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MNF Recap: Rams Defense Confounds Brady & Buccaneers

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have had a rollercoaster of a season. Tom Brady and the Bucs never look like the same team week to week. The offense that scored 46 points against the Panthers in Week 10 only amassed a field goal in a blowout loss to the Saints in Week 9. Tampa was favored by four points heading into a home NFC battle versus the Los Angeles Rams on Monday Night Football.

SportsCastr News NFL’s Joe Noobo, Lawrence Owen, and Ray Rauth previewed the battle between Aaron Donald and Tom Brady on Monday Night Football. Article courtesy of ClutchPoints NFL
SportsCastr News NFL’s Lawrence Owen recaps the Rams upset victory over the Buccaneers on Monday Night Football. Article courtesy of ClutchPoints NFL

SportsCastr News NFL’s Joe Noobo, Lawrence Owen, and Ray Rauth had the pre and postgame coverage for the contest between two supposed playoff teams. While the group’s pregame predictions may have been varied, Ray Rauth had almost the exact prediction of the ending: a Matt Gay game winning field goal. Although it wasn’t a buzzer beater, Gay’s 40-yard field goal with under 3 minutes left was just enough to pull out the 27-24 victory for the Rams.

This win was truly a team effort for LA, as countless players contributed to the victory. QB Jared Goff was 39/51, for 376 yards and two touchdowns. Receivers Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods were the standouts of the passing game, both amassing 10+ catches and over 270 yards combined. On the other side of the ball, the Rams defense played a ferocious game, finishing with only one sack, but two key interceptions on Tom Brady from safety Jordan Fuller.

While Kupp and Woods shredded the Buccaneers defense, Mike Evans and Antonio Brown had a little more trouble on the offensive end. Despite his up and down game, Evans’s most memorable play of the night came on a short touchdown where the big-bodied receiver dragged two defenders into the endzone. On his SportsCastr recap stream, Lawrence Owen pointed out that the defensive back-wide receiver battle raged on both sides. Questionable pass interference flags were flying throughout the night.

With the victory, the Rams are now tied for first in the NFC West with the Seattle Seahawks at 7-3. For the Buccaneers, this loss drops them to 7-4, and further away from the division-leading Saints, who stand at 8-2. Tom Brady and the Buccaneers have disappointed versus top defenses across the league this year, as discussed on the SportsCastr News stream. Bruce Arians must figure out a solution to ensure his team remains a contender in the tight NFC.

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