For a team led by Tom Brady, who has arguably appeared in more high-profile games than any other player, the Buccaneers have been surprisingly poor under the lights this season, losing two out of three, and struggling to beat the Giants in the one they did win!
Their latest prime-time predicament is how to get the better of an LA Rams side who looked hugely impressive in beating Seattle last week, and if the Buccs can put their stage fright behind them, the reward will be taking a huge step towards the post-season.
Our Top Odds Pick – Under 47.5 points – 10/11 at Paddy Power
If you like to see hard-hitting action with bodies flying everywhere and quarterbacks running for their lives, then this game could be for you, as two of the most fearsome defences in the league will be on show.
Both the Buccs and the Rams are top ten in yards allowed through the air and top five in the same metric on the ground, and in Aaron Donald, the Rams in particular have a sack machine who has got to the opposing quarterback nine times already this campaign.
Not that the Buccs are too shabby in that department either, with an average of over three sacks a game, which for us, all adds up to a low-scoring affair at Raymond James Stadium.
Our Extra Pick – Jared Goff Under 279.5 Passing Yards – 9/10 at 888sport
The last thing a quarterback who struggles under pressure needs is the loss of his best offensive linesman, but that is the grim reality for Rams QB Jared Goff, and Andrew Whitworth’s absence could severely reduce the time he has on the ball.
Whitworth’s absence may also affect the creation of running lanes for the Rams running backs, which could also play into the hands of a lively Tampa pass rush.
Goff has also struggled on the road in recent years, and this is his sixth consecutive coast to coast away game this season, so much like the Democrats, we can’t see him having too much success in Florida.
Our Long Shot – Tom Brady to Score a Touchdown – 6/1 at bet365
Twinkle-toed Tom was at it again against Carolina last week, rushing for his third touchdown of the season, and only four quarterbacks have run for more scores this campaign.
And in a game where a bit of imagination may be needed to unlock a rampant Rams defence in the Red Zone, another Brady score wouldn’t surprise us at all.
Please note that all odds are correct at time of article publication, but may change.