Burdge: I'm Taking Buccaneers to Beat the Rams

Here's why I'm convinced the Bucs can get revenge on the Rams

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Los Angeles Rams will face off on Sunday in the divisional round of these NFL playoffs at 3 p.m. EST at Raymond James Stadium. The Buccaneers (13-4) are 3-point favorites over the Rams (12-5) with the moneylines at Buccaneers -160 and Rams +135. The O/U on this total is set at 48.5 points. 

And I am all-in on the Buccaneers to win and cover this spread against the Rams.

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The Rams might not be favored in this matchup, but they have defeated the Buccaneers already this season. They handed Tampa Bay one of their four losses with a 34-24 win in Brady's first-ever game in Los Angeles. The Buccaneers were favored by one point in that one. However, there are a few factors here that convince me the Buccaneers will pull off a win and cover the spread in this postseason rematch.

First off, the Buccaneers are at home here. The team was 7-1 at Raymond James Stadium this season. The Buccaneers were also 6-2 ATS at home this season and the Rams went 4-5 ATS on the road.

Second, Playoff Tom Brady is just a completely different animal. He is laser-focused on another Super Bowl win, not to mention he is at his best when he is seeking revenge. And he certainly wants revenge for the Rams' 10-point win over him this season. He's going to come out swinging and do everything in his power to blow out Los Angeles. The Buccaneers might be down some key players, but as long as Brady is at the helm, the team can figure out a way to pull it off if they find themselves in tough spots.

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It also should be noted Brady and Arians even went viral with Brady's reaction to Arians telling Brady on the sideline in Week 18 that the 49ers were making a comeback against the Rams.

“He was like, ‘they’re losing’ 17-0 or 17-3,” Brady said of what Arians told him. “I was like whatever we still have to go out there and win. Then he came over to me and he was like, ‘Hey, it’s 17-17.’ And I was like ‘ohhhhhh’ you know. I saw the picture of that after the game, that was funny as s---.”

The Rams eventually lost to the 49ers in overtime, falling from the No. 2 seed to the No. 4 seed behind the Buccaneers.

The viewing audience didn't even know this was the reason for Brady's facial expression from Jan. 9 until just the other day when the quarterback gave Willie McGinest the background on the moment on NFL Network. Now knowing this was in reference to the Rams, this matchup is even more interesting. Brady is absolutely ready to go and dominate this Rams team to win and cover this 3-point spread.

Just be prepared for a flood of this meme on Twitter during the game.

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