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Bucs game day is approaching, and it’s time for the PewterReport.com staff to offer up its weekly game predictions. Let us know what you think in the article comments section and add your prediction, too.

BUCCANEERS at RAMS

WHEN: Sunday, September 26, 2021 | WHERE: SoFi Stadium | KICKOFF: 4:25 p.m. ET | TV: FOX

PLAY-BY-PLAY: Joe Buck |ANALYST: Troy Aikman | SIDELINE: Erin Andrews and Tom Rinaldi

RADIO:
98 ROCK 97.9 FM | PLAY-BY-PLAY: Gene Deckerhoff | ANALYST: Dave Moore | SIDELINE: T.J. Rives

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96.1 FM | PLAY-BY-PLAY: Carlos Bohorquez | ANALYST: Martin Gramatica

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– Game Days At Glory Days Grill –

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Scott Reynolds: Bucs Win A Close One In L.A. To Extend Two Streaks

In my 2021 season predictions for the Bucs, I had forecast a loss for Tampa Bay in its Week 3 game at Los Angeles. Hey, the Bucs aren’t going to go a perfect 17-0 this season. I predicted a 13-4 record, which would be the most wins in any season in franchise history. Some of you scoffed at the fact that I had the Bucs losing four games! My how times have changed in Tampa Bay. And yes, I had the Bucs losing against the Rams in my initial prediction.

Bucs QB Tom Brady

Bucs QB Tom Brady – Photo by: USA Today

But you know what? I can’t pick against this team. I can’t pick the Bucs to lose a game – until they lose a game. With Tom Brady at the helm, the Bucs have scored 30 points or more for an NFL record nine straight games. Tampa Bay has won 10 straight games dating back to last year. Can the Bucs lose this game? Sure. It’s their first road contest since the NFC Championship Game in Green Bay. Yet, the Bucs have won their last eight road games dating back to 45-20 win in Las Vegas last October.

The Rams are a formidable team with plenty of playmakers on both sides of the ball. It wouldn’t surprise me if the Bucs lost to a team that will be a strong contender in the NFC this year. You can read all about the match-ups to watch in my new SR’s Fab 5 column. And the rest of the Pewter Reporters will give their breakdowns right here. I’m picking the Bucs by a late Ryan Succop field goal to move Tampa Bay to 3-0.

Reynolds’ Score Prediction: Buccaneers 33, Rams 30
Reynolds’ Season Record: 2-0

Jon Ledyard: Can Bowles Solve McVay? I’ll Believe It When I See It

Through two years as Bucs defensive coordinator, no opposing offensive coach has dominated Todd Bowles like Sean McVay. Bowles won the first meeting between the two, 55-40, but was saved only by Jared Goff’s four turnovers. Goff’s two interceptions made last year’s meeting closer than it should have been too, but McVay’s Rams prevailed, 27-24. Over those two games, the Rams offense piled up 931 yards and 67 points despite six turnovers.

Bucs DC Todd Bowles

Bucs DC Todd Bowles – Photo by: USA Today

The biggest reason for L.A.’s success is their commitment to the passing game in the face of Bowles’ selling out to stop the run. McVay has opted for 121 passes to just 26 carries for running backs over those two meetings. The Rams simply aren’t interested in running the football against Tampa Bay. Until Bowles recognizes that and changes his approach, it’s hard to bet on him to be successful in this matchup.

I think the Bucs offense will still have some impressive moments, but I’m worried about the destructive play from the Bucs running backs, along with the drops and penalties from the unit as a whole. On the flip side, the Rams have just two turnovers and are the second-least penalized team in the NFL. Right now, Los Angeles is playing crisper, cleaner football. But I still have more faith in the Bucs long-term this season, even if they fall in Week 3.

Ledyard’s Score Prediction: Rams 26, Bucs 23
Ledyard’s Season Record: 2-0

Matt Matera: Bucs Show Why They’re The Defending Champs

The Bucs are getting their biggest test early on this season as they make their first road trip all the way to the west coast in Los Angeles. They’re missing a couple of key players, but they have a solid amount of depth to make sure there’s no drop off. The Bucs lead the league in points, averaging 39.5 per game, and they’ll need as much as they can get to hold off the Rams this week.

Not having Jason Pierre-Paul on defense is tough. However, the Bucs only have two sacks in two games, and the insertion of rookie Joe Tryon-Shoyinka might be just what Tampa Bay needs. With great quickness and hand placement, Tryon-Shoyinka may get to Matthew Stafford faster than anyone on the Bucs pass rush. I expect the defense to get a key turnover before the Rams do in order to come away with this one.

It’s encouraging to think that as electric as the Bucs’ offense has been, there’s still room to be better. We haven’t seen much of a ground game so far, but that’s alright with the way they throw the ball. Tom Brady will be methodical when breaking down the Rams’ zone-heavy defense, so look for a collective effort from the receivers. There may not be one that has a breakout game, but Scotty Miller and Tyler Johnson, who are expected to replace Antonio Brown, can make an impact with more opportunities. The Bucs are the defending champs for a reason, so until someone knocks them off, there won’t be many reasons to pick against them.

