Sunday Divisional Round – Bucs Vs LA Rams
It’s Divisional Round time in the NFL and the question on everybody’s mind is whether Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be successful in their mission to dominate the Los Angeles Rams as they take to the action on Sunday.
After both teams dismissed their respective Wild Card opponents without too much of a breaking of the sweat, the Divisional Round will be the decider for who gets to make it into the NFC Championship Game.
A New Challenge For The Rams
For LA, their breakaway came early against the Arizona Cardinals. Even so, it must be said that the Cardinals failed to produce too much of a push or challenge.
It had been a story of merely capitalising on easy opportunities for the Rams. Case in point: Kyler Murray’s shocking blunder resulted in the shortest pick-six in the history of the Playoffs.
Being up 21-0 already in the early throes of the match left the Rams with no difficulty at all in terms of steering the rest of the game with efficiency.
Breaking the action open early on had been the combination of Sony Michel and Cam Akers. Together, they combined for over 100 rushing years.
But all of the above aside, one question remains: will the Rams be good enough when faced with an unbeatable Tom Brady offence while struggling to overcome a compromised secondary?
Can The Bucs Do It Depleted?
But Brady and the Buccaneers are facing their fair share of injury woes after all that happened over the last couple of weeks.
The list of injuries is long and worrying.
After sending off Chris Godwin following a torn ACL and going without Leonard Fournette and Ronald Jones in the Wild Card round, their injury troubles only grew during their game against the Eagles.
Possibly out for the count for this weekend’s game are both Tristan Wirfs as well as Ryan Jensen. Wirfs, who has been a top-calibre right tackle for Tampa ever since he joined the Bucs is trying hard to recover from a rolled right ankle. And after Jensen went down in a touchdown run, his fate remains uncertain also.
The Bucs have won 8 of their last 9 games. At 7-2 ATS, this means they’re the favourites as they go up against the Rams on the weekend.
Right now, their fate seems to depend on whether Wirfs and Jensen can play on Sunday.
And of course, whether the Rams can interrupt their form.