December 16, 2015

TAMPA BAY (6-7) at ST. LOUIS (5-8)

Thursday, 8:25 p.m. ET, NFL Network

OPENING LINE - Buccaneers by 1

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Buccaneers 7-6, Rams 5-8

SERIES RECORD - Rams lead 14-8

LAST MEETING - Rams beat Buccaneers 19-17, Sept. 14, 2014

LAST WEEK - Buccaneers lost to Saints 24-17; Rams beat Lions 21-14

AP PRO32 RANKING - Buccaneers No. 18, Rams No. 25.

BUCCANEERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (11), RUSH (4), PASS (26).

BUCCANEERS DEFENSE - OVERALL (11), RUSH (8), PASS (20).

RAMS OFFENSE - OVERALL (31), RUSH (6), PASS (32).

RAMS DEFENSE - OVERALL (19), RUSH (21T), PASS (13).

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Home finale could be final game in St. Louis for Rams, with owner Stan Kroenke trying to move franchise to Los Angeles. Rams have been in town 21 years. ... Rams have won three straight in series. Teams are meeting for fourth straight season. ... Bucs coach Lovie Smith is 4-1 vs. Rams and Rams coach Jeff Fisher is 7-1 vs. Buccaneers. ... Buccaneers have lost two of three, falling two games back for final NFC wild-card spot. Rams snapped five-game losing streak last week. ... Buccaneers RB Doug Martin has TD in each of last two games. ... QB Jameis Winston has 18 TD passes and needs one to tie Mike Glennon (2013) for most by Buccaneers rookie. ... LB Lavonte David has three interceptions in last four games, one returned for TD. ... Rams RB Todd Gurley had 140 yards with 8.8-yard average last week and needs 25 yards for 1,000-yard season. Jerome Bettis was last Rams rookie to rush for 1,000 yards, in 1993. ... DT Aaron Donald had three of Rams' four sacks last week and has career-best 11 on year, two more than last year when he was NFL Defensive Rookie of Year. ... K Greg Zuerlein made 38-yard field goal with 38 seconds remaining for go-ahead score in last meeting. ... Fantasy Tip: Gurley broke out of four-game slump last week, piling up 127 yards on just nine carries in second half, and Rams are likely to emphasize ground control in second straight start for QB Case Keenum.

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