Matera’s Score Prediction: Buccaneers 34, Rams 31
Matera’s Season Record: 2-0

JC Allen: Close Game Comes Down To A FG

Sunday’s game will mark the third time in as many years these two teams have faced off, with the series split with both teams getting road wins. That trend should continue here on Sunday.  The two teams scored a combined 124 points between the two games and this game should be another 50+ point scoring game as well. Both offenses provide plenty of scoring power at receiver with question marks past their top corner.

The Bucs however, even without JPP, have a more potent attack on defense with their front seven. Getting pressure on Matt Stafford will be the key here. The Bucs will be counting on Joe Tryon-Shoyinka to inject a spark into a unit that has not been nearly as successful getting to the QB this year.

As the Bucs head to Los Angeles, it will mark Tom Brady’s first time playing in the “City of Angels” in his career. Brady has won in every stadium in the league but the newly built SoFi. He’ll build on that record this week and look to extend it next week in Foxboro. In the end, I think it will come come down to a late field goal with the Bucs getting the edge here.

Allen’s Score Prediction: Buccaneers 34, Rams 31
Allen’s Season Record: 2-0

Paul Atwal: Bucs Don’t Do Enough To Overcome Bad Schematic Matchup

The Rams defense schemes away deep passes. They have the players to do it, too. I wrote about Bruce Arians and Byron Leftwich’s increased adaptability, but this will be the biggest test to their no-risk-it-no-biscuit philosophy yet. With Antonio Brown likely out, and the Rams’ commitment to playing nickel, I think the Buccaneers will operate primarily under center from 12 personnel. The question is where they go from there. Can they create explosive plays on the ground? Will they be patient in the pass game and take what’s available underneath, or will they force throws down the field?

Rams head coach Sean McVay

Rams head coach Sean McVay – Photo by: USA Today

Sean McVay’s offense has had the answers against Todd Bowles. In my opinion, to slow down Matthew Stafford and co., Bowles needs to deviate from his single-high soft-zone coverages. Take away the deep throws by playing two safeties deep, and leverage that support to let your underneath players play tighter. Mix it up with Quarters, Cover 6, Cover 2 Zone, and 2-Man. Don’t schematically beg the Rams to throw the ball, and be selective with blitzes. If this game plan sounds familiar, it’s because that’s exactly what the Bucs did in Super Bowl 55 – but that was a significant deviation from what they did all year.

I’m not sure if Arians, Leftwich, and Bowles are willing to make those type of changes for Sunday. I was wrong when, during the Bucs’ mid-season slump in 2020, I thought this coaching staff would be unwilling to make the necessary adjustments to compete for a title. I was wrong when I thought the season was practically over at half-time in Week 15, when the Bucs were down 17-0 to the 4-9 Falcons. I was wrong when I thought the defense wouldn’t find ways to stop the Chiefs in Super Bowl 55. This Sunday, when I think Rams will take down the defending champs, I would love to be wrong again.

Atwal’s Score Prediction: Rams 34, Buccaneers 24
Atwal’s Season Record: 2-0

Kasey Hudson: Bucs Loaded Offense and Todd Bowles Pull Through

The Rams have been a tough opponent since Sean McVay took over in 2017. Add quarterback Matthew Stafford to the mix and the Rams become more dangerous thanks to a top ten passing attack. The Buccaneers defense will need to be solid. Tampa Bay’s defense has struggled to shut down the pass game, ranking 30th in yards allowed. Yet, Stafford is 0-3 when facing a Todd Bowles defense. Bowles knows when and where to apply pressure to minimize Stafford’s completion rate, so this will be a big game for Tampa Bay’s pass rushers.

Rams QB Matt Stafford

Rams WR Cooper Kupp – Photo by: USA Today

Matthew Stafford joins Tom Brady in recording multiple 4,000-yard seasons, and both quarterbacks threw for over 5,000 yards in 2011. Moreover, out of 5 regular season meetings versus Tampa Bay, Stafford has won 3 of them.  It is expected for Stafford to have some big plays with wide receivers Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods, as well as tight end Tyler Higbee. But that still does not match-up to the many weapons Tom Brady has.

Now, this Sunday may look different if Antonio Brown is not cleared for the game, but Scotty Miller is ready for action. Not to mention that Tom Brady has been known to lean on Tyler Johnson in tough moments. Tampa Bay’s biggest obstacle ahead may be avoiding the second half lull. When looking at situational stats, Stafford’s game is strongest in the second and third quarters, while Brady is at his best in the first and fourth quarters.

As for the Rams defense, Jalen Ramsey is always a threat in the defensive backfield. Ramsey more than likely will match up against Mike Evans again, but then who can effectively cover Chris Godwin in the slot? As for Aaron Donald, he will be looking for his first big game against the Buccaneers, against a better offensive line than he faced last year. Tampa Bay has enough talent to beat the Rams if they play four quarters of good football. It’s going to be a shootout.

