December 23, 2012; Tampa, FL, USA; St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford (8) throws he ball as Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Da

Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ St. Louis Rams Preview, Game Time, and Channel Info


December 23, 2012; Tampa, FL, USA; St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson (39) runs with the ball as Tampa Bay Buccaneers strong safety Mark Barron (24) and free safety Ronde Barber (20) defend during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. St. Louis Rams defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 28-13. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

This week the St. Louis Rams and Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be going head to head in the Edward Jones Dome. Although neither team has anything to play for, you can be sure each team is still going to play their hearts out.

This game will be played at 12:00 CT on FOX on channel 711 on their NFL Sunday Ticket package. If you dont have the package, you can still catch the audio of the game live on fandio.com or using NFL audio pass. You can also catch the game at a later time using NFL game rewind.

The St. Louis Rams come into this game at 6-8 looking to match their win total from last season as well as finish with a winning record at home. The Rams will be wearing their old blue and yellow throwback uniforms in memory of the NFC Championship game played between these two teams in 2000 on the Rams’ Super Bowl run.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers come into this game at 4-10 and have won four of their last six games after starting 0-8. The Bucs traded away Josh Freeman early on in the season and are now riding behind quarterback Mike Glennon who has played pretty well and has developed a connection with wide receiver Vincent Jackson.

 

Injury Report

 Tampa Bay Buccaneers

S Mark Barron-Hamstring-Limited Participation in Practice-Questionable

DE Da’Quan Bowers-Knee-Did Not Participate In Practice-Out

G Davin Joseph-Knee-Full Participation in Practice-Probable

DT Akeem Spence-Wrist-Full Participation in Practice-Probable

LB Lavonte David-Hamstring-Full Participation in Practice-Probable

WR Vincent Jackson-Hamstring-Full Participation in Practice-Probable

G Carl Nicks-Foot-Did Not Participate In Practice-Out

         St. Louis Rams

WR Tavon Austin-Ankle-Did Not Participate In Practice-Questionable

T Mike Person-Illness-Did Not Participate In Practice-Probable

RB Daryl Richardson-Thigh-Did Not Participate In Practice-Questionable

LB Will Witherspoon-Illness-Did Not Participate In Practice-Probable

CB Janoris Jenkins-Back-Limited Participation in Practice-Probable

 

Players To Watch: Robert Quinn and Gerald McCoy

Both of these players have been disrupting offensive lines throughout the season. The key for both of these offenses success will be which team can contain these two players and if they do get contained, who will be able to step up.

 

Matchup To Watch: Rams Secondary vs Vincent Jackson

Much of the Buccaneers’ offensive success relies on Vincent Jackson. If the Rams secondary allows Jackson to beat them deep a few time, the Bucs will win this game or at least make it close. The Rams did a good job of stopping the deep ball last week and they will need to do so once again this week.

 

Last Meeting: Rams 28 Buccaneers 13

These two teams played in week 16 of last season only it was played in Tampa Bay. The play of the game was the first play of the second half when Sam Bradford hit Lance Kendricks who went 80 yards to extend the lead to 21-6. The Rams defense stopped the Buccaneers offense twice inside the ten yard line making any chance of a comeback impossible.

 

Prediction: Rams 24 Buccaneers 13

The Rams play well at home and the Buccaneers have not played well on the road. The Rams have been inconsistent this season, but I think Robert Quinn and the Rams defense gives Mike Glennon and the Bucs offense trouble and help get the Rams a win.

 

These two teams are a lot different than they were when they played just a season ago. Both teams have different starting quarterback and running backs. This team may not have any playoff implications, but it will surely be a good one.

 

 

 

 

 

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