NFL odds: Buccaneers vs. Rams Week 3 prediction, odds, pick, and more
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Los Angeles Rams will meet in what is easily the biggest game of Week 3. It’s time to continue our NFL odds series and make a Buccaneers-Rams prediction and pick.
One of these teams will lose their undefeated record by the time Sunday is over. The Buccaneers enter this game coming off of an easy victory over the Atlanta Falcons.. The Rams narrowly avoided an upset at the hands of the Indianapolis Colts in Week 2, surviving off of a Jalen Ramsey interception to seal the game.
Here’s how the bookmakers have set the lines for Sunday’s premier matchup.
NFL Odds: Buccaneers-Rams Odds
Tampa Bay Buccaneers -1 (-119)
Los Angeles Rams +1 (-101)
Over 55 1/2 points (-107)
Under 55 1/2 points (-113)
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Why The Buccaneers Could Cover The Spread
Tampa Bay has an argument for being the most well-rounded team in the league, so there’s plenty of ways they could win any given game. It’s likely that the Bucs rely on Tom Brady and the offense to propel them to a win.
Brady has been nothing short of fantastic to start the season. He has nine touchdown tosses in two contests to go along with 655 yards passing. Receivers Chris Godwin and Mike Evans have been elite, and tight end Rob Gronkowski seems to have returned to his old ways of dominating defenses. The Rams boast a vaunted defense, but this unit is good enough to score on anyone in the NFL. The running game also has a chance to make an impact against a Los Angeles front that allowed 5.2 yards per carry to the Chicago Bears in Week 1 and 4.5 yards per carry to the Colts in Week 2.
Unlike the Rams, Tampa Bay has been dominant against the run. The Buccaneers have allowed 115 rushing yards over two games. That’s an insane statistic that should remain intact when Tampa faces one of the least efficient run games in the NFL. The Rams have only rushed for 174 yards on the season while earning around 3.5 yards per carry in each of their games. The Bucs should be able to force Los Angeles to rely on the passing game, something that always helps defenses.
Why The Rams Could Cover The Spread
Los Angeles has the huge advantage of health heading into this matchup. Buccaneers edge rusher Jason Pierre-Paul has been ruled out for this contest and starting cornerback Sean Murphy-Bunting is on injured reserve. Starting receiver Antonio Brown is on the COVID list, so this Bucs squad is far from full strength. The Rams don’t have a single significant injury heading into this contest which should allow them to take advantage of a weakened Tampa Bay team.
Through two weeks, Los Angeles has shown that they own one of the most explosive passing attacks in the entire league. New quarterback Matthew Stafford has been a fantastic pairing with receivers Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods. Tight end Tyler Higbee has been a solid option, and the offensive line ties it all together with decent play. Tampa Bay has allowed just over 700 passing yards in two games, which puts them among the worst teams in the league against the pass. Stafford should have a fairly easy day moving the ball downfield in this one, especially when taking into account the bevy of Buccaneer injuries.
Final Buccaneers-Rams Prediction & Pick
This game is essentially a coin flip. Both teams are elite, and both have their advantages. In this scenario, it’s almost always the right move to take the points. Los Angeles also has the advantage of playing in front of their home fans. The over is also in play in what should be one of the best games of the entire season.
FINAL PICK: Los Angeles Rams +1 (-101)