Week 3 Game of the Week: Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs LA Rams
Blink and you'll miss it, we're already through two weeks of the NFL Season and the action just keeps coming! Week 3 brings us an outstanding match up as the Super Bowl Champions Tampa Bay Buccaneers take on NFC West heavyweights the LA Rams.
The Bucs will be hoping to continue their record-breaking run of 9 straight wins scoring 30+ points. Led by their evergreen Quarterback, Tom Brady, who leads the league with 9 touchdowns. If he continues at that pace, he'll break Peyton Manning's single-season record before the middle of December! He's had help from long-time partner in crime Gronk, who leads the league with 4 receiving touchdowns.
Los Angeles have their own reinvented quarterback in the form of Matthew Stafford. After years wasting away in Detroit, Stafford moved to the Rams this summer in a blockbuster trade. With a high cost of two 1st round picks and former 1st round pick Jarred Goff, the expectations are high for Stafford and the Rams.
Stafford has made an impressive start to his tenure in LA. His 599 yards so far is 7th in the league and his 5 touchdowns is ranked 5th. He certainly seems in sync with Cooper Kupp, who had 165 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns against the Colts. He's ranked 3rd in the league for both receiving yards (271) and touchdowns (3) heading into week 3.
Both teams are 2-0 so far this term. The Bucs opened the Season beating the Cowboys 29-24 last Thursday. Then spanked their division rivals, the Falcons, 48-25 on Sunday. The Rams have also made a good start. Beating the Bears convincingly 34-14 in week 1, but struggling to put away the Colts, 27-24 this past weekend.
LA's strong start could come undone quickly. After the Bucs this Sunday, the Rams face a pair of division rivals in weeks 4 and 5 playing the Seahawks and Cardinals.
For Tampa, a win this Sunday will help kick off a difficult run of games. The Bucs head to New England for Brady's long-awaited return to Foxborough in week 4, before welcoming the Dolphins the following Sunday.
The Bucs defence hasn't lived up to the highs of last year, where they finished 8th best in points against. They currently rank 21st. 2 games is a small sample size, skewed by an impressive offensive output by the Cowboys in week 1 where they went for 451 total yards, 3 touchdowns and 29 points.
They fared slightly better against Matt Ryan and the Falcons, getting 3 picks but did give up 24 points and 348 yards. They'll be hoping for those yards and points to continue to decrease in LA on Sunday.
The Rams aren't far behind their strong defensive output from last year. They gave up 18.5 points/game in 2020, which was a league best. Through 2 weeks the Rams have only given up 3 touchdowns. 1 in the air and 2 on the ground. Restricting Brady and co.'s Touchdowns will go a long way to giving the Rams a shot at staying undefeated. It won't be easy though; Brady has had 10 consecutive games with multiple touchdowns.
The only matchup featuring two undefeated teams this week, don't be surprised to see a rematch in the playoffs. this potential NFC Conference Championship final preview promises to be a belter! And there's no better place to catch all the NFL action than Belushi's!
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