Game of the Week

Los Angeles Rams at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-3)

Rams: 13.5, 9-9 ATS

Buccaneers: 14-4, 10-8 ATS

According to the stats collected by Cold, Hard Football Facts, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are the most complete team in the NFL. With 22 stats collected, they rank in the top-10 in all 22. In 11 of those, they rank in the top five.

The Rams can hold their own, ranking in the 1op-10 in 14 of 22 statistical categories and in the top-five in six of them. But when it comes to running the ball and stopping the run, the Buccaneers have a huge advantage.

But do they really?

None of the Rams' rushing stats include Cam Akers, who missed the entire regular season with a blown Achilles. But amazingly, he is back and good. He had 17 carries for 55 yards rushing and added another 40 yards receiving against the Cardinals in the Wild Card, and Akers, paired with Sony Michel, give this offense a dimension we haven't seen all year.

When it comes to wide receiver depth, the Rams also have the edge. Mike Evans is fantastic, but then we go to Tyler Johnson, Breshad Perriman, and Scotty Miller. Cooper Kupp has been the best wide receiver in all of football, and he's followed on the depth chart by Odell Beckham, Jr.

But of course, none of that considers the presence of Tom Brady, who just won his 35th postseason game. He is 35-11 in the playoffs, meaning that he has played nearly three full regular seasons extra in just the playoffs. Matthew Stafford just won the first postseason game of his career.

Is Brady enough to cover for the missing players on offense and get Tampa Bay back to the Super Bowl? If anyone is, it's him.

Los Angeles Rams Analysis Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Value Rank Quality Stat Value Rank
10.52 6 Quality Stats Power Rankings 5.38 1
38% 14 Quality Standings 67% 3
13.75 7 Scoreability 13.50 6
15.76 12 Bendability 15.96 9
2.01 9 Intelligence Index 2.46 8
7.28 2 Real Passing Yds/Attempt 6.94 5
6.09 13 Defensive Real Passing Yds/Attempt 5.59 4
91.90 4 Real Quarterback Rating 96.40 2
72.86 4 Defensive Real Quarterback Rating 76.31 8
19.04 5 Real Quarterback Rating Differential 20.09 2
101.66 6 Offensive Passer Rating 101.35 7
84.15 5 Defensive Passer Rating 85.20 7
17.51 5 Passer Rating Differential 16.15 6
9.67 14 Offensive Hog Index 5.00 6
5.00 6 Defensive Hog Index 7.33 9
4.35 8 Relativity Index 9.53 3
7,426 11 Total Team Yards 7,945 3
6,756 10 Total Team Yards Allowed 6,694 7
670 7 Total Team Yards Differential 1,251 3
89.98 26 Offensive Rusher Rating 108.94 8
103.70 27 Defensive Rusher Rating 87.08 3
-13.72 26 Rusher Rating Differential 21.86 4