Los Angeles Rams will take on Tampa Bay Buccaneers in one of the most interesting matches of the NFL 2021 season, Week 3. Both sides opened the campaign with a 2-0 record and want to continue the run. The hosts will try to upset the defending champions, while the away side looks forward to booking another victory.
Los Angeles had a tight match in Indianapolis last weekend, but they managed to get back home with a win. On the other hand, Tampa Bay put a confident performance against the Falcons, which brought them a comfortable victory. If the Rams win this match, it will be their third 3-0 start in the last four seasons, while in case of an away victory, the Bucs will record their first 3-0 start since 2005.
Los Angeles Rams – Can they upset the champions?
The Rams made a confident start into the season, as they were better than the Bears and the Colts so far. The upcoming game will be their toughest challenge yet, as Tom Brady and the lads come to LA. Los Angeles aims for another participation in the playoffs, and the Packers stopped them in the second knockout round last season. The Rams had a 10-6 record, which was enough for second place in the NFC West.
Los Angeles plays very well at the home field, as they won seven times in the previous nine matches in their backyard. Matthew Stafford passed for 599 yards, five TDs, and one interception with 69.6% accuracy. He went 19-30 for 278 yards and two touchdowns against the Colts in a 27-24 victory. Robert Woods had eight interceptions, while Van Jefferson and Cooper Kupp combined for 365 receiving yards and four TDs. On the other hand, Taylor Rapp leads the Rams’ defense with 19 tackles, while Jalen Ramsey had one interception, and Justin Hollins logged two sacks.
Expected Line-Up (Offense): Sony Michel, Robert Woods, Cooper Kupp, Van Jefferson, Tyler Higbee, Andrew Whitworth, David Edwards, Brian Allen, Austin Corbett, Rob Havenstein
Expected Line-Up (Defense): A’Shawn Robinson, Sebastian Joseph-Day, Aaron Donald, Justin Hollins, Kenny Young, Troy Reeder, Chris Garrett, Darious Williams, Jordan Fuller, Taylor Rapp, Jalen Ramsey
Quarter Back: Matthew Stafford
Kicker: Matt Gray
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Will they continue the winning streak?
The Buccaneers also started their campaign well, and they go to this match after beating the Falcons 48-25. They had a more challenging game against the Cowboys in the season opener but still managed to beat them 31-29. It will be their first match away from home this season, and Tampa Bay heads to Los Angeles to face the Rams. The Bucs went to the Lombardi trophy glory last season, and they entered playoffs after an 11-5 record in the regular season.
Tom Brady was the key to their last weekend’s success again, as he passed for 276 yards on 24-36, getting five touchdowns. He is completing 65.1% of passes and threw for 655 yards, nine TDs, and two interceptions. Rob Gronkowski has 12 interceptions, while Antonio Brown and Chris Godwin combined for 305 receiving yards and three TDs. Leonard Fournette has 20 carries for 84 yards, while Lavonte Davis leads the Bucs’ defensive corps with 19 tackles. Mike Edwards has two interceptions, while Shaquil Barret logged one sack.
Expected Line-Up (Offense): Leonard Fournette, Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Antonio Brown, Rob Gronkowski, Donovan Smith, Ali Marpet, Ryan Jensen, Alex Cappa, Tristan Wirfs
Expected Line-Up (Defense): Ndamukong Suh, Vita Vea, William Gholston, Anthony Nelson, Devin White, Lavonte David, Shaquil Barrett, Carlton Davis, Antoine Winfield Jr., Jordan Whitehead, Jamel Dean
Quarter Back: Tom Brady
Kicker: Ryan Succop
Expert Pick #1 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers to Win ML @-125
It will be a close matchup, and the Rams are not without a chance of holding back the defending champions. However, the Bucs are on their ten-game winning run, and it shouldn’t end in Los Angeles. I trust them more and will take them to win in the moneyline market as the first pick.
Expert Pick #2 – Over 55.5 @-110
The Buccaneers have an explosive offense which can cause a lot of damage to the Rams’ defense. On the other hand, Tampa Bay is not so sharp defensively, and the hosts could take advantage of that. I anticipate an entertaining match here, which should go Over, and that’s going to be my second bet.
Expert Pick #3 – The Buccaneers to win by 7-12 margin @+425
I’ll take a long shot here and go with big odds for the third tip. Tampa Bay might not be as efficient as against the Falcons, but they can definitely get back home with a win. I’ll take them at the moderate margin here, and this pick might bring us a nice payout.