The Los Angeles Rams are now in first position in the NFC West attending a 27-24 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on “Monday Night Football.” Jared Goff’s violation came out strong to begin this game, marching 80 yards down the area to open up the scoring.
The first half captioned both the Bucs and Rams trading touchdown hits, but Los Angeles was eligible to put together a great two-minute drill to head into the halftime vault room up a field goal.
While the first half was neat for both offenses, the protective units stepped up in the second half to establish multiple turnovers.
Tom Brady’s two interceptions verified to be the most costly, however, especially his last pass of the night that fell into the arms of Jordan Fuller.
Brady was beginning to hit tight end Cameron Brate deep to keep Tampa Bay’s comeback wishes alive, but Fuller was eligible to pick off the 43-year-old for the second time in the Week 11 finale.
From there, Los Angeles ran out the clock to shift to 7-3 on the year.
Jared Goff completed with 376 yards passing to go along with three touchdowns and two interceptions.
Cooper kupp and Robert Woods were his go-to receivers on the night as they both twisted in double-digit receptions.
Woods completed with 130 yards and a touchdown on 12 catches while Kupp hauled in 11 passes for 145 yards.
Here are few instant takeaways from Monday night’s showdown:
Why the Rams won
They really shredded Tampa Bay through the air. Sean McVay’s violation didn’t always finish, and the coach himself could’ve been more bold at times, but Jared Goff had little difficulty picking apart a typically stout Bucs “D” throughout the night.
Robert Woods and Cooper kupp (combined 23 catches for 275 yards) were downright uncontainable out wide, routinely winning against a secondary that lost Jamel Dean to pain.
McVay didn’t even want the ground game, because Tampa Bay had no excuse for their third-down passing.
On the other side of the ball, L.A. was arguably just as outstanding, maintaining everything in front of them — all three of the Bucs’ top receivers averaged limited than 10 yards per catch — and giving in Tom Brady’s face suitable times to make the QB visibly uncomfortable.
Just an all-around physical and productive performance that would’ve been nearly flawless if not for the red-zone hiccups and intermittent Goff errors.
Why the Buccaneers Lost
Their loaded violation refused to stop working a trend of prime-time letdowns. The defense was a consistent question, yes, but at least that unit gave enough impact plays — the Jason Pierre-Paul pick, Jordan Whitehead’s late interception — to maintain the Bucs in contention.
The most accuse lies with Tom Brady and Co.Let’s start with Tom: The ageless vet prospered fine for much of the first half, but there were at least three plays where he either totally misread or just badly executed passes, resulting in easy giveaways or liabilities.
That cannot happen. And the vaunted receiving corps? Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and Antonio Brown all had their terms, but none shattered loose.
And don’t even begin with the running game, which continues a slow-moving afterthought.
If the Bucs want to be taken seriously, their firepower has to be obvious against good teams on big stages.
Monday’s game was packed throughout, but things really started to think out of Tampa Bay’s reach when Tom Brady missed Chris Godwin on a fourth-and-one pass at the Bucs’ own 43-yard line.
Brady completed the team’s earlier drive with an illegal double pass that urged the Bucs to punt it away, and while Jared Goff would be picked off by Jordan Whitehead not long after the turnover on downs, it took important time off the clock and halted what seemed to be Tampa’s reasonable last chance to go ahead for good.
Brady, of course, enabled knot the game up later in the quarter on a TD to Godwin, but the Rams reacted right afterward with a final score of their own.
Play of the game
His team didn’t gain a victory, but Mike Evans provided the best effort of the night on the Bucs’ first TD, in which he pushed through a trio of Rams defenders to find the end zone:
The Buccaneers (7-4) will be at house once again in Week 12, but with maybe the NFL’s hottest team as their opponent in the Kansas City Chiefs (9-1), who are fresh off a prime-time victory over the Raiders.
The Rams (7-3), meanwhile, will return to Los Angeles for an NFC West rematch with the San Francisco 49ers (4-6), who are succeeding off a bye.