Written By: Sal Vassallo
It’s time for another Monday Night Throwdown!!! This week’s matchup features the Los Angeles Rams (6-3) facing off against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-3).
The Rams are coming off a huge home win against Seattle in a game in which the Rams defense held Seattle to 16 points while forcing 3 Russell Wilson turnovers. For Tom Brady and the Bucs, they bounced back nicely against Carolina, scoring nearly 50 points after getting beaten down by the Saints in week 9. After the Bucs offense scored just three points against New Orleans, Brady led the way for the Bucs tossing for 341 yards and 3 TDs. Troubled receiver Antonio Brown caught seven passes for 69 yards in his second game in Tampa Bay. This matchup brings up an interesting rematch as Tom Brady goes up against the Los Angeles Rams whom he beat in the super bowl a few years ago.
It’ll be interesting to see how Brady fairs against a much tougher Rams team who boast the 2nd best passing defense in the NFL. Still, with so many weapons including Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Antonio Brown, Rob Gronkowski, and Leonard Fournette, Sean McVay’s defense will be tested for sure. As for the Rams offense, it is nothing to laugh at either. While the Rams defense has shined this year, their offense has done big things as well, having the 6th highest total yards per game in the NFL. While they average a lot of yards, the Rams at times have not been able to covert the red zone opportunities into points as their 62% red-zone TD percentage is good for 13th in the NFL. While that’s not a bad number at all, Goff and the Rams will have to put up points if they want to hang with the Bucs, something they are very capable of doing.
Talking about the two Quarterbacks, both QBs have had their ups and downs this season. For Tom Brady, you could point to games such as the New Orleans game in week 9 or the week 6 matchup against Green Bay in which Brady had trouble sparking the offense. Although, Tampa’s defense and Ronald Jones were able to bail out Brady against Green Bay. Overall, looking at the numbers, Brady has been solid in his first year in Tampa, passing for 2739 yards, 23 TDs, and 9 INTs, with a solid 66% completion percentage. At age 43 and playing under the pressure of a new offense for the first time in his entire NFL career, Brady has really done spectacularly, as expected, given all he accomplished in New England. Jared Goff has also had his bad games against the Chicago Bears in week 8 or the Giants in week 5. Both times Goff passed for under 220 yards but his defense bailed him out with wins.
In any event, this matchup is a must-see football game. A potent Bucs offense against a solid Rams defense, Goff gets his rematch against Brady. Two teams with the same record in the loss column. The game starts on ESPN at 8:15.
SCORE PREDICTION: Bucs 28 Rams 21
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