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BUCCANEERS vs. RAMS
WHEN: Sunday, January 23, 2022 | WHERE: Raymond James Stadium | KICKOFF: 3:00 p.m. ET | TV: NBC
PLAY-BY-PLAY: Al Michaels |ANALYST: Chris Collinsworth | SIDELINE: Michele Tafoya & Kathryn Tappen
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Scott Reynolds: I Can’t Guess In opposition to Brady, Bucs At Residence
I can’t do it. I can’t guess towards Tom Brady and the Buccaneers at residence. Outdoors of a fluky 9-0 loss to New Orleans by which three main offensive weapons have been misplaced to damage, Tampa Bay is undefeated at residence. In truth, the Bucs are an ideal 8-0 when scoring a degree at residence this season! And after they rating factors at Raymond James Stadium it’s 30 factors or extra. Scoring 30 factors can be a problem towards a stingy Rams group, particularly if proper sort out Tristan Wirfs can’t go. Los Angeles’ go rush obtained to the quarterback 50 occasions this yr, which ranked third within the NFL.
To fight the Rams’ go rush, the Bucs have to have Brady throw the ball shortly on vast receiver screens, tight finish screens and screens to the backs. Then load up on max defend and take some play-action pictures downfield towards some backup Rams safeties for an enormous play to Mike Evans, Scotty Miller or Breshad Perriman. The Bucs don’t need to run the ball a ton on this recreation. However they need to be extra environment friendly – and whole greater than 35 yards, which is what they have been held to in Week 3.
Tampa Bay’s protection has to discover a strategy to get strain and sack Matthew Stafford with out overdoing it on the blitzing. Stafford has carved up blitzes all season. Perhaps attempt to rush three and drop eight into protection and drive Stafford to be affected person or examine the ball down. Tampa Bay must drive some takeaways after failing in that division in Week 3. If the protection doesn’t create takeaways that and Wirfs doesn’t play, I feel the Rams even have a very good probability of profitable. I simply can’t choose towards the Bucs, although.
Reynolds’ Rating Prediction: Buccaneers 30, Rams 26
Reynolds’ Season Report: 13-5
Jon Ledyard: It’s An Uphill Battle – However Bucs Discover A Method
I don’t know how the Bucs are favored to win this recreation. As a result of they’re at residence? On paper, I feel the Rams are higher given all of the Bucs accidents. Tampa Bay has clear benefits at 4 positions – quarterback, tight finish, security and linebacker. Offensive line is perhaps a push given the damage standing of each items. However the Rams have 4 legit weapons at vast receiver and a wholesome steady of working backs. Even when Leonard Fournette performs, the Bucs can be behind in these key areas.
Offensively, it is going to be powerful for the Bucs to place up 30-plus factors. It’s going to take greatness from Tom Brady and catching the Rams with a number of huge performs. Rob Gronkowski will have to be huge if Los Angeles offers Mike Evans the additional consideration I’m anticipating. Neglect what persons are saying in regards to the final recreation – the Bucs have to run the ball higher, no more usually. However principally, they should not drop the soccer, not miss kicks and never commit seven penalties.
A clear offensive recreation will go a good distance. However the Bucs have to win this recreation on the defensive facet of the ball. Cooper Kupp is without doubt one of the biggest “Buc Killers’ within the NFL at the moment. His manufacturing in three video games towards Todd Bowles protection is jaw-dropping. Can Bowles lastly determine tips on how to gradual him down? I feel all of it comes collectively for the Bucs on Sunday. They won’t win the bulk if the 2 groups performed ten occasions, however they solely have to win as soon as. Behind a number of Matt Stafford errors and a clear recreation from Brady, I feel they are going to squeak it out.
Ledyard’s Rating Prediction: Buccaneers 24, Rams 20
Ledyard’s Season Report: 15-3
Matt Matera: Bucs Scratch And Claw Their Method To A Win
Seemingly each day there’s a ton of accidents that the Bucs need to cope with. It wasn’t an excuse after they gained final week and it shouldn’t be both within the divisional spherical. Clearly the Bucs are higher if Ryan Jensen and Tristan Wirfs can play, however I feel the Bucs can survive if one in every of them isn’t accessible. They’ll want Tom Brady to get the ball out as shortly as he normally does and a extra up tempo offense might do wonders. I count on Tampa Bay to get inventive with shifting Mike Evans round to make sure he will get the ball, and search for some one-on-one matchups for Gronk. Let’s do not forget that Leonard Fournette is again this time round and he’s known as Lombardi Lenny for a purpose.
The Bucs’ protection needs to be a most important catalyst to be able to beat the Rams. Shaq Barrett must have his finest recreation of the season and dominate towards the offensive line. If they’ll drive the Rams to drop again over 30 occasions, I just like the Bucs probabilities to rack up the sacks. It’ll have to begin with the defensive position since you’re asking rather a lot for the secondary to comprise Cooper Kupp and Odell Beckham Jr.
Many individuals are choosing the Rams to win this weekend, however I additionally assume the Bucs play their finest when others doubt them. We’re in retailer for a terrific matchup this week that ought to come right down to the wire. It’s a daring alternative to choose towards Brady presently of the season, so I gained’t. The Bucs have at all times performed higher at residence, and it could possibly be a late drive by Brady that helps seal the deal.
