This Sunday the Los Angeles Rams (3-0) will host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-2). Kickoff is set for 4:05 EST at the LA Memorial Coliseum and will be televised locally on FOX.
Oddsmakers opened up this line with the Rams at -10 but it’s dropped down at a number of books to Los Angeles -9.5. The total opened at 48.5 and that’s where it sits at most books with some jumping it up to 49.
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Rams vs Buccaneers Vegas Odds & Game Preview
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Bucs are likely having a hard time figuring out how they ended up on the losing side of last week’s home game against the Giants. Tampa Bay jumped out to a 28-10 lead at the half and the Giants were down star running back Saquon Barkley.
All signs pointed to the Bucs coasting to a win, but then came the breakout performance of rookie quarterback Daniel Jones. He threw for 336 yards and 2 scores and rushed for another 2 touchdowns, leading the Giants back for a thrilling 32-31 lead.
With 4 of their next 5 games on the road, Tampa Bay is in serious danger of completely falling out of the NFC playoff race before we hit the halfway point.
Los Angeles Rams
The Rams come into this one off a hard fought 20-13 win at Cleveland on Sunday Night Football. The Rams were sloppy most of the game, but once again found a way to win without a strong showing from the offense.
The biggest concern for the 3-0 Rams to this point has to be the struggles of quarterback Jared Goff.
Not a lot to look at here, as these two last played in Week 3 of the 2016 season. Rams won that contest 37-32 as a 3.5-point road dog. He’s only thrown for 738 yards in 3 games and has just 4 TD passes to 3 interceptions. Last year at this point, Goff had 941 yards with a 6-2 TD-INT ratio.
Considering they beat a hobbled Cam Newton in Week 1, beat New Orleans after they lost Drew Brees to injury and beat what looks like an overrated Cleveland team, I still need to see more out of this team before I’m ready to call them one of the favorites in the NFC.
Free Point Spread Pick & Predictions: Buccaneers +10
My early lean here would be take the points with Tampa Bay as a double-digit underdog. I just feel like this is just too good a price to pass up with the Bucs. I think we are seeing the books drastically inflate the line here on the Rams after they cost them a ton of money early. Not only is LA 3-0 SU, but they are also 3-0 ATS. Their win and cover over the Browns last week cost the books big time.
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I really don’t think the Rams are as good as people think right now. McVay was able to make Goff look better than he ever was, but I think Bill Belichick and the Patriots exposed him for the poor quarterback that he is. On top of that, Todd Gurley is not the same back that he was at this time last year. The explosive Rams offense has been mediocre at best and I don’t think it’s going to get a whole lot better.
I’ll be the first to admit that I’m also not a big Jameis Winston fan, but I do love Tampa Bay head coach Bruce Arians. I know the Bucs come into this game at 1-2, but they could easily be 3-0. They had an epic collapse last week against the Giants and in Week 1 they only trailed the 49ers by 3-points in the 4th quarter and actually outgained SF 295 to 265.
Rams have only covered 4 of their last 15 home games vs a team with a losing road record and the Bucs are a solid 5-0-1 ATS in their last 6 off a SU loss and are 3-0-1 ATS last 4 on the road. Give me Tampa Bay +10!