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#GameDay:Bucs/Rams Preview

IT'S GAMEDAY!!!!! For the final time this season, the Bucs will be playing under the lights at Ray Jay, as they host the LA Rams.


It hasn't been all happiness and sunshine though for Brady and Co, as the Bucs have gone 2-2 in their Prime Time matchups (beating the Raiders and Giants while losing to the Saints and Bears). When it comes to Monday Night though, the Bucs beat the Giants in the Meadowlands back in Week 8.


If the Bucs are going to beat the Rams for the second-time in as many years, they're going to have to start fast on offense--that doesn't mean go out and throw an 80-yard bomb on the first play--it means they need to do more than have a 3-and-out.


Offensive Coordinator Byron Leftwich is going to have his hands full with Aaron Donald and Leonard Floyd coming after him in the pocket, but he'll also have to remain aware of Jalen Ramsey, Darrious Williams, and John Johnson III. This means Ronald Jones II and Leonard Fournette will be tasked with making sure they maintain positive yardage and maintain ball security at all times. The receivers will need to ensure they make the most out of their targets. We can't afford to have dropped passes like the last time under the red lights of Ray Jay (Week 9 against the Saints). This also means the line will have to maintain their blocks *cough cough Donovan Smith* The line will be without Ali Marpet again and will be playing the same group as last week (Jensen replaces Marpet and AQ Shipley comes in at center). If they can keep the pocket clean and give Brady time to throw, well we've seen how that goes.


It won't only be on the offense to keep the Bucs in the game, the defense is going to need to step up early and keep the pressure on Goff. Last season, it was a shootout of 55-40 as the young secondary allowed 490 yards of passing but it was the Bucs front seven that secured the win when Ndamukong Suh scooped and scored a 37-yard fumble forced by Shaq Barrett.


This year has been up and down for the Rams(6-3) who are sitting just outside the division lead in the NFC West. In Week 9, they got shocked during Tua Tagovailoa's debut losing 28-17 but rebounded to beat division-rival Seattle Seahawks 23-16 last week.


If I had to give a prediction on the outcome of tonights matchup, it'll be the Bucs outlasting the Rams 45-31. For the second-year in a row this very well could be a penalty-filled game.

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