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TNF Betting Preview: Buccaneers at Rams

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Thanks to a 24-17 loss to the New Orleans Saints in Week 14, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers came back down to life after an impressive stretch that saw them win three of their previous four. Next up for Jameis Winston and company is a Thursday Night Football matchup with the St. Louis Rams in Missouri.

Shark Bites
  • The visiting team is 3-8 SU in its last 11 games in this matchup.
  • The Buccaneers are 2-9 ATS in their last 11 games on the road in December.
  • The total has gone UNDER in eight of the Buccaneers' last 11 games on the road.

St. Louis is simply going through the motions at this point in a lost season, but they have had the edge against the Bucs in recent meetings. The Rams have covered the closing spread in their last four clashes with Tampa Bay.

The Rams have been one of the top UNDER teams in the NFL this season due largely due to an inefficient offense. The OVER/UNDER has gone 3-10 in the Rams’ 2015 campaign.

With the eyes of the nation squarely upon them, St. Louis has been a terrible bet when appearing on Thursday Night Football. The Rams are 1-6 ATS in their prior seven Thursday affairs.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Odds makers at Bovada had the St. Louis Rams as 0-point in the game, while the betting total was sitting at 40.5.

A 26-19 result in favor of the Buccaneers is the prediction by the Odds Shark handicapping pick engine. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NFL matchups here.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs St. Louis Rams Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

This season the St. Louis Rams are 5-8 overall and 5-7-1 ATS against the spread, while the Buccaneers are 6-7 and 7-6 ATS. As for the totals, St. Louis is 3-10 on the OU, and Tampa Bay is 6-7. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and St. Louis vs Tampa Bay injuries news.

The game pits the St. Louis Rams, currently No. 28 in our Odds Shark NFL Power Rankings, against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who rate No. 14 in the latest survey.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits St. Louis's No. 31-ranked offense, averaging 16.15 PPG, against a Buccaneers defense that ranks No. 21 this week at 24.77 PPG. The Rams aerial game is averaging 173.08 yards per game, less than the Buccaneers secondary allows through the air, 247 YPG per game.

Defensively, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers feature the league's No. 12-rated road run defense, allowing 100.67 yards per game. The St. Louis Rams, meanwhile, ranks No. 11 in rushing offense at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Buccaneers suffered a Week 14 loss against New Orleans in their last game, falling 24-17 at Raymond James Stadium.

Todd Gurley ran through the Detroit defense for 140 yards in St. Louis's last game, handing the Lions a 21-14 setback on Sunday at Edward Jones Dome.

Betting Trends
  • Tampa Bay is 6-3 ATS in its last 9 games
  • Tampa Bay is 7-18 SU in its last 25 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Tampa Bay's last 5 games
  • Tampa Bay is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
  • St. Louis is 1-4-1 ATS in its last 6 games
  • St. Louis is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 8 of St. Louis's last 9 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of St. Louis's last 6 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Tampa Bay home to Chicago, Sunday, December 27th
St. Louis at Seattle, Sunday, December 27th

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