Week 11 matchups come to a close on Monday as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers host the Los Angeles Rams in primetime sports betting action with heavy postseason implications. Our NFL injury report breaks down a thin injury sheet in this interdivisional NFC NFL matchup to help with your Monday night NFL picks.
|Game: Los Angeles Rams (6-3) vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-3)
Location: Raymond James Stadium
Time: 8:15 p.m. ET
What fun they had last year when these two posted 95 points in a scorcher where the Tampa Bay Buccaneers upset the heavily-favored Rams, 55-40. The sportsbook set that total, coincidentally, at a similar number for this Monday’s game, 48½.
Rams vs Buccaneers Injury Odds Betting Lines
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Los Angeles Rams
Most teams don’t come out of a bye week with an injury sheet as clean as these Los Angeles Rams. So much for the idea that a team returns banged up after an NFL week 10 matchup against the Seattle Seahawks, as did the Rams last week. The most exciting development of the practice week, DE Aaron Donald getting the first day of practice off, didn’t even result in an injury designation.
The Rams gave one only injury designation anyway, to special-teams’ G Brian Allen (knee). He’s listed doubtful but hasn’t even dressed this season, each week so far he’s been a healthy scratch.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Starting RG Ali Marpet ultimately failed to clear the concussion protocol in time for the game, and has been declared out again this week. It’s expected A.Q. Shipley will continue to replace him.
The Bucs won’t have backup TE Tanner Hudson this Monday, as his father passed away earlier in the week. They will have LB Jason Pierre-Paul, whose injury designation was removed in the final report.
Rams vs Buccaneers Injury Odds Leans
Bettors came in support of the Buccaneers when the point spread opened last Monday installing Tampa Bay as a 3½-point favorite. After a week of lopsided action in favor of the Bucs, the number eventually got to 4½ and markets acted pretty quickly in buying up those underdog points.
The total opened a little on the high side at 49. Bettors knocked that number down to 47 right away — before buying it back up again to 48½. It’s settled now at 48 and, based on the injury profile, it will be interesting to see if there’s any game-day line moves in store.
Lacking any good injury angle, we’ll lean to laying the -4 with the Buccaneers where they simply took a day or so off this week, coach Bruce Arians recognizing the team was simply exhausted. The Rams, on the other hand, are making their fifth cross-country trip this season. Patience might bring a better number on the point spread.
Also a slight lean to the over 48, envisioning an ending where either team could be down more than two touchdowns with frantic garbage scoring. It’s the kind of game we’d be happier to lay the -190 price on the yes side of a “team to score 3 unanswered times” prop bet, if you can stand those odds.