Monday, November 23, 2020, Raymond James Stadium, Tampa Bay, Florida, 8:15 p.m. ET
Rams at Buccaneers Betting Preview: Rams (+4/-110), Buccaneers (-4/-110)
Los Angeles Rams
The Rams (6-3) have evolved into a standout defensive unit as they head toward the stretch drive of the NFL season. Two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Donald (nine sacks) remains the headliner of a group that ranks second in the NFL in both scoring defense (18.7 points per game) and total defense (296.4 yards per game).
Standout cornerbacks Jalen Ramsey (one interception) and Darious Williams (four picks) are key reasons why the unit is third in passing defense (199.7 yards per game), and the club also rates fifth in rushing defense (96.8 yards per game).
Los Angeles has dropped a notch from its recent glory years on the offensive side of the ball as it ranks just 19th in scoring offense (24.0 points per game). Quarterback Jared Goff has passed for 2,447 yards and 13 touchdowns against six interceptions and will be looking for his third straight 300-yard passing game. Darrell Henderson Jr. (486 rushing yards) and Malcolm Brown (347) are splitting the ball-carrying duties.
The Rams sustained a huge blow when standout left tackle Andrew Whitworth (knee) was lost for up to eight weeks when he got hurt last week in a 23-16 victory over the Seattle Seahawks. Joe Noteboom will be the starter against the Bucs and will be charged with softening the loss of the four-time Pro Bowl selection.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Buccaneers (7-3) will be seeking their fifth win in six games when they welcome the Rams to town. Quarterback Tom Brady is playing well at age 43 and has passed for 2,739 yards, 23 touchdowns and seven interceptions in his first season with Tampa Bay.
Running back Ronald Jones II (730 rushing yards) has emerged as a force — see his 98-yard scoring run as part of a career-high 192 rushing yards in last week in a 46-23 win over the Carolina Panthers as the latest piece of evidence.
The Buccaneers rank seventh in the NFL in scoring offense (29.6) but also feature a stellar defense that leads the NFL in rushing defense (76.6) and ranks third in total defense (300.3).
Linebacker/defensive end Jason Paul-Pierre (7.5 sacks) is routinely putting pressure on opposing quarterbacks while inside linebackers Devin White (five sacks, team-high 88 tackles) and Lavonte David (73 stops) are enjoying stellar seasons. Carlton Davis (four interceptions) is receiving more mentions as one of the top cornerbacks in the league.
Guard Ali Marpet (concussion) practiced on Thursday and has his sights of playing after missing the previous two games. Tampa Bay also looks to work in Antonio Brown even more this week after the stellar wideout had seven receptions for 69 yards last Sunday.
Rams at Buccaneers Betting Pick for Week 11
Corralling Brady and his slew of pass-catchers that includes Brown, Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and tight end Rob Gronkowski will be a good challenge for a Rams unit that has been stellar all season. Los Angeles has allowed 10 or fewer points on three occasions but has been dinged up for an average of 29 points in its three setbacks.
Tampa Bay’s defense might have the easier chore in limiting Goff as well as a Los Angeles running game that doesn’t scare anyone. The Buccaneers spend a lot of time in offensive backfields with White leading the way with 10.5 tackles for loss in addition to his sack output.
Rams at Buccaneers Betting Pick: Buccaneers 24, Rams 19
Rams at Buccaneers Best Bet for Week 11
The teams combined for 95 points, 982 yards and 63 first downs in last season’s meeting at Los Angeles. Expect a much different type of game this time around with both defenses rating among the best in the NFL.
Rams at Buccaneers Best Bet: UNDER 48.5 total points (-114)