Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Los Angeles Rams picks, predictions: Who wins NFL Week 3 game?

Jeremy Cluff
Arizona Republic

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Los Angeles Rams face off on Sunday in a Week 3 NFL game.

Which team will get the victory?

Check out these NFL Week 3 picks and predictions for the game, which can be seen at 1:25 p.m. MST time on Fox.

The Rams are a 0.5-point favorite in the game.

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Pro Football Network: Rams 30, Buccaneers 27

Ben Rolfe writes: "A potential NFC Championship Game preview and a revenge game for Tom Brady all rolled into one. We all know the script for beating Brady — pressure up the middle. Thanks to Aaron Donald, the Rams are better equipped than anyone to follow that recipe. Throw in a suspect Tampa Bay secondary, and the Rams should be able to come away with the victory."

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Sportsnaut: Buccaneers 31, Rams 27

Matt Fitzgerald writes: "Before the Cam Akers injury, we projected this would be the first loss on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers schedule. With the Rams’ explosive back sidelined for the season, that takes away an important element to this offense and swings this matchup back in the Bucs’ favor, especially with the way Tom Brady is playing right now."

Play Picks: Rams will cover against the Buccaneers

Brian Sausa writes: "In what could be one of the best games of the slate, the Buccaneers will visit SoFi Stadium to play the Rams in Los Angeles. After an impressive debut from Matthew Stafford in blue and gold, the Rams are slight favorites in the Bucs’ first road game of the season. These two teams are quite similar in some ways but in what is vitually a toss-up game, we’re taking the Rams at home to handle business against a Bucs defense that hasn’t quite had the same bite to it early on. We’ve said it before, but Stafford is a perfect fit for Sean McVay and is the missing link in this offense. That combined with how Aaron Donald and this defense get after it at home, someone has to win at a packed-out SoFi before we take the other side."

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Sports World News: Rams will defeat Buccaneers in Week 3

It writes: "What makes the Rams confident heading into their Week 3 clash with the Bucs is the burgeoning partnership between Stafford and Cooper Kupp. Their connection remained strong for the second week running, with Kupp catching nine passes for 163 yards and two touchdowns in the win against the Colts. Stafford and Kupp will fancy their chances against a Tampa Bay secondary which is the Achilles heel of the defending champs this season. The Bucs are second-worst in the league in passing defense this campaign, allowing 684 yards through the air in their first two games against Dallas and Atlanta."

Sportsnaut: Buccaneers 31, Rams 21

Matt Johnson writes: "The Los Angeles Rams certainly have the talent to cause some problems for the Buccaneers. But Tampa Bay’s pass rush is going to cause issues for the Rams’ offensive lines that leaked pressure in the first two games. You can also bet Tom Brady will find weak spots in the secondary. It should be an entertaining matchup, but the Bucs are clearly the better team."

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Draft Kings: Take the Buccaneers with the points against the Rams

Chinmay Vaidya writes: "The Rams were shaky in a Week 2 victory over the Colts, but still have one of the best defenses in the league. Brady is on fire though, and should be able to find openings in LA’s secondary. Matthew Stafford had an off day against Indianapolis after lighting up the Bears in Week 1. Expect Tampa Bay’s opportunistic defense to get after him."

FiveThirtyEight.com: Rams have a 51% win probability

The site gives the Buccaneers a 49% win probability.

ESPN: Rams have a 55.4% chance to win

The site's Football Power Index gives the Buccaneers a 44.3% chance to pick up the victory.

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