Buccaneers: Rams will be a test for Tampa’s postseason readiness

Tom Brady, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Tom Brady, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) /

Tampa Bay Buccaneers have another postseason test heading into Monday night

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will have yet another chance to test their postseason readiness and preparedness with a Monday night matchup against the Los Angeles Rams.

The Buccaneers and Rams are set to do battle in a Monday Night Football matchup that will be broadcasted live across the nation beginning at 8:15 p.m. E.T. on ESPN.

As Tampa Bay fans are aware, the Bucs haven’t necessarily performed so well when they’ve played in front of a national, primetime audience.

On three separate occasions, the Buccaneers have fallen on their face in primetime action

The Bucs have played in just three primetime games all season long and they have looked about as bad as possible in all three.

They did pick up one win- a 25-23 victory over the New York Giants- on a Monday night, but no one would say they looked anything like playoff contenders that night. The Giants are one of the worst teams in the conference and they came just a few yards away from pulling off the upset.

The other two games- a Thursday night game against the Bears and a Sunday night game against the Saints- the Bucs lost and looked awful in doing so.

Both the Bears and Saints are opponents that the Buccaneers could see in the playoffs and there was nothing you could see in either of those games- the loss to New Orleans was by 35 points- that would make you think the Bucs are ready for primetime, major playoff competition.

Now, here we are again.

The Bucs will have yet another opportunity on Monday night- in front of a national audience- to prove that they belong on the big stage against a Rams team that is certainly going to be a factor in the playoff race.

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Can the team find a way to pick up a victory and look like legitimate threats in the postseason competition moving forward, or will they fall flat on their face again?