Does Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman, whose original five-year, $26 million contract expires after the 2013 season, deserve an extension?
Yes, but it can wait: 43 percent
No: 35 percent
Yes, the sooner the better: 22 percent
Total: 837 votes
Inside the numbers
8-11 Bucs' record against the Rams, including 0-2 in the playoffs and 6-1 over the teams' past seven meetings
51 Rushing yards Doug Martin needs to pass James Wilder (1,300 in 1985) for second most in franchise history
377 Passing yards for the Rams' Sam Bradford last week against the Vikings, a career high
92 Rushing yards the Rams' Steven Jackson needs to surpass 1,000 for a franchise-record eighth consecutive season
60.8 Passer rating for the Bucs' Josh Freeman over the past three games compared with 94.3 for the first 11
What they're saying
Josh Freeman is so scattershot. You don't know what you are getting throw to throw much less quarter to quarter. Sam Bradford has a great arm but makes a lot of curious decisions.
Gregg Rosenthal nfl.com
The Buccaneers play a lot of man-to-man defense. Their corners are vulnerable and can be attacked. The Bucs have allowed 27 touchdown passes. Only two NFL teams have given up more. The secondary has been scorched for 35 pass plays of 25-plus yards. Only two defenses have allowed more. The Rams' receivers should be able to exploit the man coverage. The offensive line should provide reliable protection. And QB Sam Bradford should be able to make plays.
Bernie Miklasz St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Greg Schiano can look at the team he almost coached (he was the Rams' bridesmaid to Jeff Fisher) and the one he's coaching. Not sure he'll like what he sees because the Bucs are slumping badly, but good programs can't be built in one year. Rams, 17-16.
Peter King Sports Illustrated
These two were eliminated last week, so where's the motivation? Did the Bucs quit on Greg Schiano last week? You know Jeff Fisher's team will be ready to go. But I think Tampa Bay bounces back at home. It's tough going on the road late with nothing at stake. Bucs, 24-17.
Pete Prisco cbssports.com
Since it's potentially cornerback Ronde Barber's final home game of his career, look for the Bucs to find a way to turn things around against a Rams team that saw its unlikely postseason run slam to a halt in Week 15. Bucs, 28-17.
Mike Florio profootballtalk.com
Bucs have stunk lately but have the run defense to limit Steven Jackson. Bucs, 21-17.
Greg Cote Miami Herald
Bucs vs. Rams
1 p.m., Raymond James Stadium, Tampa
Radio: 620-AM, 103.5-FM
Line, over/under: Bucs by 3, 43½