The Los Angeles Rams (13-5 SU, 9-9 ATS) are 7-1 SU and ATS in their last eight games against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (14-4, 10-8). The Rams will try to reward their Rams vs Buccaneers prediction backers with an upset win Sunday afternoon in Tampa.
Rams vs Buccaneers Odds & Analysis
The Buccaneers opened as 3-point favorites in this divisional-round matchup and Rams vs Buccaneers predictions seem to be even on both sides as the betting line has remained steady. The total also hasn’t seen any movement early in the week after opening at 48.5 points. Los Angeles is 5-0 ATS in its last five road games against Tampa Bay.
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Los Angeles Has Been A Strong Road Team This Season
Matthew Stafford needed only 17 pass attempts in Los Angeles’ 34-11 win over the Arizona Cardinals on Monday night. Stafford completed 13 of those passes for 202 passing yards and two passing touchdowns while also rushing for 22 yards and a touchdown on six carries.
The Rams led 21-0 at the half in a dominant performance by the defense as Kyler Murray was held to just 137 passing yards and six rushing yards with two interceptions, one of them returned for a touchdown.
Now the Rams will try to carry that momentum into their road matchup against the Buccaneers. Los Angeles is 5-1 SU and 4-2 ATS over its last six games and 7-2 SU and 4-5 ATS on the road this season. Some Rams vs Buccaneers predictions could be influenced by the first meeting between these teams back in September when the Rams beat the Buccaneers 34-24 as 1-point home underdogs.
Tampa Bay Red-Hot Despite Long List Of Injuries
Two first-quarter touchdown drives gave the Buccaneers an early 14-0 lead over the Philadelphia Eagles that they would eventually stretch to a 31-0 lead en route to last Sunday’s 31-15 win. Tom Brady added another postseason victory to his incredible resume, completing 29 of 37 pass attempts for 271 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions.
Ke’Shawn Vaughn and Giovani Bernard combined for 97 yards and two touchdowns on 30 carries with Leonard Fournette and Ronald Jones II both out with injuries. Tampa Bay improved to 8-1 SU and 7-2 ATS over its last nine games with the victory.
Fournette (hamstring) and Jones (ankle) are both listed as questionable to return this week. Wideout Cyril Grayson Jr. is also listed as questionable to return to a wide receiver group that is already missing Chris Godwin (knee) and Antonio Brown (left team). Mike Evans had nine catches for 117 yards and a touchdown against the Eagles and will be Brady’s best weapon again this week.
Rams vs Buccaneers Pick & Insights
Bucs: Keys To Cover
Most bettors making Tampa Bay their Rams vs Buccaneers pick are doing so for one reason: Tom Brady. Brady has put to rest any doubt about his status as the greatest quarterback of all time, and his ability to elevate teammates and win playoff games is second to none. He makes Tampa Bay tough to bet against.
Rams: Keys To Cover
Los Angeles beat Tampa Bay by 10 points earlier this season when the Buccaneers still had key players like Godwin and Fournette available. Matthew Stafford threw four touchdown passes in that game. For the Rams vs Buccaneers prediction to go in Los Angeles’ favor, the Rams just need another strong game from Stafford and their defense.
Odds Shark’s Computer Rams vs Buccaneers Prediction: Buccaneers -3
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