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MARC LAWRENCE: TAMPA BAY BUCS OVER LA RAMS by 1 — Both teams cruised to ridiculously easy wins in the Wild Card Round last week. It’s our firm belief that by expanding the playoff field to 14 teams it simply diluted the talent pool, as three teams lost by margins of 20-plus points. It’s the 2nd time in NFL postseason history that three teams lost by a margin of 20 or more during the opening round of the playoffs, and the first since 1982. FYI: The winners of those games in ‘82 went 2-1 SUATS in their next playoff game.

Meanwhile, the Bucs’ 31-15 final score was deceiving as they led the Eagles 31-0 before they took their foot off the gas. Tom Brady had an excellent performance, with just eight incompletions. He finished 29-of-37 for 271 yards and two touchdowns. However, Brady is 0-2 SUATS versus the Rams with the Bucs – both SU favorite losses. On the flip side, the Bucs are 5-0 SU and 4-1 ATS in the post season with Brady, as well as 16-2 SU and 13-5 ATS in post Bye week games behind Tommy Veneers. The question today is, after breaking his playoff cherry last week, does Rams’ QB Matthew Stafford have back-to-back postseason wins in his DNA? What we know for sure is that Divisional Round visitors coming off a Wild Card SUATS home win are just 20-48 SU and 26-40-2 ATS.

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