The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Los Angeles Rams will face off again Sunday in the 2022 NFL playoffs. The teams have met in two NFC Championship Games (1979, 1999), with the Rams winning both. The Bucs won a thrilling 38-35 Monday Night Football Game in 2000, and the highest-scoring game in Bucs history was against L.A., a 55-40 Tampa Bay victory in 2019. However, the Rams (13-5) have won seven of the past eight meetings. The teams advanced in the NFL playoff bracket with easy victories last weekend, with the Bucs cruising to a 31-15 win against Philadelphia last Sunday and L.A. routing Arizona, 34-11.
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.
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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 been tough to beat at Raymond James, winning eight of nine this season and going 7-2 against the spread. Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady also has been nearly unbeatable in the NFL playoffs, going 14-2 in his career in the divisional round and 5-0 straight-up in postseason games with the Bucs.
Brady threw for 271 yards and two TDs last week after leading the NFL in both categories during the regular season (5,316 yards, 43 TDs). The Bucs were second in the NFL in total yards (504.9 per game) and scoring (30.2 ppg) this season.
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.