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St. Louis Rams vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Five Bucs To Watch

Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

The St. Louis Rams and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will play on Thursday Night Football, in a game that has no playoff implications, but should be an interesting game for fans.

This week the Rams will attempt to win their sixth game of the season and attempt to get their head coach Jeff Fisher his first 8 win season with the Rams.

If the Rams are going to win this week they will have to watch these five Buccaneers.

QB Jameis Winston

The Bucs drafted Winston first overall in the NFL Draft to be their franchise quarterback. Like any rookie QB he has shown some brilliance and has shown some disappointments. The Bucs have started to limit passes from Winston, trying to make him throw the ball less than 30 times and having him be a game manager.

Winston has been a solid QB, but has also been prone to mistakes throwing 11 interceptions. Winston has some mobility and has the accuracy to throw through tight windows. Against a defense that pressures quarterbacks like the Rams do, it will be an intriguing test for a rookie that is not afraid to throw the ball up to his playmakers.

RB Doug Martin

After two terrible seasons, Martin has rebounded with a great season, rushing for 1,214 yards and five touchdowns. The Bucs only rushed Martin 11 times against the Saints, but he finished the game with 81 rushing yards and a touchdown.

The Rams will have to stop Martin on the ground and make the Bucs throw passes with Winston. If Martin gashes the Rams defense on the ground there is a good chance that the Rams lose.

WR Mike Evans

Evans has been the number one guy for the Bucs since they drafted him in 2014. Evans has not been the touchdown machine that he was last season, catching three touchdowns instead of the 12 that he had in his rookie season. 

The Rams have handled number one receivers this season. With Vincent Jackson out this week, the Bucs will need their top receiver to make plays.

TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins

The Bucs drafted Seferian-Jenkins in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft to give their offense another weapon on the field, unfortunately for the Bucs he has barely been on the field, playing 13 games in his first two seasons combined. This season Seferian-Jenkins has 13 receptions, 201 yards, two touchdowns, he has only played four games this season.

One of the biggest weaknesses for the Rams defense has been defending good tight ends. Although Seferian-Jenkins has only six catches for 62 yards in the last two games, he has shown flashes of big play ability. In the first game of the season he caught five receptions for 110 yards and two touchdowns.

LB Lavonte David

Remember when the Rams chose Isaiah Pead over David? Well, David has been a good playmaker on the defensive side of the ball for the Bucs. So far this season David has 118 tackles, two sacks, three interceptions, and 12 pass deflections.

Against the New Orleans Saints David finished the day with 13 tackles and two pass deflections. David will be used all over the field to help defend the Rams horrible pass catchers, and it will be a surprise if he does not meet with Todd Gurley on the field.