It was a Wild West shootout the last time the Bucs played the Rams in Los Angeles. In Bruce Arians’ first year as head coach Tampa Bay prevailed 55-40. The Bucs survived 517 yards passing and two touchdowns from Jared Goff, who threw the ball 68 times against a young and inexperienced secondary.

L.A. avenged that loss last year in Tampa Bay, beating the Bucs, 27-24, on Monday Night Football.

Now it’s the Bucs’ turn for revenge. At least that’s the approach Bucs wide receiver Mike Evans is taking heading into this week’s rematch with the Rams in the new SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles.

“Sure,” Evans said. “Why not? I mean they’re a good team. They’re in the NFC. We’re in the NFC. We might have to meet them down the road again. We definitely want that win, though.”

Both teams are 2-0 heading into Sunday’s game with the Rams coming off a 27-24 win over the Colts last week. The Bucs beat the Falcons, 48-25, and started the season undefeated at home. Now Tampa Bay hits the road for the first time against one of the teams that is mentioned as a possible Super Bowl contender in the NFC.

Bucs WR Mike Evans

Bucs WR Mike Evans – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

“I mean we played them close last year and they beat us,” Evans said. “I actually wanted to play them in the playoffs just to avenge that loss as well. But, we get to go to L.A. The stadium looks really nice. I’m looking forward to seeing what the new stadium is like and hopefully we can come out of there with a W.”

The Rams traded Goff to the Lions in the offseason in exchange for a more experienced quarterback in Matthew Stafford. In his first two games in L.A., Stafford has passed for 599 yards with five touchdowns and one interception.

Meanwhile, Evans scored his first two touchdowns of the season for the Bucs last week, and has eight catches for 99 yards in two games. Evans had five catches for 49 yards and a touchdown in last year’s game against the Rams, and seven receptions for 89 yards and a TD in L.A. in 2019.

Tampa Bay has the league’s highest-scoring offense, averaging 39.5 points per game. But the Bucs don’t believe they have played a full 60 minutes of focused football yet.

“We’re trying to do something special as an offense this year,” Evans said. “We did pretty [well Sunday] making plays. Obviously, there is still more out there.

“I mean we’ve got to stay engaged. I mean, third-and-1 we didn’t get one time. Fourth-and-1 we didn’t get it. Times like that as an offense we want to be out there. We want to get those first downs and make those plays. We’ve just got to be locked in and engaged at all times if we want to get where we want to go.”

The Bucs are going to L.A. on Sunday with revenge on their mind – and a 3-0 start.

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About the Author: Scott Reynolds

Scott Reynolds is in his 25th year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds spent six years giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: sr@pewterreport.com
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fredster
1 month ago

If Bucs don’t beat themselves with turnovers and penalties they can beat Rams or anyone. I hope they take Rams down! Secondary and everyone better tackle better though if going play that off coverage crap again.

TBChucky
1 month ago

If we bring our “A game” I think we win. Definitely going to be a challenge, but LA could be our biggest opponent in the conference this season. Should be a great game! Go Bucs!! Keep the streak going!

surferdudes
1 month ago

Think getting out on the road might actually be good for the Bucs. Three home games in a row including the S.B., time to get out of Dodge. Crowd noise aside, sometimes I think there’s less pressure being on the road, than dealing with not disappointing the home crowd, and family. Looking forward to seeing them at that new stadium, because that’s where we’re going to win this years super bowl. Go Bucs!!

Eddie
Reply to  surferdudes
1 month ago

Not as hot too. Maybe some of the offense line won’t be so gassed by the third quarter. Someone like #76 on left side offense line. He gave up on the 1st sack on Brady this last week.

DMIbucs98
1 month ago

I think we can come out with a good W. It’s going to a little tougher with the travel and time but it’s the NFL. Should/will be used to it. I feel like the defense can really shine this game. That Unit is really close. Last game I felt DC T. Bowles called really really good game and the team was just inches away from a play. Seen 4 would be saccs that wasn’t due to M. Ryan poccet awareness, TB guys fallen over each other, over pursuit, not disengaging and shedding the bloccer, which leads that slight inside jersey… Read more »

DMIbucs98
1 month ago

The offense should keep grooving and play hard. Only concern si if they can’t run the ball straight up, why not spread it out and have more pass looks to run out of. Some drawls, delays, PRO(flipped run pass, for pass run) with the pass being the first look. Could use different paccages, formations, and plays. Like a triple threat using the pass PRO(coining it), run, mixing in screens and play action(be pass first, fake the draw/delay, pass over the linebaccers in between the hashes) I saw three Revenge games(not in division), LArams, NEpatriots, CHIbears. As an Iowa fan since… Read more »

cgmaster27
1 month ago

Gonna be a damn tough game. We need to eliminate the costly penalties first and foremost. We don’t stop ourselves, no team can stop this offense. Even with Ramsey back there, you just can’t cover everyone. As long as our running backs don’t do anything stupid we should win this one. I am worried about Kupp and I would just have Carlton shadow him all game, and throw Edwards in the slot. Would love to see a splash play from White as well. He’s been real quiet from what I’ve been expecting from him since the way he finished last… Read more »

bucballer
Reply to  cgmaster27
1 month ago

I was thinking the same thing CG! I was expecting a little more fireworks out of White here in the early going. It’s only two games…I know. I think White goes off at Rams. Also, we must remember his pick 6 was called back. He’s playing well, I think there’s another gear for White and he finds it in LA.

Eddie
1 month ago

We need a huge power back that can get 1 yd whenever we need to get out of these failed short yardage situation.

MIArmysoldier
Reply to  Eddie
1 month ago

We have one- his name is Vita Vea. Same role that Warren Sapp used to do- up the middle like an FB or split out like a TE.

bucballer
Reply to  Eddie
1 month ago

We have him in Vea! Vea used to play RB. U already use him as a blocker in ur Heavy short yardage unit. Just hand him the ball. I’ll put money on Vea converting on 4th and 1 or 4th and Goal. He’s an athlete!

DMIbucs98
Reply to  Eddie
1 month ago

Both baccs have the physical ability to do so and I think that’s the problem. All physical gifts and no fundamentals. no vision, stone hands, inept bloccers. It’s hard for someone to try to push the whole pile of 8 men 6’2+ and all 290lbs+ at 6′ 215-235lbs. Also I think there needs to be a meeting between the RB coach, O-line coach, Run Game coordinator and OC to get on the same page. It just like a “Sum of moving Parts”.

bucballer
1 month ago

We’ve played Stafford many times. We r familiar with what he can do. All things being what they r, Bucs should win this week at Rams simply because I think from top to bottom the Bucs r simply more talented as a whole. It’s that simple. Our talent will come through for us when the game is on the line. This I believe. Only self destruction can stop this Buc offense. I think, like Brady believes, that this offense can improve. That’s a scary proposition for their opponents! In order to be the man, u gotta beat the man… I… Read more »

aredsoxfan1
1 month ago

This won’t be a popular sentiment on here, but I am guessing this week will be the first loss of the season. Rams got a very good team and its always tough making the long road trip to the west coast. I’m thinking we lose but hopefully the boys play their first real good game of the year and walk away with a win. Glad we aren’t playing the entire NFC west this year. That division looks stacked. The good part of the division being so stacked is it will make it tough for any of those teams to beat… Read more »

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