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Best bets for Bucs-Rams Week 3 game

By VSiN Staff  (VSiN.com) 

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Below is your betting preview from Brent Musburger and other members of our team for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Los Angeles Rams game this Sunday.  This is just a sample of the 24/7 insights and analysis provided by VSiN, The Sports Betting Network. 

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-1, 55) at Los Angeles Rams

Market report from Vegas bookmaker Chris Andrews: I opened this game pick-em, but other shops had opened earlier around Rams -2. They were hit with Tampa Bay money. My power ratings had the Rams by half a point. I can’t open a game at -0.5, obviously, so I read the market and went with pick-em. Early money was on Tampa Bay, so I moved to Bucs -1.

I know that a further move to TB -1.5 would open the door to “basic strategy” two-team teaser bettors who like to cross the 3 and the 7 (they could move the Rams up to + 7.5). Honestly, I’m much less concerned about teaser exposure with short underdogs. Our clientele loves to move favorites down, rather than short dogs up. I think sharps would definitely include Rams + 7.5 (or better) in six-point two-teamers; the public is less likely. On the total, I opened 54.5. They bet me Over, so I moved to 55.

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Musburger: This contest could be an NFC Championship Game preview. Tom Brady is hottest quarterback in the league. He followed up four-touchdown game against Dallas with a monster five-TD performance against Atlanta, yet he opened an underdog this week in L.A. against the Rams. Matthew Stafford and the Rams are 2-0 after escaping Indy, 27-24. Bookies dropped home field to -1 for this game, mindful that Aaron Donald and the Rams D present a challenge to Tampa Bay traveling three time zones to the west. Brady and the Bucs are 5-0 in their last five games as an underdog. 

Bet against Brady with your money -- not mine! 

Pick: Bucs 27, Rams 24

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Youmans: Who’s tired of the Brady hype? Too bad. He’s 44 and still looks about as sharp as ever, with nine touchdown passes in two games. He’s also surrounded by elite weapons, something he lacked in his final season in New England, and the Buccaneers boast the league’s No. 1 scoring offense at 39.5 points per game. But this is a much tougher matchup for Brady than what he faced against the Atlanta and Dallas defenses. It’s imperative to get pressure up the middle in Brady’s face, and the Aaron Donald-led Rams front can do just that. Los Angeles' pass coverage in the secondary is solid as well.

The Buccaneers’ weakness -- and maybe their only one -- is the defensive secondary. Tampa Bay has allowed 342 yards per game through the air this season (30th in the league). Rams coach Sean McVay will scheme to exploit the this advantage by letting Stafford cut it loose. Stafford’s record against winning teams was abysmal during his Detroit years, but the Lions are in the past and the McVay-Stafford tandem has shown promise so far.

I believe the Buccaneers will win at least 13 games this season, but the upcoming two-game trip to L.A. and New England is by far their toughest stretch on the schedule. Brady will not be looking ahead to the Patriots, so that’s not part of the handicap. I rank the Rams as the biggest threat to the Bucs in the NFC.

Pick: Rams + 1

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Burke: The burning questions in this game are whether or not the Buccaneers can take away Cooper Kupp and if the Rams can get pressure on Brady. Neither coach has delusions about his running game, so we are unlikely to see many carries either way, especially if Darrell Henderson cannot go for the Rams.

Los Angeles is fifth in yards per play through two games, but ranks 30th in the number of offensive plays that have been run. Of those 110 plays, Kupp has been targeted 21 times out of 55 team targets. Kupp has 16 catches; no other player has more than eight. We’ll have to see how much McVay moves Kupp around and if he’ll see more of Buccaneers CB Carlton Davis or Jamel Dean.

Davis is second in the NFL in passes defended with four. Teammate Mike Edwards, who already has two pick-sixes on the season and could draw Kupp if he lines up in the slot, is among those tied for fifth with three. Kupp’s ability to get open is the biggest key to this game for the Rams.

Los Angeles needs the pass rush to get there against Brady. Brady has already targeted five different players at least 10 times. He spreads the ball around as well as any QB in the NFL and that presents a problem for the Rams. Jalen Ramsey and Donald are studs. Maybe Taylor Rapp and Jordan Fuller are becoming great defenders, but the Rams are going to miss guys like Troy Hill and Josh Johnson in this game because of Brady’s ability to target multiple guys and his innate ability to almost always find the mismatch and the open receiver.

My feeling is that the Buccaneers can slow down Kupp and the Rams will struggle to take away enough of Brady’s options.

Pick: Bucs -1

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