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Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Los Angeles Rams Betting Preview/Player Prop

26 September 2021

Two of the top teams in the NFL are set to meet up on Sunday afternoon for what should be one of the best games of the entire day. The Los Angeles Rams host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a battle of 2-0 teams.

Tampa Bay is the defending Super Bowl champion, and they have looked the part through the first two games of the season. The Buccaneers survived an upset scare in Week 1 against Dallas but then rolled to a win over Atlanta in Week 2.

Los Angeles went into Indianapolis last weekend and took care of the Colts, and that came after a blowout win over the Bears in Week 1. The Rams are in a loaded AFC West Division, and they will need to rack up every win that it can.

The Los Angeles Rams are 1.5-point favorites over the defending champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 3.

Bucs Will Give Up Some Points

Tampa Bay is allowing 27.0 points per game this season, and that is despite having a defense that is loaded with talent. The Buccaneers have been great against the run, but they are allowing nearly 330 passing yards per game.

Quarterback Tom Brady is putting up ridiculous numbers again this season, and he has plenty of weapons to throw the ball to. Brady has thrown for 655 yards and nine touchdowns already in 2021, and it could be another record-setting year for the veteran.

Tampa Bay does need to find a way to get the run game going, as they are averaging just 67 rushing yards per game.

Rams Need to Run

If the Rams are going to give their defense a chance to win this game, then they will have to run the football. Los Angeles is averaging just 87.5 rushing yards per game, but they have the ability to run it better than that.

Quarterback Matthew Stafford has been sharp since putting on a Rams uniform to begin the year. Stafford has thrown for 599 yards and five touchdowns, and Cooper Kupp has been the recipient of three of those touchdown passes.

Aaron Donald and Leonard Floyd are two of the best pass rushers in football, and they must find a way to get pressure on Tom Brady to win this game.

Rams Remain Perfect

This game will feature two of the most talented teams in the NFL, and each team is solid on both sides of the ball. The offenses will get most of the attention in this matchup, but each team has a defense capable of completely shutting down the other team.

Playing this game in Los Angeles will give the Rams a nice boost, and they looked sharp on their home field in the season opener. Tampa Bay has proven that it can win games anywhere, but this will be one of the toughest road tests of the entire season.

This should be a tight game throughout, but the Rams will pick up a late score to win the game and cover the spread. Bet on the Los Angeles Rams -1.5 as they find a way to stay undefeated with an impressive win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Player Prop

Cooper Kupp (-145) To Score A TD

The Rams offense has certainly been more productive with new QB Matthew Stafford at the helm and no one has enjoyed the break out campaign more than Kupp thus far.

The former Eastern Washington receiver had a big season last year with Jared Goff at quarterback as he finished with 92 catches for 974 yards. But he only found the end zone three times compared to 10 the previous season, no doubt one of the things the LA front office was looking at when they made the trade for Stafford in the off-season.

And so far, the chemistry between Kupp and Stafford looks to be off the charts. With 16 catches and 271 yards through the first two games, Kupp is on pace for an eye-popping 136 catches and 2,304 yards. That’s also resulted in three trips to the end zone, as many as he had all last season.

We’ll continue to ride the hot combo and take Kupp (-145) today to score another TD against the Bucs.

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