The Los Angeles Rams will try to snap the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' five-game postseason winning streak when they meet in the 2022 NFL playoffs on Sunday. The Rams (13-5), who won their third NFC West title in five seasons, advanced with a 34-11 win over the Arizona Cardinals in Monday's Wild Card game. The Buccaneers (14-4), who won their seventh division championship in their history and first since winning the NFC South in 2007, defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 31-15 last Sunday. Los Angeles has won the last two matchups with Tampa Bay, including a 34-24 triumph in Week 3.
Kickoff from Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., is set for 3 p.m. ET. Tampa Bay is a three-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 Rams vs. Buccaneers bets or NFL playoff predictions, make sure you check out what SportsLine NFL expert R.J. White has to say.
White, a CBS Sports fantasy and gambling editor, ended the 2020 season on an 80-59 run on all NFL picks, returning more than $1,400 during that span. It's no surprise, as White has cashed huge twice in the world's most prestigious football handicapping competition, the Las Vegas SuperContest.
In addition, White is 33-18-4 on his last 55 against-the-spread picks involving the Buccaneers. Anyone who has followed him is way up.
Now, White has zoned in on Rams vs. Buccaneers, and just locked in his NFL playoff picks and Divisional Round predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see his White's picks. Here are several NFL odds for Rams vs. Buccaneers:
- Buccaneers vs. Rams spread: Tampa Bay -3
- Buccaneers vs. Rams over-under: 48 points
- Buccaneers vs. Rams money line: Los Angeles +125, Tampa Bay -145
- LAR: Rams are 4-1 against the spread in their last five games against NFC opponents
- TB: Buccaneers are 7-1 ATS in their last eight games as home favorites
Why the Buccaneers can cover
The Tampa Bay offense is led by veteran quarterback Tom Brady. In the Wild Card win over the Philadelphia Eagles, he completed 29 of 37 passes for 271 yards and a pair of scores. During the regular season, he threw for 5,316 yards, completing 485 of 719 passes (67.5 percent) and 43 touchdowns. He was picked off 12 times and had a 102.1 rating. Brady has thrown 53 touchdowns against 20 interceptions in 28 career home postseason games.
One of Brady's favorite options is wide receiver Mike Evans. He had a standout game against Philadelphia last week with 117 receiving yards and a touchdown catch. Evans finished 2021 with 1,035 receiving yards, ranked second in the NFL with 14 receiving touchdowns and became the first player in league history with 1,000 or more receiving yards in each of his first eight seasons.
Why the Rams can cover
Veteran quarterback Matthew Stafford has had plenty of success this season and finished as one of the top passers in the league. He ended the regular season by completing 67.2 percent of his passes and threw for 4,886 yards and 41 touchdowns. He was intercepted 17 times and had a 102.9 rating. In the Wild Card win over Arizona, he had a rating of 154.5 and completed 13 of 17 passes (76.5 percent) for 202 yards and two TDs.
Stafford's top target has been wide receiver Cooper Kupp, the NFL's top pass-catcher. During the regular season, Kupp caught 145 passes for 1,947 yards (13.4 average) and 16 touchdowns and had 30 explosive plays of 20 yards or more. He finished with 846 yards after the catch and had 89 first-down conversions. Against Arizona, Kupp caught five passes for 61 yards and a score.
How to make Rams vs. Buccaneers picks
For Sunday's Divisional matchup, White is leaning under on the total. He also has discovered a critical X-factor that has him jumping all over one side of the spread. He's only sharing what it is, and which side of the Buccaneers vs. Rams spread to back at SportsLine.
So who wins Rams vs. Buccaneers in the 2022 NFL playoffs? And which critical X-factor makes one side of the spread a must-back? Visit SportsLine now to see R.J. White's Rams vs. Buccaneers picks and analysis, all from the NFL expert who's 33-18 on against the spread picks involving Tampa Bay, and find out.