Rams vs. Buccaneers: 10 Keys to the Game for St. Louis

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Rams vs. Buccaneers: 10 Keys to the Game for St. Louis
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They say you're only as good as your last game. If that were true, the Rams vs. Buccaneers Week 16 matchup would pit two pretty sorry teams against each other.

Thankfully, that proverb is not true in this case, at least as far as the Rams are concerned.

The Bucs, however, are reeling.

Losers of four in a row, perhaps last week's 41-0 shellacking at the hands of the Saints and their NFL-worst 32nd ranked defense was rock bottom for the once-promising Buccaneers team.

It can't get much worse. The Bucs made it look like Gregg Williams had snuck back into the building, bound and gagged Steve Spagnuolo, hidden him in a closet and retaken the reins of his once formidable defensive unit.

The Rams, on the other hand, played better than the box score indicates. If you take away Adrian Peterson's two longest runs (82 and 52 yards) he only managed 78 yards on 22 carries. Not bad. Pretty impressive, actually.

The Buccaneers are out of the playoff hunt. The Rams are mathematically alive, but not realistically. Both teams will be wanting to prove that their performances last week were the exception, not the rule.

Let's take a look at 10 keys to the Rams imposing their will on the Buccaneers.

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