The Bucs got throttled by the 49ers in Week 1 and then suffered a very disappointing loss to the New York Giants in Tampa last week. Their defense has allowed 30+ points in two of their first three games, and now look to right the ship by slowing down a Rams’ offense which could take off at any time.
Do the Rams see a second straight 4-0 start to their season? The Turf Show Times’ staff make their predictions...
No way Winston can be productive on offense against the Rams defense. If the Rams’ offense can get it together then it should be blow out, 39-3 .If not another 23-10 win. Why the difference between blow out and this slim win. Rams’ offense can’t figure out six man front leading Goff to have another 2 or 3 turnover performance which Bucs turn into easy TD score. Crossing my fingers. Figure it out, fix it and blow Tampa Bay away
Prediction: Rams win, 39-3...or 23-10
Eddie Perez (@iAmEddieP_)
The Rams have become a defensive team, and that’s cool. Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib will have their hands full with Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, but they could handle ‘em. Cory Littleton will be busy with the duo of Peyton Barber/Ronald Jones, but he’s grown into an All-Pro. Oh, can’t forget Orange Juice Howard. The Rams’ D can handle ‘em all.
Prediction: Rams win, 27-17
Skye Sverdlin (@skyeattolah)
The Bucs have some nice pieces, but are going to be spiritually drained from last week’s collapse at the hands of Danny Dimes. The Rams should have exploited the Browns secondary to a greater extent than they did, but this time they flex at home against Tampa/St Pete. The Bucs pair of tackles is too weak to allow Jameis to find comfort. The Rams eat this week.
Prediction: Rams win, 41-13
Kristian Ramirez (@KristianRamirez)
It’s my birthday on Sunday, so obviously the Rams owe it me personally to win in glorious fashion. Happy birthday to me.
Prediction: Rams win 50-6
Is this the week the Rams offense finally clicks? Are we going to see Jared throw for 400/4, Todd go for 200 all-purpose and 2 TDs (on 15 touches) and all 3 WRs go over 100 yards?! Eh, probably not. But it would be nice to see a little more sizzle as we start to shed the “Rams are still playing preseason games” nonsense and look to wrap the first 25% of the season with a perfect record. Tampa Bay’s D had seemingly improved until we saw Danny Dimes shred them to overcome an 18-point deficit in his debut. End of the day, Jameis Winston is still licking his crab-juice encrusted fingers and making poor decisions, and Aqib Talib is not Janoris Jenkins, who Mike Evans roasted repeatedly last week. Rams D at home will shut down a poor TB rushing attack and force Lameis into some turnovers. McVay will take what’s there and run up the middle on former Rams great Ndamukong Suh, and also involve his RBs in the passing game for a change. Jared Goff will eclipse 300 yards and 3 TDs (2 to Bobby Trees), and the Rams will play their most complete game of the season in a blowout.
Prediction: Rams win, 44-24
Elijah Kim (@Big_EZK)
The Rams host the Buccaneers after an ugly victory in Cleveland. Questions are going to run rampant. Why did Gurley look like he was running in molasses? Why was Jared Goff very off?Regardless, the Rams defense has quietly carried the team for the most part (albeit not that great against the Panthers and a Brees-less Saints team). Jameis Winston is known to be a bit turnover prone and I believe that’ll only give the Rams offense extra chances to try and get back on track.
Prediction: Rams win, 28-17
Brennan Smith (@BrennanJSmith)
I’m still hesitant to predict that the Rams offense will come alive, but if there’s a game to do it, it’s this one at home against the Buccaneers. I think Mike Evans is the biggest challenge in this game for a thus far lockdown Rams secondary, but Tampa Bay’s run game isn’t intimidating and Los Angeles’ pass rushers should be able to get upfield and pressure Jameis Winston. On the other side, Jared Goff needs to get the ball out faster and avoid throwing late on play action. Watch out for the homecoming of Ndamukong Suh as well. I’m predicting the Rams will get more production out of Todd Gurley, play sound defense and secure a 30-13 win.
Prediction: Rams win, 30-13
Joey Aucoin (@LARamsRamsRams)
Man, the Bucs run defense looks tough. One more game where Goff throws too much? Yes, please.
Prediction: Rams win, 35-9
Sosa Kremenjas (@QBsMVP)
The Rams are far more talented than the Bucs are. Offensively, they’re coming off a game against the Cleveland Browns where they didn’t look the greatest, though the hope is the Rams can adjust and fix the minor issues that plagued them offensively in that contest. Defensively, they were swarming and look to be a highly improved unit in 2019. Quarterback Jameis Winston is a turnover machine who loves to hold the ball way too long, allowing defenses to rack up unnecessary sacks. Not to mention, the Bucs lack the secondary to contain the Rams’ weapons. I think the offense will put forth a better performance than they did on Sunday night, and the defense will continue their ability to make plays.
Prediction: Rams win, 28-20
Sean Wilkinson (@Papa_Lurch)
The Rams are good. The Bucs aren’t.
Prediction: Rams win, 30-16
Prediction: Rams win, 42-37
Brandon Bate (@NoPlanB_)
The Buccaneers have been extremely tough to run on to start the season. They held Panthers’ RB Christian McCaffrey to 37 yards on 16 carries (2.3 ypc) and Saquon Barkley, prior to leaving the game early, had 8 carries for 10 yards (1.2 ypc). And they currently rank 6th in the NFL defending the run, allowing only 69.7 yards per contest. That could pose an issue for the Rams’ rushing attack this Sunday.
That said, there’s no way they fly across the country and punch the Rams in the mouth in the Coliseum. I’ll give the 49ers some credit for beating up on the Bucs in Week 1 — they look like a tough team. But to allow the Giants to come into their stadium and put up 32 points - without their best player for the majority of the game - and walk away victors is telling.
I’ve got my concerns the Rams’ rushing attack hits its stride this Sunday, but that just means Jared Goff bounces back and shreds the Bucs’ defense through the air this weekend.
Prediction: Rams win, 31-16