The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Los Angeles Rams are widely considered the NFC's top-two teams through two weeks of action. It's only fitting that they'll square off on Sunday afternoon at SoFi Stadium, in what could be a preview of the NFC championship game.
Los Angeles acquired veteran quarterback Matthew Stafford for matchups like this one, and his season will be defined by how well he plays in high-leverage games and situations. But is there added pressure on Stafford to silence the critics on Sunday? Tiki and Tierney discussed the topic during Friday's show.
"He's got to win playoff games, get deep into the postseason. All that talent doesn't mean anything unless you win games in the postseason," Tiki said. "Your legacy depends on the postseason, and there's just no track record of Stafford that you're looking at and saying, 'He was great when he had to be.' He's going to get the chance this year, because their defense is good, their offense is stellar, and he's playing at a very high level."
Through two games, Stafford has been as advertised for the Rams -- he owns a 69.6 completion percentage with 599 passing yards, five touchdowns, and just one interception. The 33-year-old veteran is also averaging 10.7 yards per attempt -- a mark well above his career average of 7.2 with the Detroit Lions -- and leading the NFL with 15.4 yards per completion.
The Rams believe that they can reach new heights with Stafford under center. Although they finished 10-6 and won a playoff game with Jared Goff last year, their offense ranked 22nd in the league in average points (23.3) and 25th in percentage of drives ending with an offensive score (34.2).
Los Angeles (2-0) and Tampa (2-0) are scheduled to kick off at 4:25 p.m. ET on Sunday. According to FiveThirtyEight projections, the Rams currently have a 73-percent chance to reach the playoffs, and 32-percent chance to win the NFC West.
The entire Stafford conversation between Tiki and Tierney can be accessed in the audio player above.