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Game Preview: Week 7 Rams vs Bucs

by Staff Report on October 23, 2010

The Rams lead the all-time series 9-6 in the regular season, but Tampa Bay has knocked off St. Louis in five of the last six regular season meetings. The Bucs rallied for a wild 38-35 victory in Tampa in 2000, held off St. Louis in a 24-17 win in the Dome at America’s Center in 2001, and knocked off the Rams 26-14 in Tampa in 2002, before St. Louis won a closely contested 28-21 Monday Night Football matchup in 2004. The Buccaneers won the last meeting at Raymond James Stadium by a score of 24-3 in 2007. St. Louis also owns victories over the Buccaneers in the 1979 and 1999 NFC Championship games, but in each occasion, the Buccaneers avenged their Championship Game loss with a downing of the Rams the following season in Tampa. Those paybacks included the thrilling 38-35 victory in 2000, one of the most memorable regular season games in team history. The Rams were the first opponent the Tampa Bay franchise ever faced off against, in a preseason contest at the Los Angeles Coliseum (7/31/76), where L.A. won, 26-3. The Bucs first played the Rams in regular season action in 1977, a 31-0 Rams victory. After Los Angeles won again at home in 1978, the Bucs earned their first victory of the series with a 21-6 win in Tampa in 1979. But the Rams gained revenge later that season in the NFC title game. Tampa Bay won 10-9 the following season in a primetime affair, but proceeded to lose six consecutive games to the Rams over an eight-year span. The Bucs ended that skid with a 24-14 win in Tampa (12/11/94). The Rams moved the following season.

GAME INFORMATION
Date: Sunday, October 24, 2010
Kickoff: 1:00 p.m. ET
Site: Raymond James Stadium (65,890)
2010 Records: Tampa Bay 3-2, St. Louis 3-3
Network Television: FOX
Play-by-Play: Dick Stockton, Analysts: Charles Davis, Jim Mora
Bucs Radio: US 103.5, flagship station (103.5 FM, 620 AM)
Play-by-Play: Gene Deckerhoff, Color: Dave Moore, Sideline: T.J. Rives
Last Game: Tampa Bay lost vs. New Orleans 31-6; St. Louis defeated San Diego 20-17

Head-To-Head
St. Louis leads series 9-6 (Regular Season)

SERIES BY THE NUMBERS
Overall Regular Season Series:…………………. St. Louis leads series, 9-7
Home Record vs. St. Louis Rams:……………………………………………6-4
Road Record vs. St. Louis Rams:…………………………………………….1-5
Current Streak:…………………………………. Buccaneers, one game (2007)
Buccaneers Longest Streak:……………………….. Three games (2000-02)
Rams Longest Streak:…………………………………….Six games (1984-92)
Regular Season Point Total:…………………… Buccaneers 335 – Rams 375
Most Points, Buccaneers:…………………….. 38, Buccaneers 38-35 (2000)
Most Points, Rams:…………35, three times, last Buccaneers 38-35 (2000)
Most Points, both teams:…………………….. 73, Buccaneers 38-35 (2000)
Fewest Points, Buccaneers:…………………0, twice, last Rams 9-0 (1979)
Fewest Points, Rams:…………………………….. 6, Buccaneers 21-6 (1979)
Fewest Points, both teams:………………………………9, Rams 9-0 (1979)

What to Watch
Bucs O-Line vs Rams front seven

The Bucs offensive line has allowed 11 sacks in five games and is still struggling to open holes in the running game. This game could see two rookies starting at both guard spot should Joseph and Vincent be unable to go. With the Rams entering the game tied for sixth place with 17 sacks and second place with 10 forced fumbles The injury riddled and undermanned offensive line for the Bucs could be in for a long day.

Josh Freeman vs Rams Secondary
The Rams defense has been down right stingy when it comes to allowing opponents to score, but they have been allowing an average of 227 yards per game through the air. With a banged up secondary Freeman who looked rusty last week will need a bounce back game. With the Bucs inability to run the football and the Rams allowing less then 90 yards a game on the ground over their last three games. The formula for the Bucs to attack the Rams is going to be through the air.

Bucs front seven vs Steven Jackson
Jackson enters the game with 507-yards on the ground with two straight 100 yard performances over the last two weeks. The Bucs who are allowing opposing offenses to gash them for 157-yards per game will no doubt be tested in what amounts to be a battle of strength versus a team weakness.  If the Bucs fail to stop the run early it could be a long day and might lead to the Bucs suffering their third straight home loss.

INJURY REPORT
ST. LOUIS RAMS

Out
CB Justin King (hamstring)
DT Clifton Ryan (migraines)
S Darin Stewart (hamstring)
Doubtful
WR Mardy Gilyard (hamstring)
Questionable
CB Ron Bartell (thigh)
LB Chris Chamberlin (toe)
Probable
LB Na’il Diggs (knee)
CB Kevin Dockery (hamstring)
CB Jerome Murphy (hamstring)
DT Darell Scott (ankle)
LB David Vobora (hamstring)

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
Out
C Jeff Faine (quadricep)
DT Brian Price (pelvis)
Doubtful
CB Elbert Mack (heel)
Questionable
RB Earnest Graham (hamstring)
G Davin Joseph (knee)
LB Barrett Ruud (toe)
G Keydrick Vincent (back)
Probable
DE Kyle Moore (shoulder)
TE Kellen Winslow (knee)

ENEMY COACHES
Rams Head Coach: Steve Spangnuolo
Rams Offensive Coordinator: Pat Shurmur
Rams Defensive Coordinator: Ken Flajole
Rams Special Teams Coach: Tom McMahon

STATISTICAL RANKINGS:
ST. LOUIS RAMS OFFENSE
Overall: 20th (315.0 ypg)
Rushing: 17th (104.3 ypg)
Passing: 19th (210.7 ypg)
Sacks Allowed: 21st (14)
Points Scored: 28th (17.2 ppg)
ST. LOUIS RAMS DEFENSE
Overall: 17th (332.8 ypg)
Rushing: 13th (105.5 ypg)
Passing: 20th (227.3 ypg)
Sacks: 6th (17)
Points Allowed: 11th (18.8 ppg)

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS OFFENSE
Overall: 22nd (306.4 ypg)
Rushing: 27th (91.2 ypg)
Passing: 18th (215.2 ypg)
Sacks Allowed: 12th (11)
Points Scored: 29th (16.0 ppg)
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS DEFENSE
Overall: 26th (367.8 ypg)
Rushing: 31st (157.0 ypg)
Passing: 16th (210.6 ypg)
Sacks: 32nd (4)
Points Allowed: 21st (22.2 ppg)

Buc Central’s Prognostication:
As always we are not advocating gambling based on our views of the game, especially considering we typically are inclined to make such educated guesses using are heart rather the any rational thought applied to picking. We are merely giving an opinion of who we think has the best chance at securing a victory.

RAMS 19
BUCS 17

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