Rams Buccaneers Betting – Surging Rams Look To Stay Red Hot Against Buccaneers Sunday
After the worst season in franchise history, it appears the night really was the darkest before the dawn, as the St. Louis Rams have bounced back from consecutive losses to open the season as winners of three of their last four. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers faced similar circumstances in a tough 2009-10, in which they finished in the basement of the NFC South, but after consecutive wins to open the year, have now lost two of their last three.
NFL Betting: St. Louis Rams @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Online Sports Betting: Buccaneers – 2.5
The most recent Buccaneers’ loss to the New Orleans Saints has the team looking up at both the Saints and Atlanta Falcons for division supremacy, while the Rams have managed to climb within a half-game of the Arizona Cardinals and Seattle Seahawks for first in the NFC West. Any betting on NFL prognosticator that would have guessed this game between Tampa Bay and St. Louis can very well send the winner into first in their division would have been dismissed before the season started, but now it is a reality.
Why To Bet On The Rams?
The Rams proved in Sunday’s win over the San Diego Chargers that they are legitimate, beating the defending AFC West champions 20-17 in a betting thriller. While running back Stephen Jackson rumbled for over 100 yards once again, the difference this season has been quarterback Sam Bradford, who continued his amazing development as a rookie by throwing for close to 200 yards and a touchdown, while more importantly not turning over the ball over. The defense has come alive in head coach Steve Spagnuolo’s second season on the sidelines, with James Hall, Chris Long, and Larry Grant each registering three sacks, and will continue to bring the heat on the road. St. Louis has now beaten three quality opponents in the last four weeks and are playing with the betting confidence of a playoff team.
Why To Bet On The Buccaneers?
The Buccaneers looked tentative in the loss to New Orleans, and it may have been because of the disparity in talent for both teams. The Buccaneers have won games this year, but a look at their schedule shows they’ve taken down only the Cincinnati Bengals as a team they should have been considered an underdog to, with the lowly Cleveland Browns and Carolina Panthers the other two. Still, Tampa Bay is due to bounce back eventually, and after a couple of big wins the Rams could be due for a letdown this weekend.
How The Game Will Play Out
The Buccaneers have climbed above .500 by doing just enough to beat below-average teams, but after a big win over San Diego, it no longer seems as though St. Louis deserves to be in that category. The Rams’ next challenge will be winning big on the road, and that could very well happen this weekend in Tampa Bay.
Rams Buccaneers Betting Pick: Rams + 2.5