third touchdown pass in overtime. ... Ryan has thrown for 1,579 yards, 13 TDs and two interceptions in five games against NFC South opponents. ... Falcons TE Tony Gonzalez 12 yards shy of becoming first tight end and eighth player overall with 14,000 career yards receiving. ... Michael Turner leads Atlanta in rushing with 575 yards, however Falcons 28th in league at 89.2 per game. ... Tampa Bay has league's stingiest run defense, allowing 81.8 yards per game. Flip side is Bucs last in pass defense, yielding 312.6 yards per game. ... Bucs have won four straight, five of six overall, to climb back into playoff contention. They've done it by scoring a league-high 205 points over past six weeks. ... Bucs WRs Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams rank first and second in NFC in yards per catch at 20.5 and 17.6, respectively. ... Rookie RB Doug Martin has been big part of Tampa Bay's turnaround, too. He leads NFL in total yards from scrimmage with 1,319 - 1,000 rushing and 319 receiving. Former Boise State standout has 1,019 yards from scrimmage over past six weeks, joining Eric Dickerson and Edgerrin James as only rookie to gain 1,000-plus yards in six-game span.

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NBA Draft prospect De'Andre Hunter is ready to make his family proud at the next level

NBA Draft prospect De'Andre Hunter is ready to make his family proud at the next level

When asked if his family had a motto, De'Andre Hunter summed it up in two words: "Family first."

"We have a great bond, we're really close and we all get along. I feel like that really helped me in the long run," the 2019 NBA Draft prospect told NBC Sports Washington for its miniseries I Am The Prospect. "We know we have each other's back, we always put each other before anyone else."

The Hunter family has always had De'Andre's back, supporting him from the days during his childhood when he'd wake them up early in the morning to play basketball, to the night he helped Virginia win its first NCAA title.

Things weren't always easy in the Hunter household. De'Andre's father, Aaron Hunter Sr., died when De'Andre was 7, forcing the entire family, especially his mother Priscilla, to take on more responsibility and bond together. 

"My mom is the rock of the family. She does anything for every single one of us. No matter where she is or what she's doing, she's willing to help us in any kind of way," Hunter said. "And as far as my brother and sisters, they're the same way. They're really caring, and we ... really look after each other. 

"In a family that's what you need, and we just always support each other, no matter what the circumstance is."

And as he grew up, De'Andre's older brother Aaron Jr. took on a more paternal role. 

"Once my father passed away, he really stepped up," De'Andre said of Aaron. "He really taught me a lot of things that he went through. I didn't see him grow up, but I saw him become, I feel like, a man in some sense. Because he had to take care of our family in a certain way.

"He cares for me a lot, so I thank him a lot for everything he's taught me."

In fact, it was Aaron who De'Andre called upon when he got the disappointing news he would be redshirted his first year at UVA and thus ineligible to play that season.  

"The decision to redshirt really hurt," Hunter said. "I didn't see it coming, but when coach (Tony Bennett) told me, I just took it."

"I told my brother, I probably complained to him a little bit but he just told me to use it in a beneficial way and don’t look at it in a negative way. I tried to do that, and I feel like in the long run it definitely helped me.

Over those next two seasons in Charlottesville, Hunter became a bonafide college star. He won the ACC's Sixth Man of the Year award during the 2017-18 season then earned the conference's Defensive Player of the Year award in 2018-19, not to mention leading the Cavaliers to a national championship, scoring a team-high 27 points in the title game against Texas Tech.

Hunter recalled how special it was having his family in the arena that night to celebrate with him. 

"It meant a lot for them to come all the way out to Minnesota to watch me play," he said. "They took off from work, took off from things they probably had to do, just to come see me play. That means a lot to me because they really don't have to do that. But they were there for me." 

Now, Hunter is preparing to take the next step into the NBA ranks. And when his name's called Thursday night at the draft, his family will be there cheering -- and probably crying -- for him. 

"Draft night's gonna be really emotional. I don't know if I'm gonna cry or not, but I know a few members of my family will be crying, so that'll probably get to me a little bit," Hunter said with a smile. "It's gonna be a great moment for not only me but for my family as well."

"My mom's for sure gonna cry. My sisters might even cry, but I feel like Aaron might let a few tears out."

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Lamar Jackson, Mark Ingram ranked No. 2 in NFL for 'best rushing tandems'

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Lamar Jackson, Mark Ingram ranked No. 2 in NFL for 'best rushing tandems'

Kick off your Thursday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news.

1. Lamar Jackson and Mark Ingram were ranked No. 2 in Pro Football Focus' 'best rushing tandems ahead of the 2019 NFL season.' Ravens fans are excited to see Jackson and Ingram work together on the field this season.

2. The Ravens are looking for help at left guard and with 2017 fifth-round pick Jermaine Eluemunor not getting many reps in, Coach Harbaugh put Eluemunor in the left guard spot. Although Harbaugh said Eluemunor will need to get in better shape, he acknowledged Eluemunor's work at left guard.


Looking Ahead:

July 15: 4 p.m. deadline to get a long-term deal done with designated franchise tag players.

The 2019 NFL schedule is set! See the Baltimore Ravens defend the AFC North at M&T Bank Stadium this season. Get your tickets now at www.BaltimoreRavens.com/tickets.

Credit: Baltimore Ravens and Rotoworld for news points.

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