The start of the week, ending with Monday Night Football. The Tom Brady Buccaneers are really a very confusing team. A week after putting up just 3 points, they put a 40 burger on the Carolina Panthers and Tom Brady looked like he was 30-years-old. This week, they have a chance to lay another egg or just overall stink it up as they have to face a hot Los Angeles Rams team that just pulled off a win against the Seattle Seahawks. It should be interesting to see the Rams take on the same Tom Brady that beat them in the Super Bowl just two years ago, a game that seems like it happened in the early 2010’s.
The Bucs are 7-3 and the Rams are 6-3 but it’s tough to tell how this game is going to go down. The first major concern for the Buccaneers has been their play in primetime games so far this season. They lost to the Chicago Bears in a Thursday Night Game that is going to stay a massive stain on their record, they just etched out a last-second win against a New York Giants team that may make the playoffs despite having a losing record and they were absolutely dominated in what was Tom Brady’s worst career loss on Sunday Night Football to the New Orleans Saints. So the Bucs are 1-2 in primetime and a stinky 0-3 ATS in those games. I guess the silver lining is that they are 1-0 on Monday Night Football this year.
These two teams faced each other last year and we shouldn’t give too much attention to that game given the fact that these teams are much different than they were just a season ago. For one, Jameis Winston was still starting for the Bucs, and two, the Rams stacked up much differently on both sides of the ball. The Bucs won that game 55-40 but we shouldn’t expect the same kind of game this time around.
Defense will have a much larger impact on this one than it did last year, when there wasn’t any. The Bucs are a top 10 defense in rushing, passing and total scoring. The Rams are a Top 5 defense in rushing, passing and total scoring. So expect low points and a lot of stalled drives.
Monday Night Football Key Players:
Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Ali Marpet: Marpet isn’t a household name but he is the best offensive lineman the Bucs have and probably a top 5 left guard in the National Football League. He’s missed the last two games with a concussion and remains in concussion protocol until at least Thursday. The Rams employ a terrifying defensive line and the Bucs could desperately use Marpet on the starting five to get them a boost against Aaron Donald.
Los Angeles Rams, Josh Reynolds: The Bucs have a much better secondary than in year’s past and Carlton Davis is turning into a star at the cornerback position. I would assume that Robert Woods will have his hands full. Reynolds should be lined up against Jamel Dean, a hit or miss corner who has made some good plays but also some costly ones this season. Reynolds could have a big night.
The Bucs are 4 point favorites and while I don’t think they cover, I think they’ll win.
Rams 21 Bucs 23
By: Matt Lively CruelFan.com