Buccaneers vs. Rams Preview: Trey Wingo breaks down this key NFC matchup

On the More Than Football podcast, PFN's Chief NFL Analyst Trey Wingo previews the Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Los Angeles Rams matchup.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers face off against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday in what could be a season-defining game for both teams. On this week’s More Than Football podcast, PFN’s Chief NFL Analyst Trey Wingo and host Brett Yarris preview the Buccaneers vs. Rams matchup.

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Buccaneers vs. Rams Preview: Can Los Angeles slow down Tampa Bay?

Wingo suggests that this game is “the classic definition of offense vs. defense.” Since the start of last season, the Buccaneers have led the NFL with 31.7 points per game. Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Rams are allowing a league-low 18.6 points per game.

Wingo compares the matchup between these two elite units to the most recent Super Bowl when the Tampa Bay defense overwhelmed the Kansas City Chiefs’ offensive line. Ndamukong Suh and Vita Vea got consistent inside pressure on Patrick Mahomes, which created all kinds of problems for the offense.

And the Rams have the best inside rusher in the NFL in Aaron Donald. Even when he doesn’t have outstanding box score statistics, he has a huge effect on the game. All the sacks and tackles for loss that other players on the Rams generated were because of Donald.

To put it concisely, as Wingo did:

“He did everything.”

We’ll see if Donald can do the same against one of the NFL’s best offensive lines.

Matthew Stafford feels great about the Rams’ offense

On the other side of the ball for Los Angeles, it all starts with their new quarterback, Matthew Stafford. According to those close to Stafford, the quarterback is saying this about his new offense:

“Every time I drop back, there are three guys open.”

Even when Stafford played with Calvin Johnson in Detroit, he didn’t have that many options. As great as Johnson was, he was effectively double/triple-teamed every play. The Los Angeles offense is a completely different story, and Stafford is thriving in his new environment.

This game could have Super Bowl implications

Wingo ends the conversation with an interesting statistic. This game between the Buccaneers and the Rams will be only the second time in the last 10 years that we’ve had a Week 3 matchup where both teams are 2-0 and scoring 30+ points per game.

The other? When the Baltimore Ravens faced the Kansas City Chiefs in Arrowhead Stadium back in 2019. The Chiefs won that game and proceeded to win the Super Bowl as well. We’ll see if the winner of this weekend’s matchup sees the same level of success.

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