The Tampa Bay Buccaneers take on the St. Louis Rams on Thursday, December 17th in an NFL game which can be seen on NFL Network. The Bucs come right into the game at 6-7 on the season whilst the Rams are 5-8. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were in the mix to really make the playoffs in the NFC but a loss the other day at home to New Orleans likely ends their chances because they come into this game at 6-7. The St. Louis Rams broke an extended losing streak the other day with a win over Detroit but they still are simply 5-8 on the season. Let’s have a look at the Thursday Night Predictions for the game that begins at 8:30 pm Eastern.
The Bucs had the opportunity to get into the playoff picture in the NFC the other day but they couldn’t even beat the Saints at home. Tampa Bay is now realistically out of the race because they would have to win their last three games and then get help. The Bucs are scoring 22 points per game while they allow 25 points per contest. Tampa Bay is 4-2 ATS in their six road games this season with four of those games going beneath the NFL betting total and two going over.
The Rams broke a five-game losing streak by defeating Detroit the other day as Todd Gurley had two touchdowns. The Rams offense has been poor all season but they did find a method to score 21 points at home the other day in the win against the Lions. The Rams are scoring just 16 points per game while allowing 21 points per contest. They are 4-3 contrary to the NFL betting point spread at home this season with five of those seven games going beneath the total.
These teams have split their last ten meetings both upright and contrary to the spread. It is a huge low scoring series with each of the past five meetings going beneath the total. The teams have met in each of the past three seasons with the Rams winning each time. The Rams won 19-17 in Tampa Bay last season. 2 yrs ago it had been St. Louis winning 23-13 at home. The Bucs have won just once all-time in St. Louis and that has been in 2001.
The win the other day may inspire the Rams to play well down the stretch and the Bucs may have a big letdown after losing to the Saints the other day so I will need St. Louis to win this contest on Thursday Night Predictions contest.