This game may very well go down as the game of the year also having playoff implications as both teams are off to a 2-0 start.
Two veteran QB’s go head to head 1 riding a 10-game win streak and the other enjoying a change of scenery with arguably the most talented offense Stafford has ever lead.
Most people believe this may be a future playoff matchup come December as they both contain all pieces of the puzzle whether it be offense, defense, or even the coaching staff.
Tampa Bay and LA are both considered very well-rounded teams on all phases of the game. This assumption would make for a very intriguing matchup with both teams entering undefeated at this point in the season.
The game however would start off as a defensive bout with 5 consecutive drives resulting in punts. Neither offense was able to find a rhythm and get into scoring position.
LA would get the scoring started as they put together a lengthy 14-play drive to end the first and start the second. Sean McVay who has burst onto the scene as a Head Coach is a very creative offensive-minded guru.
McVay going into his bag of tricks would draw up a tight end screen to Tyler Higbee, Higbee would find the endzone from 6 yards outputting the Rams on the board.
On the opposite sideline Head Coach, Bruce Arians also had some tricks up his sleeve. After the Buccaneer offense reached the 2 of LA, Tom Brady and company were faced with a 3rd and goal. Arians called for some trickery of his own. Brady motioned Godwin in and handed the ball off as Godwin punched it in from 2 yards out evening the score at 7.
LA would answer the Buc score with a score of their own. Stafford would march the Ram offense to the 2-yard line of Tampa Bay before hooking up with his favorite target so far this year in Cooper Kupp for the LA score.
Brady would gain control of the football with 51 seconds left in the half. Tampa would march 38 yards before attempting a 55-yard field goal that missed wide left. McVay who is 39-0 when up at halftime entered the half with his team ahead 14-7.
Stafford and the Rams Pour it on
Opening up the half Stafford again flourishing in his new home would find the speedy DeSean Jackson for a 75-yard score. Giving the Rams a comfortable lead to start the second half. This however wouldn’t last long.
Following the Rams touchdown Brady again marched the Buccaneer offense methodically into scoring position. Brady who has 25 rushing touchdowns in his career added another one to the total as he ran in for the Tampa score bringing his team closer.
Much like they have all season the Tampa Bay defense struggled to stop the high-flying LA offense. Stafford would pick his way through the Buc defense before connecting again with Kupp for his second score on the night and 5th on the year.
Following the Ram score and a Buc punt, the next 3 drives of the game resulted in field goals for both sides. Bringing the score to 34-17 all-LA with 8 minutes left to play.
Needing to score a lot of points quickly, Tampa would go 4-and-out on their next possession. After the defense forced a punt Brady whos mounted plenty of comebacks over the course of his 21-year career. Looking to add another tally to that total and keep his team unbeaten Brady began his quest.
A 14-play drive totaling about 4 minutes isn’t what Tampa Bay needed if they wanted to complete a comeback. The Bucs would eventually get into the endzone as Brady found the new addition to Tampa in Giovanni Bernard from 7 yards out.
This would be the last score of the game as the Rams sent the home crowd back happy with a 34-24 victory over the defending Super Bowl Champs.
Both offenses flourished in this one as they gained over 400 yards of total offense.
Tampa Bay would only amount 35 yards on the ground as QB Tom Brady lead the team in rushing with 14 yards. This is the 2nd time in Brady’s long career that he would lead his team in rushing.
Brady finished 41 of a hefty 55 attempts for 432 yards and 2 total scores (1 coming via the ground).
Stafford arguably looking the best he ever has in his 13-year career went 27/38 for 343 and 4 scores through the air. DeSean Jackson finished with just 3 catches for a lofty 120 yards and a score. Cooper Kupp who is off to a hot start had 9 catches for 96 yards and 2 scores.
Matthew Stafford has now thrown for 9 touchdown passes through 3 games matching Kurt Warner’s record for most in Ram history set in 1999.
Tampa Bay will head to Tom Brady’s former home in New England. New England is also the only team in the NFL Brady has yet to beat. That game will be played on Oct. 3rd
LA will play host to division rival Arizona Cardinals who are also 3-0 at this point making for another intriguing matchup. That game will take place on Oct. 3rd