The St. Louis Rams will play host to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday Night Football this week. The game opened as a pick ‘em, but the Rams are now as high as a 2.5-point favorite against the Buccaneers at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
The moneyline has the Rams between -130 and -140, and the Buccaneers between +110 and +120.
This marks the fourth straight season that these two teams have squared off, and the Rams have covered the spread in the last four contests according to the OddsShark NFL Database. The Rams are 5–1 straight up in the last six games they have hosted between these two teams.
The Buccaneers enter the game 6–7 SU and 7–6 against the spread this season. They lost outright as the favorite at home against New Orleans, but were 3–1 SU and ATS in their previous four games. The Bucs are 5–2 ATS in their last seven road games, but 2–9 ATS in their last 11 December road games.
The Buccaneers will be without wide receiver Vincent Jackson and defensive tackle Akeem Spence, both ruled out for the game. Middle linebacker Bruce Carter is doubtful with an ankle injury, while left guard Logan Mankins (ankle) and defensive end Jacquies Smith (hamstring) are listed as questionable.
The Rams enter the game 5–8 SU and 5–7–1 ATS this season. They beat the Detroit Lions in Week 14, snapping a five-game winless ATS streak. The Rams are 4–3 ATS in their seven home games this season. They are 1–6 ATS in their last seven Thursday Night Football games.
The Rams will be without right guard Andrew Donnal (knee) on Thursday night. Cornerback Janoris Jenkins spent the week in the concussion protocol, but is listed as probable and was a full participant in practice on Wednesday.
The point total is set at 41 for Thursday night. The total has gone UNDER in the last five games between these two teams. The total has gone UNDER in four of the Bucs’ last five games, and in eight of their last 11 road games.
The OddsShark Computer predicts a Bucs victory by a final score of 25.8–18.7. That would provide the Bucs an outright win, and the OVER to totals bettors.