Gameday Tampa Bay

September 26th, 2021

Game 3

Bucs (2-0) at Rams (2-0)

Kickoff: 4:25 p.m.

TV: FOX (WTVT-TV Channel 13, locally), DirecTV Channel 716.

Streaming: Fans may stream the broadcast from or on a mobile device using one of the following: Buccaneers official app, or Yahoo! Sports app. Geographic restrictions apply.

Radio: Buccaneers Radio Network WXTB-FM 97.9 in the Tampa-St. Petersburg region (Transmisiones de radio en español en WTMP-FM 96.1 y WMGG-AM 1470 en Tampa). Additional stations throughout Florida on the Buccaneers Radio Network can be found here. The game will also be broadcast on SiriusXM Channel 383.

Weather: Per, just about a perfect day in Los Angeles. Now most think SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles is a dome. It is not, though it has a roof. It is open-air with a clear roof for protection from a rare rain shower. Tailgaters will enjoy temperatures in the high-60s and by gametime the temperature should be 73 and stay steady with zero percent chance of rain.

Odds: Per BetMGM, as of midnight Saturday, Bucs -1; over/under 55.5.

Zebras: The game will be officiated by Craig Wrolstad and his crew. Though Wrolstad and his gang have only worked one game this season, per, they have thrown 17 penalties! So this ought to be a long game. Wrolstad’s crew love to throw holding flags, which is very frustrating to watch.

Outlook:  The way Joe looks at this game, the Bucs will at least have to hit their scoring average — 39 points a game. If that played out for the full 17-week season, it would set a new NFL record. Joe doesn’t like how the Bucs’ defense is playing right now. Oh, Joe is confident Bucs defensive coordinator Todd Bowles will have it figured out at some point. But until proven otherwise, the defense is struggling. Now take away Jason Pierre-Paul and the already stunted pass rush is additionally weakened. The way the secondary is playing, if you give Matt Stafford time he will roast them. So Joe believes the Bucs will have to push the ball big time on offense and if they don’t hit 40, Joe isn’t sure the Bucs will win. Joe really believes for the Bucs to win, they nearly will have to duplicate their last game in Los Angeles in 2019, when the Bucs won 55-40.

