Photos from the Buccaneers vs. Rams game at the Edward Jones Dome.
The Buccaneers dropped a 31-23 loss to the Rams in St. Louis on Thursday, falling to 6-8 in the process. The loss hasn't eliminated the Buccaneers from the playoffs entirely, but the team will need help from several other teams for a chance to secure a spot in the postseason.
The Buccaneers fell behind by double-digits and spent Thursday night playing catch-up. The team trailed by two scores or more for most of the game after falling behind, 14-0, in the first quarter.
Most of the damage the Rams inflicted was in the air, which was a change-of-pace for a team ranked No. 6 in the league in rushing entering the game. Case Keenum tossed two touchdowns, including a 60-yarder to Kenny Britt, to lift St. Louis to victory.
Doug Martin and Mike Evans both put together impressive games as far as the stat sheet's concerned. Martin rushed for 91 yards on 18 carries, an average of more than five yards per attempt. In the process, he passed Adrian Peterson to become the NFL's leading rusher. Evans caught nine passes for 157 yards, both team-highs.
Jameis Winston threw for 363 yards, a career high. He finished the day completing 29 of 50 passes.
On the defensive side of the ball, Will Gholston led the Bucs in tackles with 11, including one for a loss. Lavonte David and Danny Lansanah both recorded eight tackles in the Bucs' loss.
Tampa Bay will take the field next Sunday against the Bears, the last regular season home game for the Bucs this season.