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NFL GameDay: Bucs-Rams clash features budding young stars

Bucs rookie quarterback Jameis Winston has passed for 3,059 yards and 18 touchdowns, and has rushed for five scores this season.
Bucs rookie quarterback Jameis Winston has passed for 3,059 yards and 18 touchdowns, and has rushed for five scores this season. AP

Tampa Bay (6-7) at St. Louis (5-8)

7:25 p.m. Thursday, NFL Network

Line: Rams by 2 1/2

Another less-than-stellar Thursday night matchup, but at least both teams have intriguing young stars who also provide hope for the future. Bucs rookie QB Jameis Winston had some early growing pains, but has heated up while throwing eight touchdown passes and only two interceptions in the past four games. Winston has 18 TD passes and needs one to tie Mike Glennon (2013) for the most by a Bucs rookie. St. Louis RB Todd Gurley rushed for 140 yards last week and needs 25 to become the first Rams rookie to reach 1,000 since Jerome Bettis in 1993. The Rams, who snapped a five-game losing streak last week, could be playing their final home game in St. Louis with owner Stan Kroenke trying to move the franchise to Los Angeles.

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