Buccaneers vs Rams: NFL Divisional Round Game Picks

  • BetOnline has Tampa Bay as 3.0-point home favorites over the Rams on Sunday
  • Tom Brady is now 21-4 at home in the playoffs after Sunday’s Wild Card round win
  • The Rams have defeated the Buccaneers in each of the past two years and have a 7-2 record on the road this season

Already missing Chris Godwin and Antonio Brown from their receiving corps, the Buccaneers lost two of the league’s best offensive linemen in Sunday’s 31-15 victory over Philadelphia.

If All-Pro right tackle Tristan Wirfs and center Ryan Jensen can’t suit up for the Divisional Round matchup with the Rams, Tom Brady could be in tough against Aaron Donald and Von Miller.

Let’s examine the latest game odds and be sure to check out the top betting sites for NFL football in 2021, as well as tips for how to wager on Super Bowl 56.

Buccaneers vs Rams

BetOnlineSpreadMoney LineTotal Points
Los Angeles Rams+3.0 (-119)+128Un 48.5 (-112)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers-3.0 (-101)-148Ov 48.5 (-108)

Tom Brady can be beat

Tom Brady has 35 career postseason victories to Matthew Stafford’s one, but the Rams’ veteran quarterback outdueled the GOAT in Week 3, throwing for 343 yards and four touchdowns in a 34-24 win.

History shows that ‘W’ could be important as Brady is just 5-6 career against opponents he’d already lost to that season, compared to 30-5 versus all other teams. However, in last year’s playoffs, the 44-year-old defeated the Saints and Chiefs, two clubs that had previously beaten Tampa Bay, en route to a record seventh Super Bowl title.

Are the Rams hiding Stafford?

After finishing third in the NFL in passing yards, Stafford threw for only 202 yards in Monday night’s 34-11 annihilation of the Cardinals. While you can’t argue with a game plan that works, Sony Michel and Cam Akers won’t be able to run all over Tampa.

That means added pressure for Stafford, who tied rookie Trevor Lawrence for the most interceptions (17) in the NFL while throwing four pick-sixes since Week 9. The 33-year-old also committed at least two turnovers in six games this season.

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Buccaneers to cover 3-point spread. Pressure up the middle has long been Brady’s kryptonite and the Rams have an easy-bake recipe with two future Hall of Fame linemen in Aaron Donald and Von Miller. Jalen Ramsey should also lock down Mike Evans given that he’s the last man standing in the passing game.

So, why take Tampa Bay? Because after holding the Eagles’ top-ranked running game to just 95 rushing yards on Sunday, Todd Bowles’ defense will force the turnover-prone Stafford to beat them through the air. After their Monday nighter, Sean McVay’s club is also playing on the other side of the country on a short week.

Bet the UNDER on 48.5 points. While the Bucs’ No. 1 passing offense should find success against Los Angeles’ injury-ravaged secondary, Brady will be under tremendous pressure if Wirfs misses the matchup. And you can bet that the same Tampa defense that held Kansas City’s high-powered attack to just 9 points in last year’s Super Bowl will have a solid containment plan for Cooper Kupp and company.

Everything seems to be pointing to a Rams victory, but Bruce Arians’ bunch is 11-1 straight-up and 10-2 against the spread in its last 12 home games. Always bet on Tom Brady.

Final Score Prediction: Tampa Bay 27, Rams 21.

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