Buccaneers and Rams promise NFL Week 3 game
After two weeks of the incipient season, No team has scored more points than the Tampa Bay Buccaneers or thrown more touchdown passes than Tom Brady. No one, for the same reason, dares to rule out a 44-year-old quarterback or defending Super Bowl champions who seem to be on a mission.
But neither No one has yet shown the credentials that the Los Angeles Rams boast in their attempt to deliver the first scratch to the Bucs crown.
SoFi Stadium, home of the next Super Bowl, will host the duel between two of the seven teams that retain their perfect record on Sunday in the current campaign. Tom Brady vs. Aaron Donald, the NFL’s most explosive attack against one of the league’s elite defenses. Two of the brightest offensive minds: Sean McVay and Bruce Arians head to head.
The visiting team has won each of the last three series meetings, including the game in Week 11 of the previous season, when the Rams went to Tampa Bay and came away with a 27-24 victory thanks to an interception by Jordan Fuller. to a pass from Brady, which sentenced the duel with 1:57 minutes remaining.
Now, Brady has the opportunity to avenge the affront and, by the way and true to his custom, rewrite history.
In what will be the first visit to Los Angeles for a regular season engagement in his legendary career, Brady will see action in his 37th city and 44th separate stadium, both NFL records.
Legacy is important to Brady, but triumphs are more important. And Tampa Bay has nine consecutive victories, including playoffs, in which it has scored at least 30 points. Maintaining the streak is a particularly difficult mission against the Rams who have not accepted more than 30 units in the regular season since Week 3 of 2020.
The Rams, however, have a way of responding, not just with a defense that reaches the NFL’s best match against the pass, but with an attack spearheaded by their new quarterback. Matthew Stafford, looking for his fourth straight game with at least two touchdown passes and 100 rating points.
What is presumed to be a match between a relentless offense and an impenetrable defense could turn out to be an aerial duel thanks to the presence of Rob Gronkowski (Tampa Bay), who leads the league in touchdown receptions with four. The Rams have in their ranks receiver Cooper Kupp, who leads the NFL with 16 receptions and third in yards with 271.