The Los Angeles Rams have had the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' number and hope to continue that on Sunday in the 2022 NFL playoffs. The Rams (13-5) have beaten the Bucs (14-4) seven times in the past eight meetings, including a 34-24 victory in Week 3 this year. Tampa Bay is at home this time, and the Buccaneers are 11-1 in their last 12 games there. The Bucs beat the Eagles 31-15 last Sunday, while the Rams also logged an easy victory, beating the Cardinals 34-11 on Monday.
Kickoff at Raymond James Stadium 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 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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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 -3
- 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
Why the Buccaneers can cover
Tampa Bay is 5-0 in the playoffs with quarterback Tom Brady calling the shots, and he is 14-2 all-time in divisional playoff games. He led the league's top passing offense (307.6 yards per game), and the Rams rank 21st against the pass (241.7). Brady threw for a season-high 432 yards in the Week 3 loss, and while his receiving corps has had injury issues, Mike Evans remains a threat. He caught 15 TDs from Brady this season. One of those was last week, when he had nine receptions for 117 yards. Brady threw for 271 and completed 78 percent of his throws (29 of 37).
The Bucs hope to have Leonard Fournette back from a hamstring injury, and he has averaged 104.9 total yards in seven career playoff games. Fellow backs Giovani Bernard and Ke'Shawn Vaughn combined for 145 total yards last week. On defense, Shaquil Barrett (10 sacks) and Devin White (128 tackles, 3.5 sacks) are among numerous playmakers, and the unit had three takeaways last week. Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford shared the NFL lead with 17 interceptions, with four returned for TDs.
Why the Rams can cover
Los Angeles quarterback Matthew Stafford is 4-2 in his career against the Buccaneers and threw just three passes before being injured in one of those losses. He threw for 343 yards and tied his season-high with four TDs in the Week 3 win. The Rams converted 10 of 15 third downs and averaged 6.5 yards per play in that game. Cooper Kupp had another standout game against the Bucs, catching nine passes for 96 yards and two TDs. The NFL's leading receiver this season (1,497 yards, 16 TDs) has 29 receptions for 362 yards and three TDs in three career games against Tampa Bay.
The Rams' offense also got running back Cam Akers back last week, and he had 95 total yards while Sony Michel rushed for 58. Aaron Donald (12.5 sacks), Leonard Floyd (nine) and Von Miller (five in eight games) face a banged-up Tampa Bay offensive line and should push Brady. The depleted Bucs receiving corps also should play into L.A.'s hands, with cornerback Jalen Ramsey (four interceptions) chasing a receiving group headlined by Mike Evans.
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.