2022 NFL Playoffs: Los Angeles Rams vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers NFC Divisional Round Betting Odds, Preview, and Picks

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It wouldn’t be an NFL postseason without Tom Brady in the mix. Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are still alive in their quest of winning back-to-back Super Bowl titles and the eighth in TB12’s storied career. However, the resurgent Los Angeles Rams are entering Sunday’s Divisional Round clash with better health and more confidence than the defending champions.

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2022 NFL Playoffs: Los Angeles Rams vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers NFC Divisional Round preview and odds 

Where: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL
When: Sunday, January 23, 2022, 3:00 PM ET
Odds: Los Angeles Rams (+2.5) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-2.5); total: 48.5
Where to Watch: NBC

What to know about the Los Angeles Rams

Los Angeles Rams vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers betting odds for Los Angeles: +2.5

It took 13 years for Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford to win his first-ever NFL playoff game, and it could not have come at a better time for him. The Rams humbled division rivals the Arizona Cardinals in last weekend’s wild-card game, 34-11, with a complete showing of their depth and talent.

Stafford, who’s thrown eight interceptions in his last four starts of the regular season, completed 13 of his 17 passes for 202 yards, two touchdowns, and not one pick against the Cards. Los Angeles leaned on solid performances from their running back duo of Sony Michel and Cam Akers, who combined for 113 rushing yards on 30 carries to keep Arizona’s potent offense on the sidelines and eat up as much clock as possible.

The Rams’ defense also did a terrific job by holding the Cardinals to just 178 yards of total offense and 0-for-9 on third downs whilst also putting up two sacks and two forced turnovers. Former Super Bowl MVP Von Miller accounted for one of those sacks and finished with six tackles as one of the biggest additions to LA’s already star-studded stop unit. 

What to know about the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Los Angeles Rams vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers betting odds for Tampa Bay: -2.5

Not even the lack of offensive weaponry was enough to deny the Tampa Bay Buccaneers a victory over the Philadelphia Eagles in their Divisional Round battle last weekend. The Bucs cruised to a 31-15 win over the Eagles, as Tom Brady put on another clinical display of postseason football under center.

Brady went 29-of-37 for 271 passing yards and two passing TDs, connecting with his two best remaining options downfield early and often. Mike Evans led all Bucs receivers with 10 targets, nine catches, and 117 receiving yards to go with his trip to the end zone. Meanwhile, TB12’s long-time Pats teammate, Rob Gronkowski, also dominated with five catches for 31 yards and another score.

The Buccaneers have been unbeatable over the past month. However, their defense will be put to the ultimate test against a potent Rams offense. The Bucs have merely had to deal with lackluster offenses during their current four-game win streak, with two of those victories coming against the disappointing Panthers and another versus the lowly Jets.

 

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Los Angeles Rams vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers betting trends

  • Los Angeles went 7-2 on the road this season (4-5 ATS). The point total went over in four of the team’s last six road games.
  • Tampa Bay is 11-1 at home dating back to the previous season, including the playoffs (10-2 ATS). However, the team is 0-2 against the Rams with Brady as its starting QB and 1-7 overall in this matchup since 2012 (SU/ATS).

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What’s your Los Angeles Rams vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Divisional Round prediction?

It’s really hard to bet against Brady at home in the playoffs, especially with how the Bucs looked against the Eagles last week. Then again, the Rams had a much more impressive showing than Tampa Bay with their own postseason win against the Cardinals and are much healthier on both sides of the ball as well. In turn, consider this NFC Divisional Round showdown a toss-up.

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*All stated odds are subject to change without prior notice.

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