Los Angeles Rams (1-1) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-1)
|Date & Time||Sunday September 25, 2016, 4:05 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Tampa Bay Buccaneers -4.5 -- Over/Under: 42
The Los Angeles Rams and Tampa Bay Buccaneers square off in a NFC battle Sunday afternoon at Raymond James Stadium.
The Los Angeles Rams look to get a game above a .500 record and build on their upset win over the Seattle Seahawks. Case Keenum is completing 53.8 percent of his passes for 369 yards, zero touchdowns and two interceptions. Keenum has zero touchdown passes in his last three games. Kenny Britt and Lance Kendricks have combined for 237 receiving yards on 16 catches while Tavon Austin has nine receptions. The Los Angeles Rams ground game is averaging 64.5 yards per contest, and Todd Gurley leads the way with 98 yards on 36 carries. Defensively, Los Angeles is allowing 15.5 points and 367.8 yards per game. Alec Ogletree leads the Rams with 21 tackles, William Hayes has one sack and Mark Barron has three pass deflections.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers make their home debut and also hope to get a game above a .500 record. Jameis Winston is completing 59.5 percent of his passes for 524 yards, five touchdowns and five interceptions. Winston has nine touchdown passes in his last five games. Mike Evans and Adam Humphries have combined for 270 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Vincent Jackson has six receptions. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers ground game is averaging 87.5 yards per contest, and Doug Martin leads the way with 85 yards on 25 carries. Defensively, Tampa Bay is allowing 32 points and 395 yards per game. Kwon Alexander leads the Buccaneers with 24 tackles, Gerald McCoy has one sack and Bradley McDougald has two pass deflections.
The Rams are 15-36-1 ATS in their last 52 games in September and 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 road games. The Buccaneers are 18-40-1 ATS in their last 59 home games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Rams are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 meetings.
The Rams are on cloud nine after somehow beating the Seahawks once again. And while that's well and good, Los Angeles is still a team that has yet to produce a touchdown. The Buccaneers are simply the better football team here and should have little trouble winning this game as long as Winston stops throwing so many interceptions. Los Angeles has the long travel working against it and will have to deal with massive heat and humidity that will wear them down in the second half.
The Bucs and the reasonable line at home is one of the better bets of the weekend.