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Rams vs. Buccaneers odds, line: 2022 NFL playoff picks, Divisional round predictions by model on 137-97 run

It’s a matchup of high-powered offenses on Sunday when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers host the Los Angeles Rams in the 2022 NFL playoffs at Raymond James Stadium. Tom Brady led the NFL in nearly every passing category for Tampa Bay this season, while Matthew Stafford and Cooper Kupp had a historical link. Both teams dominated their Wild Card matchups, with Tampa Bay (14-4) cruising to a 31-15 victory against the Eagles and Los Angeles (13-5) routing the Cardinals 34-11. The teams met in Week 3, with the Rams taking a 34-24 victory that was not as close as the score indicates. 

Kickoff at Raymond James Stadium is set for 3 p.m. ET. Tampa Bay is a 2.5-point favorite in the latest Rams vs. Buccaneers odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over-under for total points scored is 48. Before you make any Buccaneers vs. Rams picks, you need to check out the 2022 NFL Playoffs predictions and betting advice from the SportsLine Projection Model.

The model, which simulates every NFL game 10,000 times, is up over $7,500 for $100 players on top-rated NFL picks since its inception six-plus years ago. The model enters the divisional round of the 2021 NFL playoffs on an incredible 137-97 run on top-rated NFL picks that dates back to the 2017 season. Amazingly, it hasn’t missed a top-rated pick since Week 14 of the regular season.

The model also ranked in the top 10 on NFLPickWatch four of the past five years on straight-up NFL picks and beat more than 94 percent of CBS Sports Football Pick’em players four times during that span. Anyone who has followed it is way up.

Now, the model has broken down Sunday’s Buccaneers vs. Rams playoff matchup from all angles, and just locking in its picks and predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see the model’s picks. Now, here are several NFL odds and Divisional Round betting lines for Rams vs. Buccaneers:

  • Rams vs. Buccaneers spread: Tampa Bay -2.5
  • Rams vs. Buccaneers over-under: 48 points 
  • Rams vs. Buccaneers money line: Los Angeles +130, Tampa Bay -150
  • LAR: Rams are 3-3 against the spread with the rest disadvantage since 2020 
  • TB: Buccaneers are 6-1 ATS with the rest advantage over the past two years

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Why the Buccaneers can cover

Tampa Bay has lost once in its last 12 games at Raymond James Stadium, going 10-2 against the spread. Tom Brady led the NFL in passing yards (5,316) and TDs (43) and averaged 28.5 completions per game. He threw for 271 yards in a 31-15 win last week against the Eagles and completed 78 percent of his throws. The Bucs were second in the NFL in yards (405.9 per game) and scoring (30.2) this season.

Running back Leonard Fournette is hoping to return from a hamstring injury and is averaging 104.9 total yards with eight TDs in seven career playoff games. Linebacker Shaq Barrett had one of the team’s three takeaways last week and posted 10 sacks during the regular season. Safety Mike Edwards also had a pick against the Eagles and returned two for TDs. Stafford has had four taken back for scores, tied for most in the NFL.

Why the Rams can cover

Los Angeles has won seven of its past eight against the Bucs and is 8-1 against the spread in the last nine, including 5-0 in Tampa. Kupp has been a particular thorn in their side, posting 29 catches for 362 yards and three TDs in three starts against the Buccaneers. Odell Beckham scored his sixth TD in eight games with the Rams in the win against Arizona last week, while running backs Cam Akers and Sony Michel both ran for more than 50 yards.

The Rams’ defense was dominant last Monday against the Cardinals, holding them to 183 yards. Aaron Donald (12.5 sacks), Leonard Floyd (nine) and Von Miller (five in eight games) will get after Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady, who has few pass-catchers he can count on. Jalen Ramsey is likely to focus on Mike Evans, who has caught five of nine targets when matched up with the star corner the past two meetings.

How to make Rams vs. Buccaneers picks

The model has scoured the numbers on Sunday’s Buccaneers vs. Rams matchup and revealed its coveted NFL playoff picks. It is leaning Over on the point total, with the model suggesting both quarterbacks will throw for more than 250 yards. It also says one side of the spread has all the value. You can only get the model’s Rams vs. Buccaneers picks at SportsLine.

So who wins Buccaneers vs. Rams in the NFL playoffs 2022? And which side of the spread has all the value? Visit SportsLine right now to find out which side of the Buccaneers vs. Rams spread you should be all over Sunday, all from the model on a 137-97 roll on its top-rated NFL picks, and find out.

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