Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Los Angeles Rams Matchup Preview 9/29/19: Analysis, Depth Charts, Daily Fantasy
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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers sail into Los Angeles this Sunday for a matchup against the powerful Los Angeles Rams in the afternoon. The Rams are looking good coming into this game, with an undefeated record, a healthy Gurley, an Aaron Donald just as disruptive as last year, and a head coach coming off a super bowl loss looking to get back. However, Goff had an off day against the Browns, with 2 interceptions and an overall rating of 79.8. The 1-2 Buccaneers are coming off a disappointing last-second lost to the Giants, and looking to keep their playoff hopes alive by beating the Rams at home. Winston is looking better than last year, but still struggling with turnovers. However, star receiver Mike Evans and up and coming talent Chris Godwin have been helping Winston out, making plays and racking up 5 touchdowns between the two of them on the season. Overall, the Rams are the favorites in this matchup, but if Goff plays the way he did against the Browns, the Buccaneers might have a chance.
Date: Sunday, September 29th 2019
Time: 1:05 PM PST
Location: Los Angeles Coliseum – Los Angeles, CA
Buccaneers: Jamel Dean (O), Chris Godwin (LP), Ryan Jensen (Q), Devin White (O), Demar Dotson (Q)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Analysis
Shaquil Barrett may be the Buccaneers’ key to winning this game. Barrett had 3 sacks in week 2 against the Panthers and 4 sacks in week 3 against the Giants. Barrett leads the league in sacks with 8, second place being Myles Garrett with 6. The Rams offensive line has been a little weaker this year, and was ranked 3rd worst in the league by Pro Football Focus. Shaquil Barrett may be able to continue his hot streak this week, and putting Goff under that much pressure could get them the win. The Buccaneers’ secondary was lit up by Daniel Jones and the Giants in week 3, allowing the rookie 336 yards and a passer rating of 112.7 in his first start. The Buccaneers’ secondary is somewhat weak this season, which makes Shaquil Barrett all the more important in this matchup. If Goff has all the time in the world to throw the ball, there’s no doubt that the Rams are going to torch the Buccaneers’ secondary.
Mike Evans is coming into this one off of a huge game in week 3. Evans racked up 8 receptions, 190 yards, and 3 touchdowns against the Giants. His matchup against Aqib Talib is going to be a big one this weekend. Chris Godwin has also had a couple of big games for himself, putting up an 8 reception, 121 yard, 1 touchdown performance against the Panthers. These receivers are going to have a tough time against the 5th ranked Rams pass defense. Winston is turnover prone, and while he has been better this season, he has still thrown 4 interceptions so far this season. While other defenses might be less able to pounce on a poor throw or a missed read, the Rams defense is not one Winston wants to be making mistakes against.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Depth Chart
Los Angeles Rams Analysis
Much like how Shaquil Barrett is the key for a Buccaneers win, Aaron Donald is going to be key for the Rams to take this game. As stated before, Winston is notorious for being turnover-prone. If Aaron Donald can get up in his face, like Aaron Donald does, Donald can force bad throws, bad reads, and even fumbles. Donald has the potential to be a turnover machine this game if he can get up in Winston’s face play after play, like he does so well against almost every team he faces. Furthermore, the Rams’ pass defense is ranked 5th in the league. With Donald up on the line forcing pressure, and veterans in the back like Eric Weddle and Aqib Talib there to make smart reads and create fantastic coverage, the Rams could be getting multiple interceptions and many sacks over the course of Sunday afternoon.
Goff had an off day against the Browns. He went 24-38, for 269 yards, 2 touchdowns, 2 interceptions and an overall rating of 79.8. He’ll be coming into this game looking to get his mojo back by having a big game against Tampa Bay’s weak secondary. McVay will probably favor the passing game in this matchup, wanting Goff to get back in his groove. An off day can throw a quarterback off for weeks, and McVay will do what he can to get some big yardage through the air to help Goff out of a potential rut. The run game will also likely be pretty strong, as Gurley has been getting back out on the field more after being sidelined a lot at the end of the last season.
The Rams are the favorites in this game, due to their superior defense and their powerful offense. Aaron Donald will create a lot of disruption up front that a turnover-prone quarterback like Winston will have a hard time dealing with. Looking to redeem himself after a poor performance against the Browns, Goff is looking to score big through the air against a weak Tampa Bay secondary this weekend.
Los Angeles Rams Depth Chart
Despite having a huge game last week, I don’t think Mike Evans is going to perform as well in this game against the Rams. Winston is going to be under constant pressure from Aaron Donald and the rest of the Rams pass rush, and won’t be able to get the ball off as accurately or as often as he did last week. Plus, Aqib Talib will most likely be on Mike Evans, making it even harder for him to have a big game up against the veteran corner. Cooper Kupp might be a better start. If the Rams are going big through the air against this weak Tampa Bay secondary, Goff’s favorite receiver is bound to get the ball a lot, and potentially have a huge game. Any of the Rams receivers would be a safe bet, but Cooper Kupp is going to be your best option.