Two high-profile rookies will square off on Thursday when the Rams host the Buccaneers. St. Louis snapped its losing streak at five games last week by defeating Detroit 21-14 at home. Four out of the Rams five wins this season have come at home.
Todd Gurley the Rams rookie running back ran for 140 yards with two touchdowns. He needs just 25 yards to reach the 1,000-yard mark on the season. Gurley can join the likes of Jerome Bettis and Eric Dickerson as the only other Rams rushers to reach that mark as a rookie.
Tampa Bay’s postseason hopes suffered a hit on Sunday when the Bucs lost to New Orleans 24-17. Tampa Bay has not played in the playoffs since 2007. The Buccaneers trail in the wildcard chase in the NFC by two games and this weekend could be officially eliminated.
Rookie sensation Jameis Winston at quarterback for Tampa Bay has 3,059 yards passing, which is a franchise record and just the third time a rookie has accomplished the feat. Doug Martin has 1,214 yards rushing which is second in the NFL. He has 6 touchdowns over the past 10 games with 5 on the ground.
St. Louis is No. 2 in the NFC in sacks with 36 and is led by Aaron Donald with 11. He leads defensive tackles in sacks with 20 since the beginning of last season.
Gurley has run for 8 touchdowns over his past 8 games played. He has rushed five times this season for 125 yards or more in a game.
Tampa Bay is the leader in penalties in the NFL with 125.
Latest Line: St. Louis Rams vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Favorite: St. Louis -1.5, Over/Under: 41
Tampa Bay enters this game with an overall record on the season of 6-7 straight up and 7-6 against the spread, while St. Louis on the season is 5-8 SU and 5-7 ATS
The Buccaneers on the road are 3-3 SU and 4-2 ATS, while at home, the Rams are 4-3 SU and ATS.
The UNDER has cashed in each of the past 5 games between the two teams.
Lean: Tampa Bay’s offense will be no match for the tough St. Louis defense. The question is will the St. Louis offense score on Tampa Bay. If Todd Gurley can get on track early the Rams will dominate. Lean toward the home team here.