Bet on the NFL Week 7: Rams vs Buccaneers Predictions

October 22nd, 2010 by

rams vs buccaneersA lot of strange things have happened in the 2010 NFL gambling action so far this season but two of the strangest developments in the league this year have been the play of the St Louis Rams (3-3) and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-2).

These have been two of the worst franchises in football over the past five years, but this year in what has been a very pleasant surprise for fans, both of these teams have far exceeded expectations and both still have a legitimate shot at the postseason.

Kickoff for this Sunday matchup is set for 1:05 Eastern Time and sbgglobal sportsbook opened with the Bucs as a 2.5-point favorite with an over/under total at 38.

For the Rams this year has been dream come true. Through 6 games this team has already matched or exceeded its win total over most of the past half decade. Rookie QB Sam Bradford has been even better than club expected (226.2 yards per game, 7 TDs, 8 INTs). Granted, he’s far from perfect but he’s the main reason why this team is at .500. The team’s defense has also been impressive. It’s ranked 11h in the NFL betting odds allowing just 18.8 ppg and has 9 forced fumbles through 6 games.

The Bucs have been an even bigger success story with a winning record and one of the most promising young QBs in the league in Josh Freeman. Freeman won’t dazzle you so much with his stats but he makes smart decisions, can get first downs with his feet and his TD/INT ration of 6/3 is probably the best expression of his worth to this team.

Both offenses struggle in the running game and have various flaws but neither had a huge advantage over the other.

Where the two teams separate themselves is on the defensive side of the ball where St Louis has a big advantage. The Bucs defense ranks at 21st in the NFL (22.2 ppg). However, its pass defense has already grabbed 10 INTs this season and against INT prone Bradford (8 INTs) that’s a major advantage.

Still, the Rams defense is one of the best in the league and this team should win a close one in this sports betting matchup.

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