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 back then, but they have it now. And the quarterback was instrumental in the Rams’ 34-24 loss to the Buccaneers at SoFi Stadium on Sunday.
Stafford played another great game for his new team, throwing four touchdowns in the win. He completed 27 of 38 passes for 343 yards and four touchdowns, refraining from endangering the ball throughout the game.
After head coach Sean McVay said earlier this week that he wanted to get DeSean Jackson more involved in offense, the receiver made 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 touchdowns.
The Los Angeles defense did a good job of containing Brady and the Buccaneers throughout the game, with linebacker Kenny Young registering a sack and three tackles for a loss. Overall, the Rams registered three sacks and had two more QB hits. The Buccaneers had just 26 rushing yards on 12 attempts, with running back Leonard Fournette scoring just 8 yards on four carries.
Brady finished 41 of 55 for 432 yards with a touchdown. That score came with 1:10 to go in the game, a 7-yard pass to runner Giovani Bernard. Brady also ran a touchdown with a stealth QB in the third quarter.
Tight end Rob Gronkowski had to leave the game briefly after receiving a heavy blow 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 back on the road next week for Tom Brady’s return to New England on Sunday Night Football.
The undefeated Rams will stay home to face the undefeated Cardinals for a battle atop NFC West in Week Four.