As Tampa was going into the playoff stretch last year they were 6-6, they would go on to play three teams with worse records than they had, and they would lose all three. The Bucs played the Saints, Rams, and Bears and they would lose close games to these teams. For the Bucs to take a leap to a higher echelon of teams in the playoff race they need to beat teams they should beat, including Sunday against the LA Rams.
The Rams enter with the worst offense statistically and have scored a total of nine points in two games. Their star second-year running back, Todd Gurley, can’t get on track and Jared Goff, the top pick in last year’s draft, is a backup with little chance to see the field this year. This is a team the Bucs need to beat and head into next week with a 2-1 record to face the defending Super Bowl Champion Denver Broncos at home.
While there is injury and off the field issues for the Bucs they still need to rise above the weakest offense in the league and figure out how to get a win at home. If the Bucs can win the games they should win they can see a return to playoff contention and hopefully see the Bucs playing in the playoffs instead of sitting home after the season.