The Los Angeles Rams will face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in an NFC Divisional Playoff matchup as the NFL playoffs continue this weekend. It’s time to continue our NFL odds series and make a Rams-Buccaneers prediction and pick.
The Rams and Buccaneers will meet on Sunday with a trip to the NFC Championship game on the line. Tampa Bay, the reigning Super Bowl champions, will look to move on to their second straight NFCCG appearance with a win on their home field.
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Los Angeles is looking to pull off the upset after stomping the Arizona Cardinals 34-11 on Monday night to cap off Super Wild Card weekend. The Buccaneers, to no surprise, come in as home favorites over the Rams in this matchup.
Here are the odds for Rams-Buccaneers NFC Divisional Playoff game, courtesy of FanDuel.
NFL Odds: Rams-Buccaneers NFC Divisional Playoff Odds
Los Angeles Rams +3 (-118)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers -3 (-104)
Over 48.5 (-110)
Under 48.5 (-110)
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Why The Rams Could Cover The Spread
Los Angeles looked really good in their blow-out win over the Cardinals on Monday, but the Buccaneers will be a much tougher challenge. Tom Brady doesn’t have all those Super Bowl rings by accident, and he still has plenty of weapons despite the injury to Chris Godwin and departure of Antonio Brown. The Rams can present challenges for the Buccaneers on the outside with Cooper Kupp and Odell Beckham Jr., as Cam Akers provided a spark in the backfield last week as well after missing the entire regular season with injury. This will be a very, very tough game, but the Rams have a shot.
Los Angeles vs. the spread
The Rams are 9-9 vs. the spread through their 18-game season to this point, covering big time in their win over Arizona to advance to this game. Los Angeles is 4-5 against the spread on the road this season, and 1-0 as road underdogs.
Why The Buccaneers Could Cover The Spread
Tom Brady at home in the Divisional round is usually all you need to know. The Buccaneers are great bet to cover and win in this spot as they still have plenty of talent around No. 12. Tampa will also look to establish the run in this one as the Rams will be looking to put hits on the quarterback. Defensively, Tampa is a strong unit in the front seven but can be a bit susceptible to big plays on the back end.
Tampa Bay vs. the spread
The Buccaneers has went 10-8 vs. the spread to this point. After blowing out the Philadelphia Eagles, they will look to improve on their 7-2 home record against the spread.
Final Rams-Buccaneers NFC Divisional Playoff Prediction & Pick
Take the Buccaneers to cover and win in this spot. Matthew Stafford has just one career playoff win, and his second doesn’t seem likely to come vs. the GOAT on Sunday.
Final Rams-Buccaneers NFC Divisional Playoff Prediction & Pick: Buccaneers -3 (-118)
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