St. Louis Rams vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Pick-Odds-Prediction 12/22/13
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-10) at St. Louis Rams (6-8)
NFL Football: Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 1:00 pm (Edward Jones Dome)
The Line: St. Louis Rams -5 -- Over/Under: 43 See the Latest Odds
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers travel to St. Louis to play the Rams on Sunday.
The Buccaneers dropped to 4-10 on the year after losing at home to San Francisco 33-14 last weekend. Tampa Bay produced only 183 yards against the 49ers, with only 39 coming on the ground. The Bucs turned the ball over twice and QB Mike Glennon was sacked four times. Glennon completed 18 of 34 passes for 179 yards with 2 touchdowns and 1 interception. WR Wright led the Bucs with 7 catches for 82 yards and a score. RB Rainey carried the ball 11 times for only 27 yards. Tampa Bay’s defense allowed 376 total yards to San Francisco and did not force any turnovers, while only getting the quarterback twice in the loss. The loss might amount to head coach Greg Schiano’s last stand in Tampa Bay. Tampa Bay has won four out of their last six games, but they have failed to beat some of the elite teams in the league this season. Glennon has passed for over 2,200 yards with 17 touchdowns, while WR Vincent Jackson has a team-high 69 grabs for 1,091 yards and 7 touchdowns. The defense ranks 15th against the pass, 234.9 yards per game, and 15th against the rush, giving up 109.6 yards per game. The offense has been the biggest problem as they rank 32nd in passing yards, 178 per game, and 22nd in rushing yards at 105.6 per contest. Tampa Bay will have to bounce back on the road where they are 1-5 this season.
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The St. Louis Rams improved to 6-8 on the year after beating the New Orleans Saints 27-16 last weekend. The Rams produced 302 total yards, with 144 coming on the ground. St. Louis did not have any miscues, while forcing the saints into three turnovers and sacking QB Drew Brees 4 times in the win. QB Kellen Clemens threw for two touchdowns in the first quarter, matching his best performance in seven games as the fill-in starter for Sam Bradford. Clemens completed 14 of 20 passes for 158 yards, while WR Pettis caught 4 balls for 41 yards. RB Zac Stacy carried the ball 28 times for 133 yards and a touchdown. On defense, the Rams gave up 432 total yards but they played great in the red zone and forced the Saints into some miscues offensively. Rams DE Robert Quinn wreaked havoc on Drew Brees and the Saints offense all day. On the year, the Rams have been up and down all season long but this was the biggest win for the team. Clemens has thrown for 1,358 yards and 7 touchdowns in seven games for the Rams, while Stacy has rushed for 854 yards and 6 scores this season. The Rams rank in the middle of the pack in almost every statistical category this season. However, they have not played well against the pass defensively, giving up over 257 yards per game. The offense hasn’t passed the ball well either, averaging only 202.3 yards per game thru the air which ranks 27th in the league. This will be St. Louis’s final home game; the Rams are 4-3 at home this season.
These two teams have split the last four meetings with St. Louis winning the game last year in Tampa by 15 points. I think the Rams will be motivated after beating the Saints and having their final home game on Sunday. Tampa will have to pass the ball affectively or they will have trouble scoring points in this game. I think Clemens will have some success passing the ball and Stacy will find some holes to run against a Bucs team that just wants the season to be over. I’m taking the home team to win by a touchdown on Sunday.