The Los Angeles Rams will travel to Tampa to face the defending champion Buccaneers in the NFC Divisional Playoffs. See how the two teams compare for this exciting Sunday afternoon matchup with the best Los Angeles Rams vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Betting Picks.
The Los Angeles Rams are hoping to repeat the outcome of their last meeting with the Buccaneers in Week 3, in which they were victorious at home 34-24. In that meeting, the Rams put more pressure on Bucs quarterback Tom Brady than any other team this season, sacking him three times.
Tampa Bay could also be without a couple of their starting offensive linemen in this game. This would make it more challenging for Brady to get enough time to throw the ball.
The Los Angeles Rams have now won six of their last seven games, and the defense looked great in their 34-22 win over Arizona in the Wild Card Playoff last weekend as the Cardinals were held to just 183 yards of total offense.
Matthew Stafford threw for 343 yards and four touchdowns in the first matchup against the Bucs defense, which is ranked 13th in the league against the pass. Stafford didn’t need to throw the ball much last weekend against the Cardinals as he was only 13-17 for 202 yards and two touchdowns. However, the Rams were able to dominate on the ground as they rushed for 140 total yards and controlled the clock throughout the game.
The Rams have not faced Tampa Bay in the postseason since the 2000 NFC Championship, in which they won 11-6 and moved on to win their only Super Bowl against the Tennessee Titans.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are looking to move on to their second straight NFC Championship game but will not have an easy task ahead of them on Sunday afternoon against the Rams.
Tampa is 8-1 in their last nine games and won easily last week against the Philadelphia Eagles, shutting them out for the first three quarters. Brady threw for 271 yards and two touchdowns but was also sacked four times.
The Buccaneers may have trouble protecting their quarterback even more in this matchup. Both Ryan Jensen and Tristan Wirfs, key offensive players, are questionable for this game with ankle injuries. In addition, Sean Murphy-Bunting is also questionable for this matchup.
The Rams are 5-2 against the spread in their last seven games and are 8-1 against the spread in their previous nine games against Tampa Bay.
The Buccaneers are 0-5 against the spread when playing at home against the Rams and are 11-1 straight up in their last 12 games at home.
The Buccaneers are slightly favored in this game but will have to play a great defensive game to slow down Matthew Stafford and the Rams’ balanced attack.
The Rams must pressure the quarterback to slow down the league’s number one passing attack during the regular season if they want to move on to the NFC Championship game.