Saturday, December 21, 2013
W2W4: Buccaneers at Rams
By Pat Yasinskas
TAMPA, Fla. -- Three things to watch for in Sunday’s game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the St. Louis Rams.
The St. Louis pass rush: Rookie quarterback Mike Glennon is going to face another challenging pass rush, which is led by defensive ends Robert Quinn and Chris Long. Quinn particularly has been having an outstanding season. He has 15 sacks and seven forced fumbles. Left tackle Donald Penn will be the primary guy responsible for blocking Quinn. But the Bucs need to give Penn a lot of help.
The Tampa Bay running game: The Bucs have been very inconsistent in this area in recent weeks. That needs to change, because Tampa Bay’s offensive philosophy starts with being able to run the ball. The offensive line needs to help running back Bobby Rainey establish the running game early, to help take the pressure off Glennon.
Tampa Bay’s run defense: With Kellen Clemens playing quarterback, St. Louis’ offense depends heavily on the running game and Zac Stacy. Tampa Bay’s run defense ranks No. 15, after ranking No. 1 last season. The Bucs need to bottle up Stacy and challenge Clemens and the passing game to beat them.