The Rams are in trouble. I know this is not an earth shattering statement but true nonetheless. If Shaun Hill can’t play on Sunday, bleacher reports is reporting that former Houston Texans quarterback Case Keenum will get the start over Austin Davis. We knew that without Sam Bradford the Rams offense was going to be brutal. The truth of the matter is I think Case Keenum is an upgrade over Shaun Hill simply because he is younger and slightly more mobile, but I hardly think Keenum is in a position to steal the job from Hill. The Rams completed 66.7% of their passes against the Vikings, but star wide receiver Tavon Austin caught all 3 passes his thrown his way for a very pedestrian 34 yards an no touchdowns. Brian Quick was the Rams leading receiver with 7 receptions catching 77% of the passes thrown his way. Quick is in his third year and coming into last week’s game he had 35 career receptions with a 48.6% reception ratio, unless the Rams see something we don’t in this kid, Zac Stacy and the running game are just not going to get going. The Rams quarterbacks last week combined for a TID of -5.6 and a defensive coach like Lovie Smith is going to eat these Rams quarterbacks alive.
Josh McCown if he is going to shed his career backup status and not lose the starting job to second year man Mike Glenon, McCown is going to have to do better than he did last week. He completed a respectable 62.9 % of his passes, but he also threw two interceptions, his two touchdown passes evened things out to give him a TID of 0 for last week, he played better last year in Chicago and that is who Bucs fans want to see. The Bucs have a tough job ahead of them in this game as they face what should be a very good defense, albeit one that absolutely didn’t play like one last week. The Bucs have to do a better job on the ground, their leading rusher was their third string running back who on his only carry of the game carried for more yards then the quarterback and the top two running backs did. Vincent Jackson is going to have to have a better game against this Rams secondary as he caught only 44.4% of his passes last week for 4 receptions for a measly 36 yards and no touchdowns.
The Key to this game will be the Bucs front four versus the Rams starting quarterback. There are no other side matchups that could prove key, If the Rams cannot keep a clean backfield on passing plays they have no chance at winning this game. The Rams quarterbacks are not talented enough to keep plays alive on their own or to make the big throws, they will have to have a high percentage throw passing game because I don’t think these quarterbacks are capable of moving the ball downfield.
I like the Rams, I want them to do well, but they just keep getting hit with a string of bad injuries. I think the Bucs win this one easily I don’t think Lovie Smith’s defense will give up more points than Mike Zimmer’s defense. However the Bucs don’t have the offensive weapons the Vikings have so the score might look a little more respectable than last week, but don’t kid yourself the score will not reflect just how badly the Rams will have been outplayed in this one.
Final Score: Tampa Bay Buccaneers 27 St. Louis Rams 7