Bucs-Falcons Game Blacked Out

TAMPA — Despite having the league’s fourth-best scoring offense, a four-game win streak — and five victories in their past six — playing a division rival with the best record in the NFC and a holiday weekend with cool temperatures forecast, the Bucs’ game Sunday against the Falcons will be blacked out, the team said Thursday.

Monday, the Bucs said they needed to sell about 7,400 nonpremium seats to reach the league’s 85 percent threshold (about 44,000) to lift the blackout. They did not say how short they fell.

The game becomes the 18th of the past 21 at home not to be shown within a 75-mile radius of Raymond James Stadium. The exceptions are Oct. 21 against the Saints and last season’s national TV games against the Cowboys and Colts.

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