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St. Louis Rams vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers Odds
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers hope to snap a four-game losing streak when they host the St. Louis Rams at Raymond James Stadium this Sunday. Since starting the year off 6-4 SU and 8-2 ATS, Tampa Bay is 0-4 SU and 0-3-1 ATS over its last four games.
St. Louis is just 3-12-1 SU and 6-10 ATS over its last 16 road games, but has won each of its last road games two straight up. Tampa Bay is 3-8 SU and 3-7-1 ATS in its last 11 games at home.
The point spread was settled in at 3 favoring the host Buccaneers earlier in the week, according to Sportsbook.ag. The over under line was hovering around 43.5, with movement expected during the week at Bovada.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to the Power Rankings here at OddsShark it's the No. 15-rated Buccaneers and the No. 18-rated Rams in this matchup. Predictive formulas point to a 23-19 win for the Buccaneers on Sunday.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Tampa Bay's No. 10-ranked offense, averaging 25.3 PPG, against a Rams defense that ranks No. 17 this week at 22.5 PPG. The Buccaneers aerial game is averaging 243.7 yards per game, more than the Rams secondary allows through the air, 217.4 YPG per game.
In comparing defenses, the Rams own the league's No. 4-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 90 yards per game when on the road. Tampa Bay, on the other hand, rates No. 21 this week in generating rushing yards at home.
Last time out for St. Louis, they were a 36-22 loser as they battled the Vikings at home. The Rams failed to cover in the match as a 2.5-point favorite, while 58 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. In their last game, the Rams got 3 passing scores out of Sam Bradford, but lost 36-22 to the Vikings on Sunday at Edward Jones Dome.
In their last action, Tampa Bay was a 41-0 loser on the road against the Saints. They failed to cover the 3.5-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (41) was profitable news for UNDER bettors.
St. Louis Rams Trends:
When playing in December are 3-7
When playing on grass are 2-7-1
After outgaining opponent are 1-9
When playing outside the division are 2-8
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Trends:
When playing in December are 2-8
When playing on grass are 5-5
After being outgained are 2-8
When playing outside the division are 4-6
A few Rams at Buccaneers trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of St. Louis's last 5 games when playing on the road against Tampa Bay
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of St. Louis's last 5 games when playing Tampa Bay
The total has gone OVER in 6 of St. Louis's last 8 games
The total has gone UNDER in 12 of St. Louis's last 17 games on the road
Tampa Bay is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against St. Louis
Tampa Bay is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing St. Louis
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Tampa Bay's last 5 games when playing St. Louis
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Tampa Bay's last 5 games when playing at home against St. Louis
St. Louis at Seattle, Sunday, December 30
Tampa Bay at Atlanta, Sunday, December 30