St. Louis Rams vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Broadcast Schedule, Live Stream, Start Time, and More


The Rams host the Buccaneers for a prime-time matchup that has a chance to be the last NFL game ever in St. Louis. Can they pull off the victory?

The St. Louis Rams host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday night for their only primetime game of 2015 and their home finale for this year. The Rams, who somewhat surprisingly defeated the Detroit Lions 21-14 on Sunday to snap a five-game losing streak, will now host a Bucs team that has looked solid lately and now sits in second place in the NFC South at 6-7. In order to win Thursday, the depleted Rams defense will need to get some pressure on Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston, who has had accuracy issues at times, but has 18 touchdown passes and has formed a great connection with receiver Mike Evans, who is likely to collect 1,000 receiving yards this season.

Even if the Rams manage to get a win on Thursday, it will be a bittersweet event. Though things are looking much better in St. Louis’s bid to keep the Rams, there’s still a chance that Thursday night’s game could be the last-ever NFL game in St. Louis if owner Stan Kroenke gets approval to move the team to Los Angeles this offseason.

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It will be interesting to see if the attendance is any better on Thursday as fans come out to take in the moment, and it will also be intriguing to see how the team approaches the situation. There’s been numerous indications this season, from the attitudes of front office members all the way to the marketing team’s decisions to more heavily reference Los Angeles in promotional material, that would seem to show the Rams’ plans to be in California next year. It would almost be humorous to see some type of farewell video on the scoreboard tomorrow night from an organization that seems so irrationally confident in its plans for 2016.

The other interesting storyline tomorrow night will be the Rams’ “Color Rush” uniforms, which are part of a recent NFL initiative to have teams wear one-off monochrome pastel uniforms on Thursday nights. The Rams will be wearing a “yellow gold” set that is reminiscent of the West Virginia Mountaineers’ alternate uniform, and while WVU alum Tavon Austin looks good in it, it might be funny to see how some huskier players like Aaron Donald look in head-to-toe gold:

Here’s some important info to know as you tune into Thursday night’s game:

Where: Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis, MO

When: 7:25 PM CT, Thursday, December 17, 2015

TV Broadcast: Thursday’s contest will air nationally on NFL Network. While CBS’s top broadcast team of Jim Nantz and Phil Simms usually provide the commentary for Thursday night football, those two will be calling both Saturday night’s Cowboys-Jets game and Sunday’s Steelers-Broncos matchup, so they’ll get Thursday’s game off. Instead, Ian Eagle will call play-by-play, while former Rams quarterback Trent Green will be the color commentator. KPLR 11 will also provide a simulcast of the game for local viewers in St. Louis.

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Radio Broadcast: The game will be aired on the Rams Radio Network, the flagship of which is WXOS-101.1 ESPN in St. Louis. Steve Savard will handle play-by-play, while former Rams defensive tackle D’€™Marco Farr will serve as the color commentator, and former Ram Will Witherspoon will be the sideline reporter.

The game will also be carried by Westwood One national radio. Bob Wischusen will call play-by-play, while Tony Boselli will provide analysis.

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