Buccaneers at Rams: Odds, trends and more


The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the St. Louis Rams are teams traveling in two different directions as franchises.

The Buccaneers have a great young quarterback in Jameis Winston, and the team is beginning to see some growth and maturity from their young quarterback, as he has them right on the outside of the playoff race. The Rams meanwhile are a team that doesn’t have a secure future home, nor do they have a head coach with a secure job going forward, as the team continues to struggle.

Despite the Rams season going south on them, they are still 2.5-point favorites at home against the young Buccaneers squad, that while talented, still shows signs of youth on a weekly basis. Winston is going to want to go all out for his first pro game with national television coverage, and it will be interesting to see how he performs. The OVER/UNDER is 41 according to OddsShark.com.

With the Rams banged up defensively, both up front and in the secondary, this could be the game where Winston takes that next step and turns heads as a future star quarterback in this league. He’s on his way there, but this could be a big game for his experience going forward.

As for trends in this game, the Buccaneers are a risky bet, as they are just 2-9 ATS in their last 11 December road games. It should also be a low-scoring game, as the total has gone under in eight of the last 11 road games for the Buccaneers. Looks like it’s the perfect opportunity for Winston to overcome the odds.