Rams at Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Who has the edge?

RAMS (12-5) VS. BUCCANEERS (13-4)

When: Sunday, noon

Where: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa

TV/radio: Channel 4; 710 AM, 93.1 FM, 1330 AM (Spanish)

Line: Bucs by 3

Notable injury designations: Rams: LT Andrew Whitworth (knee) and S Taylor Rapp (concussion) are out; RB Buddy Howell (hamstring) is doubtful. Bucs: RB Ronald Jones (ankle) and WR Breshad Perriman (hip/abdomen) are out; WR Cyril Grayson (hamstring), RT Tristan Wirfs (ankle), C Ryan Jensen (ankle), OLB Jason Pierre-Paul (personal reasons) and CB Sean Murphy-Bunting (hanstring) are questionable.

What’s at stake? Having made the Cardinals look like playoff imposters, the Rams go on the road and face a real challenge, trying to knock out the defending Super Bowl champions. If they do, the Rams will advance to the NFC title game for the second time in four years. Tom Brady and the Bucs aim to get closer to being the first repeat Super Bowl winners since Brady and the Patriots in the 2003 and 2004 seasons.

Who’s better? This season’s Rams have been trying to emulate the 2020 Bucs by winning the Super Bowl on home turf (SoFi Stadium, Feb. 13) in their first season with a new star quarterback. They’re still looking up at the Bucs, but have cause for confidence after beating them in the regular season two years in a row. Football Outsiders analytics rank the Bucs No. 1 on offense and No. 9 on defense, the Rams No. 8 and…

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