Matera’s Rating Prediction: Buccaneers 24, Rams 23
Matera’s Season Report: 13-5
JC Allen: Bucs Advance To NFC Championship In Onerous Fought Battle
The Bucs head into their Divisional spherical match up with the Rams very similar to they’ve all season, banged up. Accidents have been a key storyline all season on either side of the ball. Whereas it seems the protection goes to play their first recreation of the season as an entire unit, now key gamers on offense are in query. Offensive lineman Ryan Jensen and Tristan Wirfs are each battling by means of ankle accidents and their standing for Sunday’s recreation is in query. Even when they’ll play how efficient will they be towards an intimidating entrance 4 Los Angeles boasts.
That’s the place having a quarterback pretty much as good as Tom Brady components in. Whereas the Rams are an outstanding group at getting strain, 50 sacks on the season, Brady is unbelievable at getting the ball out shortly. Fast passes luckily have been an achilles heel for the rams this season. on quick passes to the center the Rams have allowed the very best completion proportion(80.2) within the NFL and rank twenty eighth in common yards allowed(7.9). On quick passes to the left, proper and center, L.A. has allowed a 68.2 completion proportion. Brady time to throw common was 2.48 seconds this season and was 2.17 within the Wild Card recreation towards the Eagles. Brady led the NFL with 24 touchdowns on fast passes, whereas the Rams have let up essentially the most passing yards on fast passes this season.
On the defensive facet of the ball, discovering a strategy to comprise Cooper Kupp can be a key to the sport. The Rams offense strikes by means of him usually and he’s torched the Bucs in his final three contests towards them. Placing the proper of strain on Stafford will even be key for this group. Whereas the Bucs solely blitzed 11 occasions in Week 3, Stafford had super success towards them. In truth Staffords 141.8 passer ranking towards the blitz is the very best mark since 2016. Nonetheless when sending simply 4 or much less and getting residence he has struggled throwing 16 of his 17 interceptions this season. With stable recreation plan on either side of the ball, however most significantly execution of mentioned recreation plan the Bucs ought to discover themselves returning to the NFC Championship for the second straight yr.
Allen’s Rating Prediction: Buccaneers 27, Rams 24
Allen’s Season Report: 14-4
Paul Atwal: Rams Overpower Depleted Bucs
The schematic rock-paper-scissors ingredient of soccer is fascinating. Expertise trumps all – and each the Bucs and the Rams have loads of it – however I concern that the Bucs are holding paper towards the Rams’ scissors. As evidenced by the week 3 matchup, Sean McVay and Matthew Stafford drive Todd Bowles out of his schematic consolation zone. Bowles can win when leaning extra on a two-high protection recreation plan moderately than his single-high blitz-heavy default (see Tremendous Bowl LV), but it surely forces the protection to play away from its energy.
Offensively, the match-up can be much less regarding if Chris Godwin and Antonio Brown have been nonetheless within the lineup. Even with out Brown, Tom Brady moved the ball with constant precision in Week 3. The problem is that Los Angeles, not like Philadelphia, can put the onus on receivers to win as a substitute of the quarterback. As Brady instructed Jon Ledyard, the Rams’ aggressive sample matching coverages successfully flip into man, regardless of the Rams being one of the zone-heavy groups within the league.
Regardless that Bowles known as an inexpensive recreation in Week 3, Stafford and Co. gashed Tampa Bay with chunk performs. And that’s not even counting a number of missed alternatives with which Los Angeles might have simply surpassed 40 factors. Except Bowles lastly will get one over on McVay in an enormous means, it’s asking an excessive amount of of this depleted offense to beat Jalen Ramsey, Aaron Donald and Von Miller.
Atwal’s Rating Prediction: Rams 38, Buccaneers 17
Atwal’s Season Report: 15-3
Kasey Hudson: Playoff Scotty On 3 – 1, 2 … PLAYOFF SCOTTY
Divisional spherical – the place the rubber meets the highway. The hardest recreation of the yr lies forward for Tampa Bay and as of now, they’re nonetheless favored by three to win. However the huge query is, can 44-year-old quarterback Tom Brady keep upright towards L.A.’s protection? Tristan Wirfs and Ryan Jensen have been noticed at observe at the moment, however their skill to play remains to be questionable. Shedding two professional bowl caliber linemen impacts the timing for Tom Brady and his offense. The Bucs can not afford to not begin quick towards this group. Make no mistake, Brady just isn’t Kyler Murray, however the Rams’ protection pressured the Cardinals into three-and-outs on every of their first 4 drives, taking full management of the sport earlier than halftime. Whereas we’ve seen Tampa Bay make some bounce backs, this isn’t the group to play meet up with.
Now, this Bucs protection just isn’t the identical protection from Week 3. Throughout that recreation Tampa Bay’s protection’s suffered a number of accidents, not counting the gamers that have been already dominated out. That is the healthiest the protection has been all season. Shaq Barrett’s reply to fixing L.A.’s offense? “I’m banking the whole lot on placing strain on the quarterback.” Barrett talked about is his press convention Thursday that Arizona was unable to get to Matthew Stafford. The Cardinals allowed an excessive amount of time for Stafford to unfold the ball within the first half. Whereas I agree with Barrett’s assertion, over blitzing this group will fail.
Sean McVay is unpredictable, which makes the Rams harmful. Spectators would argue that Todd Bowles is simply as ingenious. If Bowles can produce the proper recreation plan and Brady’s MVP skill can get his group ultimately zone, the Bucs will keep away from a blowout. Rams are the stronger group and in truth the one means for the Bucs to come back out on high is thru zero errors. However I simply can’t guess towards postseason Brady and the Bucs at residence. Tampa Bay finds a means.
Hudson’s Rating Prediction: Buccaneers 31, Rams 28
Hudson’s Season Report: 14-4