The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will try to continue their postseason success when they take on the Los Angeles Rams in the 2022 NFL playoffs on Sunday. The Buccaneers (14-4), who are trying to become the first team since the 2004 New England Patriots to win back-to-back Super Bowls, are 11-9 all-time in the postseason. The Rams (13-5), who are looking for their first Super Bowl win since the 1999 season and first Super Bowl appearance since 2018, are 23-27 all-time in the NFL playoff bracket. Los Angeles is making its fourth postseason appearance in five years.
Kickoff from Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., is set for 3 p.m. ET. Tampa Bay is a three-point favorite in the latest Rams vs. Buccaneers odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over-under for total points scored is 48. Before you make any Rams vs. Buccaneers bets or NFL playoff predictions, make sure you check out what SportsLine NFL expert R.J. White has to say.
White, a CBS Sports fantasy and gambling editor, ended the 2020 season on an 80-59 run on all NFL picks, returning more than $1,400 during that span. It’s no surprise, as White has cashed huge twice in the world’s most prestigious football handicapping competition, the Las Vegas SuperContest.
In addition, White is 33-18-4 on his last 55 against-the-spread picks involving the Buccaneers. Anyone who has followed him is way up.
Now, White has zoned in on Rams vs. Buccaneers, and just locked in his NFL playoff picks and Divisional Round predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see his White’s picks. Here are several NFL odds for Rams vs. Buccaneers:
Buccaneers vs. Rams spread: Tampa Bay -3Buccaneers vs. Rams over-under: 48 points Buccaneers vs. Rams money line: Los Angeles +125, Tampa Bay -145LAR: Rams are 4-1 against the spread in their last five games against NFC opponentsTB: Buccaneers are 7-1 ATS in their last eight games as home favorites
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Why the Buccaneers can cover
Tight end Rob Gronkowski has made a habit of coming up big when his team needs him the most. He has 15 receiving touchdowns in 21 career playoff games, second-most in postseason history. Last week against Philadelphia, Gronkowski caught five passes for 31 yards and one touchdown. He also converted two first downs. In 12 regular-season games, Gronkowski caught 55 passes for 802 yards (14.6 average) and six touchdowns.
Defensively, linebacker Lavonte David has four pass breakups in his past five playoff games and is one of two players with 85 or more tackles in each of the past 10 seasons. In 12 regular-season games this year, David made 97 tackles, including 63 solo, with two sacks and five tackles for loss. He broke up three passes, forced two fumbles and recovered one. He registered two tackles in last week’s win over the Eagles.
Why the Rams can cover
Mid-season pickup Odell Beckham Jr. has bolstered Los Angeles’ receiving corps and has made a difference in the offense. In eight games, Beckham has six receiving touchdowns, including his first playoff TD catch in last week’s Wild Card game against Arizona. In that game, Beckham finished with four catches for 54 yards, including one explosive reception of 31 yards. He also converted three first downs. During the regular season, he had 27 receptions for 305 yards (11.3 average) with three explosive plays and 16 first-down conversions.
Defensively, Los Angeles has been powered by lineman Aaron Donald, who had 12.5 sacks in 2021 and became the fourth player since 1982 with eight or more sacks in each of his first eight seasons. He has six tackles for loss in seven postseason games, and had a sack and forced fumble in the Week 3 meeting with the Bucs. In 17 regular-season games, Donald recorded 84 tackles, including 38 solo, with 12.5 sacks for 111 yards and 19 tackles for loss. He broke up four passes and forced four fumbles.
How to make Rams vs. Buccaneers picks
For Sunday’s Divisional matchup, White is leaning under on the total. He also has discovered a critical X-factor that has him jumping all over one side of the spread. He’s only sharing what it is, and which side of the Buccaneers vs. Rams spread to back at SportsLine.
So who wins Rams vs. Buccaneers in the 2022 NFL playoffs? And which critical X-factor makes one side of the spread a must-back? Visit SportsLine now to see R.J. White’s Rams vs. Buccaneers picks and analysis, all from the NFL expert who’s 33-18 on against the spread picks involving Tampa Bay, and find out.