Who’d have thought that a battle between sides led by Sean McVay and Bruce Arians would have me excited about the defensive capabilities of both sides instead of the offensive firepower that both sides clearly have.
The Rams beat up the Seattle Seahawks in LA last week to really open up the NFC West and they did it with defense holding the guy who was the media’s unanimous MVP through the first half of the season, Russell Wilson scoreless whilst managing to pick him off twice as they held the ‘Hawks to only 16 points which is the first time all season the red-hot Seahawks offense have been kept under 27 points. A big reason for that as the fantastic Secondary play led by All-Pro, Jalen Ramsey who managed to keep DK Metcalf who has been on a tear all season to a measly 2 receptions from 4 targets for only 28 yards and that Secondary was helped by a Defensive Line which got after Russell Wilson Sacking him 6 times which took their total on the year to 31 which is the third highest in the NFL their Defense also ranks 3rd in yards allowed through the air allowing a measly average of 199 passing yards per game to opposition QB’s but this extremely talented pass defense will be tested in Florida tonight by arguably the best WR trio in the game..
Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and the newly acquired Antonio Brown make up that trio and they were all targeted evenly in the Bucs blowout win against the Panthers last week, all three caught at least 6 passes, all three posted over 65 yards and two of the three got themselves on the scoresheet as Tom Brady clearly understands if you have three pass catchers who could all be the #1 on most other teams, you use them. The Bucs defense is the leagues best against the run which could make life hard for the Rams as their play action game relies on the run game getting going first but the Seahawks also had a top 5 Run D and the Rams had no problem with them, interestingly the Bucs also have a top 10 pass defense in yards allowed and rank one place higher on the Sack charts than the Rams with 32.
Ultimately this is going to be a close contest between two teams with top tier defenses and offenses with tons of talent and fantastic play callers and whilst it should be a fantastic game to watch it makes a bit of a nightmare for us bettors but we’re going to go with Mike Evans to find himself on the scoresheet. The big wide receiver has emerged as Brady’s favourite Redzone target and with 8 TD’s and has scored in both previous games against the Los Angeles Rams.
PREDICTION: Bucs 27 – 24 Rams
BEST BET: Mike Evans anytime TD – 7/5 with Betfair. 1 point bet.