Staff Score Predictions: Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Los Angeles Rams

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-5) have lost three straight and five of their last six games. It’s been a lousy stretch that has the season on the verge of going completely off the wheels. However, it looks like there may be some confidence in the building ahead of a home game with the Los Angeles Rams (3-4) on Sunday afternoon. Both teams were considered potential Super Bowl contenders heading into the year, but were anything but going into the midseason.

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A plethora of injuries and the league’s worst running game sent the Buccaneers off course. On the other hand, offensive inconsistencies plagued the Rams. In three wins, the team scored 20 or more points. In four losses, that number drops to 14 or less. It may be the perfect time for the Tampa Bay defense to get the opportunity to bounce back as Los Angeles holds the NFL’s second-worst running game. The unit is finally getting some starters as it looks like Carlton Davis, Sean Murphy-Bunting and Akiem Hicks will be playing while Antoine Winfield Jr. progresses through concussion protocol. That being said, this will be the first game without star passing thrower Shaq Barrett and it will be interesting to see how they adapt.

The Buccaneers have struggled a lot on offense and there’s no guarantee it will go any better against the Rams. Los Angeles has the defense ranked fifth in the league but is allowing 22.4 points per game. Quarterback Tom Brady has expressed his frustrations and he likely wants revenge after falling on this team in the 2021 playoffs.

Our staff provide their predictions as the Buccaneers and Rams face off for the first time since the playoffs last year.

Dustin Lewis (@Dusstin)

In what surprised me, the Buccaneers opted out of the trade at Tuesday’s deadline. It tells me that the front office, the coaching staff and the squad still have some sort of belief that they can rekindle something in the second half of the season. The team is certainly healthier and a few extra days off have hopefully allowed everyone to regroup and be on the same page.

It’s a very difficult game to predict with Tampa Bay and Los Angeles both struggling. After all, these are two teams that are less than a year away from facing each other in the playoffs – with the Rams going on to win it all.

The defense is going to have their hands full with wide receiver Cooper Kupp expected to play. However, I feel like quarterback Tom Brady and the offense are finally going to click. Brady will make enough plays to retire this one in the fourth quarter.

Season prediction record: 6-2

Buccaneers 24, Rams 17

Logan Robinson (@LogansTwitty)

For some reason, my gut tells me this Buccaneers team is going to answer Sunday afternoon against the Rams. It’s a huge game for two players on both sides of the ball. Devin White to silence the critics and Tom Brady to take the chatter off the field and get back to winning games.

The Rams are a vulnerable team, but they will play better than they did against the 49ers last weekend. Byron Leftwich MUST keep the game going not reliant on Brady throwing continuously, which in recent games has been risky with defenders very close to grabbing the takeaway.

I think the Bucs are responding and getting back into the win column against Sean McVay and the defending Super Bowl champions.

Season prediction record: 4-4

Buccaneers 31, Rams 24

David Harrison (@DHarrison82)

If there’s a game for this Bucs team to rally around and try to silence the corporate media…it’s this one. One of those recent Super Bowl champions is going to drop yet another game, and that’s the Rams.

Season prediction record: 3-5

Buccaneers 31, Rams 17

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Collin Haalboom (@SI_Buccaneers)

There’s no denying that the Rams and Bucs have been two of the most disappointing teams in the NFL this season. They are also the two teams that most recently won the Lombardi Trophy. Although neither of them play like that, the Rams and Buccaneers have enough talent and experience to turn things around.

Both teams have star power, but they also have instability along their offensive lines and, like every team in the league, injury issues. One thing that works in the Rams’ favor is the total dominance that Sean McVay’s offenses have displayed over Todd Bowles’ defenses. The numbers are staggering, and the Rams outplayed the Bucs in large part due to McVay’s ability to customize his offensive game plan to attack weaknesses in the Bucs’ defense.

That said, the synapse of the Rams’ offense — world wide receiver Cooper Kupp — is dealing with an ankle injury. And even if he adapts to this game, it’s hard to believe he’ll be anywhere near 100%. This, combined with the fact that the Bucs will be playing at home and are desperate for a win, I think Tampa Bay finds a way to pull off a narrow win in this one and get back into the win column.

Season prediction record: 5-3* (married week 3)

Buccaneers 24, Rams 21

Caleb Skinner (@chsnole)

After losing 5 of their last 6 games, the Buccaneers desperately need a win. They currently still have a chance to win the NFC South and a victory against the struggling Los Angeles Rams could move things in the right direction. With Tom Brady’s personal affairs now made public, he may not be as distracted as he seemed to be for the majority of the season.

The Buccaneers finally look healthy as Hicks, Carlton Davis III, SMB and Winfield Jr. could all make a comeback this Sunday. I expect this game to be weak as both offenses are still struggling to figure things out, but in the end – with a semi-sound defense – the Bucs get a much-needed win through a late turnover.

Season prediction record: 4-4

Buccaneers 31, Rams 20

Jon Conahan (@JonConahan)

The Buccaneers tackle a tough task this Sunday. Los Angeles has also struggled, but we all know that can change at any time. However, it won’t be this week. Tampa Bay will walk away with a narrow and much-needed victory.

Season prediction record: 5-3

Buccaneers 24, Rams 21

Maddox Nebel (@MaddoxNebel)

A heavyweight clash over the past two years is now a match between two teams struggling to stay above .500. The Rams played better this year, which ended in a win.

Season prediction record: 5-3

Rams 23, Buccaneers 14

CONSENSUS: Buccaneers (6-1)

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