St. Louis Rams (0-1) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-1)
|Date & Time||Sunday September 14, 2014, 4:05 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Tampa Bay Buccaneers -5.5 -- Over/Under: 37
The St. Louis Rams and Tampa Bay Buccaneers both look for their first victory of the season when they meet at Raymond James Stadium.
The St. Louis Rams were crushed by the Minnesota Vikings in their opening game, 34-6. The Rams struggled mightily to move the football, as Austin Davis and Shaun Hill both threw an interception, and the ground game managed just three yards per carry. Austin Davis had the better game of the two quarterbacks, throwing for 192 yards, but the Rams were a horrible 4-14 on third down and couldn’t get the running game going at all. Zac Stacy led the Rams with 43 yards on 11 carries. It’s quite clear teams are going to stack the box and force the Rams inexperienced quarterbacks to beat them. Defensively, the St. Louis Rams allowed 346 yards and 21 second half points. Rodney McLeod led the Rams with seven tackles and E.J. Gaines had three tackles and two pass deflections.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers lost 20-14 to a Carolina Panthers squad that didn’t have Cam Newton. The Bucs managed just 264 yards, turned the ball over three times and didn’t score until the middle of the fourth quarter. Josh McCown did throw for two touchdowns and 183 yards, but he also had two interceptions. Jorvorskie Lane led the Buccaneers with 54 rushing yards on one carry, but that was pretty much the only big play Tampa Bay had all day. The Buccaneers simply had no answers on the offensive side of the ball but of course that has a lot to do with a loaded Carolina Panthers defense. Defensively, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers allowed 334 yards and only 10 points through the first three quarters. Lavonte David led the Bucs with 10 tackles and Gerald McCoy was the only player with a sack.
Both offenses are lost without a true quarterback, and both the Bucs and the Rams rely heavily on their defense. Forget trying to decide who wins this coin flip, I like the under in this matchup. As we saw in the first game, points are going to be tough to come by.