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Each week, our own Ronnie Lane will share his thoughts on the upcoming Tampa Bay Buccaneers game. This week, Lane dives into the Bucs-Rams matchup from Edward Jones Dome, which can be heard locally on WDAE 620am/95.3fm and WFUS 103.5fm, with the Auto Owners Insurance Pre-Game Show hosted by Ronnie Lane and Anthony Becht beginning at 10:30am.

By Ronnie Lane

The Buccaneers will visit the St. Louis Rams today at the Edward Jones Dome - a battle of two franchises that have not seen the playoffs in quite some time; the Rams have not been to the postseason since 2004, the Bucs since 2007.

I like the matchups along the offensive and defensive lines today. I'm looking forward to watching Donald Penn, who has not had a great season - he's given up 9-1/2 sacks already this campaign, go up against the sackmaster himself, No. 2 in the NFL in sacks Robert Quinn. 15 sacks through 14 games and he has forced fumbles seven times, Quinn is a load to say the least. He had a couple of sacks last week against Drew Brees in the upset effort over the New Orleans Saints.

By the way, Demar Dotson is not going to have a walk in the park today in St. Louis as he'll be going up against Howie Long's kid, Chris, who had a couple of quarterback pressures and a couple of QB hits as well, just five tackles, in last week's victory over the Saints. 

The Bucs will have to run the ball this afternoon in order to have any chance to win this football game, I know it is an old cliche, right? You've got to run to win - but it's never been more true than today when Tampa Bay faces this vaunted pass rush of St. Louis. Michael Brockers, one of their defensive tackles, has 5-1/2 sacks this season - so that's a lot of sacks coming from the Rams' front four and that linebacking corps led by MLB James Laurinaitis is very active as well.

So, this is a pretty good Rams defense going up against a pretty, how do I say this? Well, an ineffective Bucs offense. You know all the numbers with the Buccaneers offense, and they will have to produce, somehow, today in order for the Bucs to have a chance at victory.

The Rams offense is not much better - obviously the Rams are without their starting quarterback Sam Bradford, who was injured earlier this year and lost for the season with a torn ACL, and this St, Louis offense is struggling a bit, but they can run the ball with Zac Stacy, just like the Bucs can run it a little bit with Mr. Bobby Rainey.

The way I see it - So, it's really an evenly matched game. I look for it to be a low-scoring game, a close game, and for some reason, something is telling me that the Bucs are going to be able to pull this one out with a late turnover. That's the way I see it - Buccaneers 17, Rams 13.

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