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RB Michael Smith - Tampa Bay Buccaneers

5-8, 207Born: 8-9-1988College: Utah StateDrafted: Round 7

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Week 3: at Atlanta Falcons

Mark and Joe say: Great matchup. Doug Martin didn't play last week due to his balky knee, so his lack of production this season has opened the door to Bobby Rainey (22/144/0 rushing with 3/30/0 receiving vs. St. Louis last week). Assuming Martin can play this week, we wouldn't be surprised to see a mix of Martin and Rainey handling the football - stay tuned to Footballguys.com's Players in the News later this week to see if Martin can get back on the practice field and prepare for some sort of role vs. Atlanta on Thursday Night Football. Atlanta's rush D lived down to last year's poor showing (last season, Atlanta was ranked 31st in the NFL averaging 135.8 yards rushing allowed per game, with 14 rushing TDs given up over 16 games) by giving up 28/139/3 rushing to the Saints' three-headed monster last week. The Falcons followed up with another mushy showing in Cincinnati, getting pummeled for 45/170/2 by the Bengals. Atlanta is currently ranked 26th in the NFL allowing 154.5 rushing yards per contest. Though Tampa has a great matchup this week, it appears they may have a two-headed attack these days as Rainey has been very productive while Martin stood on the sidelines to open the season.

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Schedule

3@ Atlanta Falcons
4@ Pittsburgh Steelers
5@ New Orleans Saints
6vs Baltimore Ravens
7--- BYE WEEK ---
8vs Minnesota Vikings
9@ Cleveland Browns
10vs Atlanta Falcons
11@ Washington Redskins
12@ Chicago Bears
13vs Cincinnati Bengals
14@ Detroit Lions
15@ Carolina Panthers
16vs Green Bay Packers
17vs New Orleans Saints