A yr in the past, Tom Brady bought a change of surroundings after 20 seasons in New England and received a Super Bowl with Tampa Bay.
This yr, Matthew Stafford, who performed his first 12 NFL seasons in Detroit, is making an attempt to duplicate Brady’s feat along with his new workforce, the Rams.
On Sunday, Brady and the Buccaneers go to Stafford and the Rams at SoFi Stadium. The Bucs and Rams are the one two groups within the NFC that have been within the playoffs final yr and are 2-0 coming into Week 3 this season.
This is the Buccaneers’ first street recreation this season. Tampa Bay enters the sport driving a 10-game successful streak, relationship to final season’s Super Bowl run.
The Buccaneers lead the NFL in scoring with a mean of 39.5 factors per recreation and have scored 30 or extra factors in every of their previous 9, turning into the primary workforce in NFL historical past to do this. The Rams are second within the league with 30.5 factors per recreation.
“Every game is important, but there are games that definitely feel more important and I would say this is one of those games,’’ Bucs tight end Rob Gronkowski told reporters this week. “You kind of have that bitter taste. They came in here and beat us in the last couple minutes on a game-winning field goal [last season]. They’ve got a very solid team. They’re 2-0, so there is a lot more hype. I kind of gets the jitters going with games like this. It’s going to be a good one.”
Both Brady and Stafford are taking part in effectively. Brady leads the NFL with 9 landing passes and has led the Bucs to TDs in 7 of their 10 journeys into the pink zone. Stafford has thrown 5 TD passes in two video games and has a passer score of 127.0.
The Buccaneers could have issue extending that 30-point streak in opposition to a stout Rams protection that completed first within the NFL in each factors and yards allowed in 2020, and is led by defensive deal with Aaron Donald and cornerback tandem Jalen Ramsey and Darious Williams.
Tampa Bay has expertise on its protection, with edge rusher Shaquil Barrett and inside linemen Devin White and Vita Vea, however has allowed 27 factors per recreation this season together with 342 passing yards per recreation.
One problem the Buccaneers face is COVID-19 associated. Receiver Antonio Brown examined constructive Wednesday, making him a query mark for the sport as a result of he’ll want two unfavourable assessments 24 hours aside. Though Brown is second on the workforce with 138 receiving yards, Tampa Bay is deep at receiver, with Scotty Miller and Tyler Johnson behind prime targets Mike Evans and Chris Godwin.
For the Rams, Stafford’s favourite goal has been broad receiver Cooper Kupp, who has 16 receptions for 271 yards and three TDs by the primary two video games. Kupp works out of the slot so much, which implies dealing with Tampa Bay corners Ross Cockrell and Mike Edwards.
“They just kind of have a system that works really well for them,’’ Bucs cornerback Carlton Davis told reporters of the Rams’ passing attack. “They’re confident in their plays and how they run them. It’s a lot of quick throws, getting the ball out of the quarterback’s hands, giving it to the playmakers and allowing them to make plays. That’s what makes them dangerous, they get the ball to their playmakers and allow them to play the ball.”