The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are a win away from their second-straight NFC Championship Game. The opposition on Sunday is an old thorn in their side called the Los Angeles Rams, who have won in the last two meetings. A variety of individual matchups will, of course, figure prominently in who wins and loses, but one vital aspect that would help bring home a Bucs victory is something they haven’t done since their last win over Los Angeles.
Refreshing the memory of those who have forgotten, the last Buccaneers win against the Rams was September 29, 2019, at the Los Angeles Coliseum. The final score of that game was 55-40; the most points in a single game in franchise history. Jameis Winston was Tampa Bay’s starting quarterback.
That contest saw Winston shred the Rams defense to the tune of 385 yards and 4 touchdowns. The Bucs jumped out to a 21-0 lead and never trailed the rest of the day, which should also be the vital goal for their Divisional Round game.
The last two games with Jared Goff as Rams quarterback in 2020 and Matthew Stafford this season never saw the Buccaneers make the Rams chase. Head coach Sean McVay and his group are great front runners as witnessed by his great, but not perfect anymore, record when leading after halftime. Let’s see them get down big, especially on the road in a raucous Raymond James Stadium, and find out if they have what it takes to come back when the pressure of the postseason is on.
Tom Brady is a better quarterback than Winston. Jameis had a big lead early against this team and the game was, for all intents and purposes, over. The Bucs should do everything possible to do the same for Brady on Sunday, because if that happens, the Rams will be demoralized knowing how much trouble they are in and will start becoming one dimensional.
Brady and the Bucs since they’ve joined forces are pretty great front-runners themselves, and it is vital that, on Sunday, Tampa Bay jumps ahead and forces Stafford to throw from behind. If that happens. the result should and would be pretty familiar to Bucs fans and fans of the Detroit Lions. The Bucs beating the Rams pretty handily and Stafford’s multiple turnovers contributing greatly to the effort.