Rams Defeat Bucs While Matthew Stafford Shines

Matthew Stafford in 2021
Matthew Stafford in 2021. Photo by Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times/Shutterstock (12475570g)

The Los Angeles Rams’ decision to pull the trigger on a blockbuster trade for quarterback Matthew Stafford in March looks better with each passing game. Stafford stepped once again for the Rams on Sunday, leading them to an impressive 34-24 win over the reigning Super Bowl champions, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Stafford had a big night that saw him complete 27 passes out of 38 attempted and throwing for 343 yards and four touchdowns. This included a 75-yards TD pass to veteran wideout DeSean Jackson early in the second half.

Stafford’s impressive performance even earned praise from the opposing head coach Bruce Arians, who called him “a special player” after the game.

“We’re up in his face one time; he finds a guy wide open down the field and gets it to him. Other guys, they see him, but they can’t get it to ’em. He gets it to them, so he’s a special player,” Arians told reporters.

In the first three games in the Rams uniform, Stafford has now completed 70.2 percent of his passes while throwing for 942 yards and nine touchdowns. He only has one interception while the Rams remain undefeated with him under center.

The Bucs’ quarterback Tom Brady also had a huge night, throwing 55 times on a 74.5 completion percentage. He finished the night with 432 passing yards and one touchdown, but this still wasn’t enough for Tampa Bay to continue their winning streak.