The Los Angeles Rams are in Tampa Bay today for a divisional round matchup with the Buccaneers, needing just two more wins to reach Super Bowl LVI – which will be played at their home stadium in Inglewood. The Rams already beat the Bucs 34-24 in Week 3, snapping Tampa Bay’s 10-game winning streak dating back to its Super Bowl run.
But can the Rams take down Tom Brady and the Buccaneers again when it matters most in the playoffs? This won’t be an easy game for either team to win, given how evenly matched the two are. Their offensive lines are both two of the best in the NFL, but they’re also each dealig with injuries to Andrew Whitworth, Ryan Jensen and Tristan Wirfs.
Each receiving corps has lost a key contributor – Robert Woods for the Rams and Chris Godwin for the Buccaneers – for the rest of the season, but players have stepped up in their place. And good luck deciding which defensive front is better.
The Rams have the formula for beating Tampa Bay, boasting a pass rush that can create pressure against any offensive line. Aaron Donald has the ability to wreak havoc on the interior, while Von Miller and Leonard Floyd are bookend edge rushers who excel against the run and the pass.
Protecting Matthew Stafford from Vita Vea, Shaq Barrett, Jason Pierre-Paul and Ndamukong Suh is a tall task for Los Angeles’ offensive line,…