Matthew Stafford throws four touchdowns, Rams defeat Buccaneers 34-24

Tampa Bay Buccaneers v Los Angeles Rams
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The Rams were one of the last teams to defeat Tom Brady and the Buccaneers in 2020, winning their Week 11 contest on Monday Night Football.

They didn’t have Matthew Stafford then, but they do now. And the quarterback was instrumental in the Rams soundly defeating the Buccaneers 34-24 at SoFi Stadium on Sunday.

Stafford played another excellent game for his new team, tossing four touchdowns in the victory. He completed 27-of-38 passes for 343 yards and four touchdowns, refraining from putting the ball in harm’s way throughout the contest.

After head coach Sean McVay said earlier this week that he wanted to get DeSean Jackson more involved in the offense, the receiver had three catches for 120 yards — including a 75-yard touchdown early in the third quarter.

The connection between Stafford and receiver Cooper Kupp also remained strong, with Kupp making nine catches on 12 targets for 96 yards with a pair of TDs.

Los Angeles’ defense did a good job of containing Brady and the Buccaneers throughout the contest, with linebacker Kenny Young recording a sack and three tackles for loss. Overall, the Rams recorded three sacks and had another two QB hits. The Buccaneers had only 26 yards rushing on 12 attempts, with starting running back Leonard Fournette netting just 8 yards on four carries.

Brady finished 41-of-55 for 432 yards with a touchdown. That score came with 1:10 left in the game, a 7-yard pass to running back Giovani Bernard. Brady also ran in a touchdown with a QB sneak in the third quarter.

Tight end Rob Gronkowski had to exit the contest briefly after taking a hard hit in the second half but was able to return. He finished with four catches for 55 yards.

The Buccaneers have now added a game to the loss column for the first time since Week 12 of last season. At 2-1, the defending champions are on the road again next week for Tom Brady’s New England homecoming on Sunday Night Football.

The undefeated Rams will stay home to take on the undefeated Cardinals for a battle atop the NFC West in Week Four.

20 responses to “Matthew Stafford throws four touchdowns, Rams defeat Buccaneers 34-24

  1. I knew the Rams would win but Tommy Boy and the Bucs will completely destroy the Pats next week if the Pats look as bad as they did today.

  2. Rams line gave him all the time he needed and the Rams receivers were running circles around that depleted secondary

    It was a beautiful display of offense.

  3. Even as a Vikings fan, I always rooted for Stafford. Glad he is off to a strong start after getting out of Detroit.

  4. The matchup that will really matter will be if/when the Rams play Tampa in the playoffs. Stafford looked great. If he had connected with Jackson earlier he would have had 5 TDs in the game. He’s clearly more suited for this offense than Jared Goff was.

    Giovani Bernard may have been injured in that final a meaningless touchdown with a minute to play. I was wondering why Tampa didn’t pull Brady at the very end.

  5. Brady really missed his security blanket Antonio Brown and a healthy Gronk today. Brady relies too much on his security blanket despite the fact that the Bucs are loaded on offense. The Rams have a good but not great defense but managed to hold the Bucs to 17 points and a touchdown during garbage time.

  6. patsfan4lifedynasty says:
    September 26, 2021 at 8:06 pm
    Brady really missed his security blanket Antonio Brown and a healthy Gronk today. Brady relies too much on his security blanket despite the fact that the Bucs are loaded on offense. The Rams have a good but not great defense but managed to hold the Bucs to 17 points and a touchdown during garbage time.

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    Just to remind everyone this is a Jets fan that pretends to be a Patriots fan and takes subtle shots at Brady.

    Yes it’s pathetic

  7. See what happens when TB plays a real team. They’ll need the nfl’s help again in the playoffs

  8. The Bucs are racking up the penalties this season at an incredible rate. They–especially the defense–need to be a lot more disciplined. And wow, that secondary is in shambles. The Bucs offense still looked pretty good, which will be enough to beat some teams, but any smart team is going to target their secondary. It’s going to be interesting to see what happens with their NFC South matchups.

    Cooper Kupp must be ecstatic to have Matt Stafford. And with both Kupp and DeSean Jackson to throw to, Stafford has to be pretty thrilled himself.

  9. Tom Brady: the King of Garbage Time Stats. I think he completed 4 passes where he threw the ball further than 9 yards. And then the Rams went into prevent defense.

  10. Tom looks impressive but the Rams were dominant on both sides of the ball..

    Odd, more fans of other teams are on Pats threads singing Brady’s praises than on Bucs threads.

    Could it be that they are really not fans of Tom but just want to gloat/project that the Pats will struggle again this year.

    Boys, relax with the Patriots hate. They were dominant for two decades. They didn’t steal your ex-girlfriend.

    Not the way the Pats want to see Brady cone into Gillette. He doesn’t lose many consecutive games.

  11. sweetzinger says:
    September 26, 2021 at 8:37 pm
    Tom Brady: the King of Garbage Time Stats. I think he completed 4 passes where he threw the ball further than 9 yards. And then the Rams went into prevent defense.

    He had over 300 tress by the end of the third. How is that “garbage stats “

    And if you think he only had 4 passes that went more than 9 yards before they went into prevent you should stop watching football.
    Clearly you don’t know what you are watching.

    The Brady crybabies may be the dumbest people you will ever come across when it comes to hating on an athlete for being successful

  12. Stafford is a bum. Every big game he played in when he was in Detroit he lost. Wait until this stat stuffer plays in a tight game where his receivers aren’t running wide open. He’ll show his true colors.

  13. I got to hand it to the Rams with how they’re playing right now. I’ll be stunned if the Cardinals win at LA. However on Monday Night Football in December, we will end that long losing streak vs the Rams. Why is it that the Cards-Rams/49ers series are SO one-sided? AZ beat the Rams 8 straight times during the Warner era. Now the Rams are on a similar streak. Tough test for the AZ O-line, but I think it should be a close game. Did they show ‘Silent Stan’ Kroenke at all at the game today?

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