Monday Night Football should be a good one in Tampa Bay tonight. The Los Angeles Rams are out east for a meeting with the Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. The Buccaneers are coming off a blowout win over the Carolina Panthers, 46-23, following a bad 38-3 loss against the New Orleans Saints. The talent is there, but the Buccaneers have been really herky jerky this season. Preceding that loss against the Saints was a close call versus the New York Giants. The Bucs had to fight for a 28-25 win. It was a little too close for comfort, and the Buccaneers looked very beatable in that contest. Drew Brees and the Saints exploited those holes the next week.
The bipolar Buccaneers returned for a beatdown of the Panthers most recently. They took the game off against the Giants the last time the Buccaneers were on MNF, but the Rams aren’t a team to lay down for. An effort like that would result in a loss at home for Tom Brady and Tampa. Through it all, the Buccaneers own a record of 7-3 and are within a game of the Saints. They are in a good spot right now, but at least from what I’ve watched, this doesn’t look like a Super Bowl team at the moment. I’d like to see them string a few games together like we saw last week against the Panthers.
It would be a good look for the Buccaneers if they play well on Monday against a quality opponent like the Rams. The Rams head into this matchup with a record of 6-3 for second in the NFC West. With the Seahawks winning on Thursday night, the Rams must win to tie things up in the division at 7-3. The Rams have the tiebreaker over the Seahawks at the moment, though they play another game on December 27. That game is going to have some big implications on the line. As does tonight’s game in Tampa for both the Rams and Buccaneers. Head below for our free Rams vs. Buccaneers props for November 23, 2020.
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Leonard Fournette Receptions
Tom Brady has primarily been using Ronald Jones and Leonard Fournette as his running mates in the backfield. They’ve been a successful duo for the Buccaneers. Fournette needed a place to play after sitting as a free agent throughout the offseason. Tom Brady had to be the driving force for the Buccaneers phoning Fournette’s agent up and signing him to a deal.
The Buccaneers needed an extra weapon in the backfield and landed on Fournette. Despite failing to get the new contract he wanted originally, Fournette is coming off a solid campaign in 2019. Fournette ran for 1,152 yards and 3 touchdowns on 4.3 yards per carry.
He also chipped in with 522 yards and 76 receptions through the air. Fournette wasn’t much of a pass catcher before last season, but he’s developed into one in the last two years. Fournette has gained 244 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns on 4.1 yards per carry this year for the Bucs.
He’s made an impact through the air, and has acted as a nice safety valve for Brady in the pocket. Fournette has made 30 receptions for 153 yards on 6.9 yards per reception. In four of seven games, Fournette has recorded at least 3 receptions per game.
Against a solid defense like the Rams, which is going to pressure Brady, expect him to get the ball off quickly. That should lead to plenty of opportunities for Fournette as a receiver. I see Fournette getting to 4 catches on Monday night.
Josh Reynolds Receptions
This Rams’ offense isn’t as dangerous as it was two years ago when they made it to the Super Bowl. Defenses were able to adjust and figure Sean McVay out following that one season of major success. Bill Belichick was able to draw up a game plan to stop the Rams, and since then, McVay hasn’t had the Rams’ offense running at the same efficiency, though they’ve looked more like the 2018 Rams than 2019 Rams this season. They’ve accumulated an average of 395.6 yards per game for fifth in the NFL
Jared Goff has multiple weapons around him to target. The offense isn’t designed to center around one playmaker. Goff spreads the ball around. Texas A&M’s Josh Reynolds has developed into a critical piece of the offense for the Rams. He generally isn’t the first option for Goff, but they’ve been able to develop a nice rapport. Reynolds has 416 yards and 2 touchdowns on 13.9 yards per reception this season. He has already eclipsed a career-high in his career. In recent weeks, Reynolds has been getting more looks from Goff.
Goff targeted Reynolds 8 times in the first three games of the season. However, in the last three games, Goff has thrown towards Reynolds a total of 27 times for a dramatic change. In those three performances, he made 16 receptions for a total of 190 yards. Reynolds notched at least 4 receptions in all of those games. With Goff continuing to look his way, expect another productive performance from Reynolds on Monday night.