The Rams are 6-3 and in second place of the NFC West. Before last week, the game against the Seahawks looked to be their toughest test of the season. But now I’d think that sentiment holds true once again heading into a matchup with the 7-2 Bucs this Sunday.
There’s nothing fun or convenient about going from one “toughest game of the year” to another.
Unsurprisingly, despite their recent win, the Rams are 3.5-point underdogs to the Bucs, according to CBS Sports.
“In the past seven games where the Rams have been an underdog, they’ve gone 1-6 straight-up and 3-4 ATS.” says author John Breech. “However, there is one reason to like the Rams and that’s the fact that Sean McVay has NEVER lost a regular season game to an NFC team in the eastern time zone. Since he was hired in 2017, the Rams have gone 6-0 both straight-up and ATS. As for the Buccaneers, Tom Brady is 10-3 straight up and 8-4-1 ATS in Monday games since the start of the 2010 season.”
So which historical tendency will break this weekend? Will the Rams win just their second game as an underdog under McVay or will the he drop his first game against an NFC team on the east coast?
This will certainly be one of the games the entire country will be keeping their eyes on.
And now for today’s links.
Andrew Whitworth’s injury is not season-ending (TheRams.com)
Sean McVay was pleased with the performance of his running backs on Sunday (TheRams.com)
The Rams are bringing in kicker Matt Gay (The Rams Wire)
Rams add players to IR (Ramblin’ Fan)
Nick Foles was injured in the final seconds of MNF (ESPN)
Week 11 power rankings (Pro Football Talk)
Week 10 winners and losers (CBS Sports)
Kirk Cousins won his first game on Monday Night Football (CBS Sports)
Drew Brees has a bunch of broken ribs (NFL.com)
A Giants player tested positive Tuesday morning (ESPN)