- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-5) are 3-point home favorites over the Los Angeles Rams (3-4)
- Tom Brady is on his first three-game losing streak since 2002 and is 0-3 versus Sean McVay since joining the Bucs.
- The Week 9 game on FOX will kick off from Raymond James Stadium on Sunday, November 6 at 4:25 pm ET
You could bill this game as an NFC Divisional Round rematch after the Rams’ thrilling 30-27 victory over Tampa Bay last January. But, instead, let’s call this one for what it is: a matchup of the two most surprising dumpster fires in the NFL this season.
Riding a three-game losing streak, Tom Brady’s Bucs are behind the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC South with a 3-5 record. And Sean McVay’s club has dropped three of four to fall to third place in the NFC West.
Buccaneers vs Rams
|Spread||Money Line||Total Points|
|Los Angeles Rams||+3.0 (-110)||+138||Ov 42.5 (-110)|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||-3.0 (-110)||-158||Un 42.5 (-110)|
Who’s in worse shape?
Los Angeles’ 31-14 loss to the 49ers on Sunday was their eighth-consecutive regular-season defeat at the hands of their NFC West rivals. Matthew Stafford is second in the league with eight interceptions, and the Rams’ running game is utterly pathetic.
Things are just as bad in Tampa Bay. Tom Brady missed a ton of throws in Tampa’s 27-22 home loss against the Ravens on Thursday night. At one point, the Bucs punted on six straight drives, and the 45-year-old was just 1 for five on red-zone throws, with the one TD strike coming in garbage time.
"As much as you want to give Sean McVay credit for his offensive prowess and success, it's really through the Shanahan system…Kyle Shanahan takes him to the mat every time and is like, "No, I taught YOU everything you know about offensive football."
— FOX Sports Radio (@FoxSportsRadio) October 31, 2022
Cooper Kupp’s health
This was almost an obituary column for the Rams’ season. Cooper Kupp injured his right ankle on a meaningless final drive on Sunday. However, the All-Pro receiver avoided structural damage and is expected to suit up on Sunday.
It’s also likely that general manager Les Snead bring in a star running back via trade before you read this. That could help a Sean McVay offense averaging just 68.4 yards on the ground. Is the only team that’s worse? You guessed it. The Buccaneers are at a pathetic 61.9 rushing yards per game.
Buccaneers vs. Rams
Los Angeles is a 3-point road underdog versus Tampa Bay, and oddsmakers expect a low-scoring game with a 42.5-point total. That makes sense, given the Rams rank fifth-worst in league with 16.9 points per game. And the Buccaneers are scoring the eighth-least points per game (18.3) in the NFL.
In summation, both these offenses suck and struggle to run the ball. Defense is leading the way for both clubs, with the Rams permitting the fifth-fewest yards per game (310.9) and the Bucs allowing the sixth-fewest (18.9) points per game.
Tom Brady drops two games below .500 for the FIRST TIME in his 23-year NFL career 😳 pic.twitter.com/sDFAVnAZI7
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) October 28, 2022
The Buccaneers are coming off a mini-bye after playing last Thursday so they’re the more likely of the two teams to right the ship. Especially since Los Angeles already enjoyed their bye in Week 7 before immediately laying an egg against the Niners in Week 8.
However, Aaron Donald and the Rams have always caused Brady problems by creating pressure up the middle. The Hall of Fame quarterback is 0-3 versus Sean McVay since moving to Tampa.
Final Score Prediction: Rams 21, Tampa Bay 20
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