Hudson’s Score Prediction: Buccaneers 37, Rams 35
Hudson’s Season Record: 2-0

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seat26
28 days ago

28- 24 Bucs in the first true test of Bucs strength against a playoff-caliber team.
Brady continues with a stellar performance getting 3 TDs. Bucs Defense gets a fumble returned for a TD.

bucballer
28 days ago

Bucs 34- 24! A star is born. Tryon gets 2 sacks! Brady throws 3 TDS. Fournette gets a ground TD. 2 field goals. White gets a pick. Bucs get 2 picks and a fumble recovery.

Benjamin
28 days ago

The Rams defense is not thensame unit from last year. I read somewhere they are ranked 24th where last year they were the best defense in the NFL until Aaron Donald broke his ribs and didn’t look like the same player Vs. The Packers in the playoffs. I know Donald is an absolute beast same with Jalen Ramsey and I forget the name of the edge rusher they got from Chicago who has turned into a 10 sack player. So they have some damn good defensive players but they are not looking like the top unit from last year. They… Read more »

Last edited 28 days ago by Benjamin
Lawdy
28 days ago

30-28 Bucs

SoberInSac
28 days ago

Bucs 34 Rams 23 L.A. ain’t on our level just watch and see.

Spitfire
27 days ago

I have always hated this article. I come here to read about my team and get information on how they are doing, not to read about how half the writers think we’re gonna lose. I would rather the article be about what we have to do to win each game, not about how many points you predict we will lose by.

Spitfire
27 days ago

There is no question we can win every game we play in this year. The only question is whether or not we will beat ourselves. The first two games have been sloppy yesterday we were still never in real danger of losing. They need to have another “Come-to-Jesus” moment where they realize the stupid penalties and the moments of lost concentration is the only thing that can beat them this season. It is blatantly obvious the Officials are out to get us this year. Both games so far, almost every penalty called against us even the Commentators question. Offsides that… Read more »

Spitfire
Reply to  Spitfire
27 days ago

Also, if Arians and Leftwich and Bowles would all realize that being known for being flexible and always having an answer is far better than being known for your set in stone scheme hopefully working no matter what then we will 3-peat easily. It’s the stubbornness that may end up keeping 2 more rings off their fingers and that can’t happen. There’s no pride to hang onto here. My way or the Highway doesn’t work, being open minded and adjusting as needed and being creative is what will get you to the promise land and considered as great coaches, and… Read more »

Naplesfan
Reply to  Spitfire
27 days ago

There is no evidence that our coaches are “stubborn” as a certain contingent of commenters here at PR, including you, keep saying .. mostly because the coaches don’t do what you, in your couch-sitting position, think is the best way to coach up the Bucs.

This is the same coaching staff that won a Super Bowl championship with the same roster. If they were all that “stubborn” as you guys claim, that would not be a fact sitting here today in late September 2021.

Last edited 27 days ago by Naplesfan
aredsoxfan1
Reply to  Spitfire
27 days ago

How about waiting to see what happens this year before talking about a 3-peat.

Naplesfan
27 days ago

I’m with Scott, it’s hard to pick against the Bucs, even though this is a very tough out. Yes, the Bucs could easily lose this game. But it is also not a trap game or a let down game – the Bucs know the Rams very well, and know this will be possibly the toughest game of the regular season. I think they will be up to the challenge and will not be looking ahead to anyone else. I also believe that Tom Brady is serious when he says the offense can do better than it has to date, so… Read more »

aredsoxfan1
27 days ago

Rams 37 – Bucs 27
I expect the Bucs to lose 3 games and this is one of them. It’s probably the toughest game on the schedule this year. It wouldn’t be the end of the world if they lost this week but hopefully they find a way to pull it out.

fredster
27 days ago

As long as they don’t turn it over or have 11 penalties like week 1 I just don’t see Rams knocking Bucs off. I’m thinking maybe 30-24 Bucs.

BigSombrero
27 days ago

The Rams beat the hapless, toothless Bears and they beat the Colts by 3 with pathetic Carson Wentz. The Colts had multiple opportunities to win that game. The coach and the QB beat themselves vs. LA. Rams have Matthew Stafford, right? And you think that’s a good thing?? Some people are saying he’s an upgrade to Jared Goff. Lol. He’s likely to stub his toe, injure his back, and take about 5 sacks tomorrow, while fumbling and throwing 2 INTs. I’m taking the Bucs to win by 17. Hush up those doubters in a show of force. Bucs 41 –… Read more »

BigSombrero
27 days ago

Bucs 41
Rams 17

scubog
Reply to  BigSombrero
26 days ago

Nice to have you back Big Sombrero.

NaplesFan2.0
Reply to  BigSombrero
26 days ago

I agree with Scubog. Even when the Brady trolling got to a crazy level, we still missed ya around here. I may not always agree with you, but there is no asshat I’d rather debate with lol.