Trinkets: … Bucs QB Tom Brady passed for 276 yards and 5 touchdowns against 0 interceptions in Week 2. Has 35 games with 4+ touchdown passes, tied second-most in NFL history. Became fifth quarterback with 4+ touchdown passes in each of his team’s first 2 games of the season. has 4+ touchdown passes in 4 consecutive games, tied-second longest streak ever. Has 10 touchdowns against 4 interceptions in 5 career regular season starts against the Rams. Passed for 2,516 yards (314.5 per game) and had 24 touchdowns (21 passing, 3 rush) against 2 interceptions in 8 road starts last season. … RB Leonard Fournette had 76 scrimmage yards (52 rushing, 24 receiving) in Week 2. Aims for his third in a row on road with rushing touchdown. … WR Mike Evans had 75 receiving yards and 2 touchdown catches last week. Has 13 games with 2+ receiving touchdowns since 2014, tied for second-most in NFL. Has 476 receiving yards (95.2 per game) in 5 career games against the Rams and aims for his fourth in a row against the Rams with a touchdown catch. … WR Chris Godwin had a touchdown last week and aims for his 6th in a row with receiving touchdown. Godwin had 12 catches for 172 yards and 2 touchdowns in the last road meeting. Aims for his third in a row against Los Angeles with a touchdown catch. … TE Rob Gronkowski became the third tight end with 2+ receiving touchdowns in each of his team’s first 2 games of the season. He has 19 regular season games with 2+ receiving touchdowns, second-most by a tight end in NFL history. … LB Lavonte David has 59 tackles (8.4 per game) and 11 tackles for loss in 7 career games against Los Angeles. He had an interception in the last road meeting. … LB Devin White has 10+ tackles in 3 of his past 4 games. He has 8 sacks in his past 5 on road. … S Mike Edwards became the first player since 1992 (Robert Massey) with two interception-touchdowns in the fourth quarter of a single game. … Rams QB Matt Stafford passed for 278 yards and 2 touchdowns against an interception in Week 2. Has 295+ pass yards in 4 of his 5 career starts against Tampa Bay. Aims for his fourth in a row with 2+ touchdown passes. … RB Darrell Henderson had 82 scrimmage yards (53 rushing, 29 receiving) and a rushing touchdown in Week 2. Looks for his third in a row with 80+ scrimmage yards and a rushing touchdown. … WR Cooper Kupp had 9 receptions for 163 yards and 2 touchdowns in Week 2, his third-career game with 150+ receiving yards. Is 1 of 2 wide receivers (Tyler Lockett) with 100+ receiving yards and a touchdown catch in each of the first 2 weeks. He had 11 receptions for 145 yards in the last meeting. Aims for his third in a row against Tampa Bay with 120+ receiving yards. … WR Robert Woods had 5 receptions in Week 2. He had 12 catches for 130 yards and a receiving touchdown in the last meeting. He had 13 receptions for 164 yards in the last home meeting. … DL Aaron Donald aims for his ninth game in a row with a tackle for loss. He has 7 tackles for loss in 5 career games against Tampa Bay. Since 2014, Donald leads the NFL in sacks (86.5) and tackles for loss (133). … CB Jalen Ramsey had his 12th-career interception last week. Ramsey looks for his 6th game in a row with a pass defensed. … LB Leonard Floyd had his first sack of the season in Week 2. … DL Sebastian Joseph-Day had a career-high 9 tackles and his fourth-career sack last week. … LB Troy Reeder had his first-career interception in Week 2. … S Jordan Fuller had 7 tackles and a pass defensed last week. He aims for his seventh in a row with 5+ tackles. He had 2 interceptions in the last meeting. … S Taylor Rapp had 9 tackles in Week 2. Looks for his third in a row with 8+ tackles.

Enjoy today’s Ira Kaufman Podcast.

13 Responses to “Gameday Tampa Bay”

  1. Medicated Pete Says:

    Pete’s already tailgating at the Walmart parking lot next to his camper. Making birria tacos & doing tequila shots

  2. August 1976 Buc Says:

    Go Bucs!!!! Another great 4:25 am Monday morning game time start from Iloilo City Philippines lol

    Brady Clean jersey and not a bunch of turnovers = Bucs Win a shootout at the SoFi Corral.


  3. Joe Says:

    Another great 4:25 am Monday morning game time start from Iloilo City Philippines lol

    Now this is a fan!

  4. Crickett Baker Says:

    Wow! Very informative well-researched article! Devon got me all pumped up, too.

  5. August 1976 Buc Says:

    lol lol lol GO JBF GO BUCS!!!!

  6. SB~LV Says:

    Today we will find out if they have put last year behind them!
    Go Bucs 3-0 !
    All Darden has to do if given the chance at WR is run his route, catch the ball and get positive yards running north, south! Keep it simple kid !

  7. SB~LV Says:

    Oh ! We get to watch Jameis at 1 today on Fox

  8. ClodHopper Says:

    This is the NFL and it seems every time we are *expecting* an instant classic with a couple 40 burgers we actually get a game that’s closer to 20-17

  9. Rob In Land O Lakes Says:

    Thanks for the prep as always, Joe!

  10. Buc1987 Says:

    Lets do this….. 3-0.

  11. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    Glad that this group of referees are known for calling Holding a lot.
    The Rams O Line holds a lot every time we play them. Let’s hope they get called for it today!

  12. Buxszntkt Says:

    Dallas still has hottest chearleader posted by Joe !

  13. Bush's Coke Spoon Says:

    I see… the Bucs reflect the updated Tallahassee radio information in their app, but failed to update this web page. I just sent them a note.