We already know the NFL’s top heavyweight matchup this week: it’s a potential NFC Championship game preview between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood.
Fox Sports has already named the game “America’s Game of the Week” for Sunday, September 26. On Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m., two teams with Super Bowl aspirations will undoubtedly draw millions of viewers. As of 1:50 p.m. PT, only two tickets at the lowest price remained on StubHub. Tuesday, September 21 at 8:00 a.m. PT
While Tom Brady has won five straight games against the Rams (his last loss came in their first meeting in 2001, when the team was still in St. Louis), this will be Brady’s first meeting with them below.
Of course, Brady’s most recent meeting with the Rams was in the 2019 Super Bowl, which was also his final Vince Lombardi Trophy-winning game as a New England Patriot.
And, with the game only five days away, the early predictions have already begun to pour in. And it begs the question: who believes the Rams will defeat the defending Super Bowl champions and hand the Bucs their first loss of the year in 2021? Who is the favorite to win?
According to Tipico, the Rams are the slight favorite in this game. Favorite by 5 points. The Rams are a +1 favorite according to USA Today’s Sports Betting Odds page, which is
. In the meantime, MGM has the Rams as the early favorite.
Caesar’s Sportsbook in Sin City released these odds at 11:18 a.m. While there are national betting sites that favor the Rams, Draft Kings, who list the Rams as a -1 underdog as of Sunday, September 19, has taken the side of the Bucs:
While there are national betting sites that favor the Rams, there is one that has taken the side of the Bucs: Draft Kings isn’t the only one with a
budget. Another expert, Sportsnaut, believes the Bucs will hand the Rams their first loss of the season. What’s being written on who wins?
Now we’ll talk about who’s writing what about early predictions for how this game will play out.
Returning to Draft Kings, they’re the only team that has a better chance of winning the Super Bowl in 2021. Draft Kings’ Chinmay Vaidya wrote:
“The Buccaneers and Rams met last season, with Los Angeles grabbing a 27-24 victory on Monday Night Football. Tom Brady is coming off a five-touchdown performance in a win against the Atlanta Falcons, but will face a much tougher task against a feisty Rams defense.
“The Rams were shaky in a Week 2 victory over the Colts, but still have one of the best defenses in the league. Brady is on fire though, and should be able to find openings in LA’s secondary. Matthew Stafford had an off day against Indianapolis after lighting up the Bears in Week 1. Expect Tampa Bay’s opportunistic defense to get after him. Take the value on the defending Super Bowl champions here.”
Sportsnaut’s Matt Fitzgerald wrote about the site’s Rams/Bucs prediction after both teams beat the Indianapolis Colts and Atlanta Falcons, respectively, on Sunday. Fitzgerald typed:
“Before the Cam Akers injury, we projected this would be the first loss on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers schedule. With the Rams’ explosive back sidelined for the season, that takes away an important element to this offense and swings this matchup back in the Bucs’ favor, especially with the way Tom Brady is playing right now.”
Sports World News, on the other hand, has a stronger belief in the Rams.
Finally, Pro Football Network’s Ben Rolfe picks the Rams to go 3-0 overall, writing, “Thanks to Aaron Donald, the Rams are better equipped than anyone to follow that recipe.” When you add in a shaky Tampa Bay secondary, the Rams should be able to pull out a win. Clean Bowled News