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Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Los Angeles Rams: Five Bold Predictions

Can the Bucs make a bold statement on Monday Night Football?

Tampa Bay Buccaneers v Carolina Panthers
It’s Week 11, folks!
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Tampa Bay (7-3) is in primetime yet again as it takes on the Los Angeles Rams (6-3) in Raymond James Stadium.

Thanks to a strong performance from Ronald Jones II, David Harrison nailed his bold prediction last week. James Yarcho was just a Panther sack away from hitting his. I don’t really know what Jason’s stated (I think it was a touchdown for both Jones and Leonard Fournette), but what the hell, we’ll give it to him anyway!

Who will hit the target on Monday Night Football? Let’s dive in and check out this week’s bold predictions.


Jason: I’m sticking with my bold prediction from the Week 11 Preview on the North & South Podcast. One of the biggest story lines has been the offensive line. I have to believe the Bucs are extremely focused on the protection up front. Tom Brady was sacked only once last week by Carolina’s Efe Obada when Jensen got beat. Jensen doesn’t let many get through and likely won’t let it happen again. My bold protection is that Brady will come out virtually untouched, and the Rams will not have a sack in week 11.

Bailey: The Los Angeles defense, like Tampa Bay’s, is strong against the run. It is allowing the fifth-fewest rushing yards per game this season (96.8) and has yet to allow a 100-yard rushing game to an opposing running back. Ezekiel Elliott (96 yards on 22 carries) and Miles Sanders (95 yards on 20 carries) have come the closest to breaking 100. But my bold prediction is that Ronald Jones II does it this week. I’m calling for 100-plus and at least one touchdown from RoJo.

David: If he plays, Matt Gay will be making his return to Raymond James Stadium, and well- #ItsABucsLife, so Ryan Succop will have a worse total kicks made percentage than Gay. To add some extra fire, Gay will make the very kick he missed to lose the home contest against the New York Giants as well. Good news for Bucs fans though is their team still wins.

Evan: I really don’t have a good feeling about this game and a lot of it (like, 94%) has to do with the absence of Ali Marpet. He was a major reason the Bucs slowed down the likes of Aaron Donald and co. en route to the 55-40 win in 2019. I don’t think the Bucs can contain Donald and co. this time around without Marpet. I mean, the Rams sacked Russell Wilson six times last week. How good do we feel about Brady if he is under the same amount of duress? Because of this, the Rams rack up a minimum of six sacks on the Bucs on Monday night.

James: With Jalen Ramsey and Darious Williams playing as well as they have been, it's not far-fetched to think that Mike Evans and Chris Godwin may find it difficult to have success on Monday night. So, the ball is going to have to go somewhere if the Bucs are going to find a way to win this game. Enter old faithful. Tom Brady is going to feed Rob Gronkowski early and often in this game which is why my bold prediction is that Gronk finishes with over 80 yards receiving and he finds the end zone twice to help spark the Bucs to a big prime time victory.

Editor’s Pick by Gil Arcia: Lots of pessimism in this here week of predictions, I see. So for the love of positivity, I am going to pick Jason, Bailey, and James this week. Brady won’t get sacked, RoJo goes off (again), and Gronk gets fed. Time for the Bucs to put this primetime crap to bed and get real.

Poll

Which bold prediction do you like most for Week 11?

This poll is closed

  • 8%
    No sacks on Brady
    (57 votes)
  • 22%
    RoJo runs well
    (142 votes)
  • 2%
    Succop sucks
    (14 votes)
  • 14%
    Six sacks on Brady
    (94 votes)
  • 45%
    A productive Gronk
    (286 votes)
  • 6%
    Gil’s wildcard optimism
    (41 votes)
634 votes total Vote Now