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Rams QB Matthew Stafford’s take on Buccaneers might only motivate Tom Brady more

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The Los Angeles Rams and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are on a collision course, with the two undefeated squads set to square off in Week 3 of the 2021 NFL regular season on Sunday. This is an opportunity for the Rams to further justify that they made the right decision to acquire Matthew Stafford back in the offseason, as he’ll be taking on the Buccaneers’ Super Bowl-winning defense. That Tampa Bay stop unit is also the main focus of Stafford, who’d rather think about how he will try to break that down than his matchup against Tom Brady.

Via Cameron DaSilva of USA TODAY Sports:

“Obviously, not that way,” Stafford said of whether he’s viewing this as him against Brady. “Going against a great defense. It’s probably about as good as any defense in the league. Last year, year and a half playing really good ball. It’s two teams that are playing good football right now going against each other and I’m excited about it. It’s a big challenge for us. They’ve obviously won a bunch of games here recently and have a bunch of talent on their team. So, we’re going to go out there and play our best football.”

The Rams’ offense has been flying with Stafford under center. So far this season, they are averaging 30.5 points. Stafford’s arm has been a thrill to watch as he drives the Rams downfield on big gains. In fact, the Rams are No. 1 in the NFL after two weeks with 10.4 yards per pass attempt.

We’ll see how Stafford and the Rams’ passing attack will fare against Tampa Bay, which may have the reputation of being a tough defensive team, but the Bucs have not been that stout on that end of the field, at least statistically They have given up an average of 342.0 passing yards to their last two opponents.