Buccaneers vs. Ravens: picks, bets and predictions for Thursday Night Football

Week 8 of the NFL kicks off tonight with the duel between the Baltimore Ravens and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium (8:15 PM ET).

Tom Bradyquarterback of the Bucs, finds himself in a situation he has not remembered since his first season as a starter in New England: his team is 3-4 for the first time since the distant 2002 campaign.

This is just the second time Brady has faced Lamar JacksonRavens quarterback.

Baltimore has won the last four meetings, including the last one four years ago when Jackson was a rookie.

the odds

Spread: Baltimore -1.5

Over/Under: 45 points

Moneyline: Baltimore -125, Tampa Bay +105

What you should know


Baltimore is 3-4 against the spread this season.

Under the command of the head coach John Harbaughthe Ravens are 33-16 in primetime.

Harbaugh is 3-0 against Tampa Bay as the Ravens’ coach, including a 20-12 win at M&T Bank Stadium in 2018.

The Ravens come into this game after recording five quarterback sacks last week against Cleveland.

Baltimore had 160 rushing yards against the Browns, including 66 of Gus Edwardswho scored a pair of touchdowns in his first game since 2020 after suffering a serious knee injury that sidelined him for the entire 2021 season.

Lamar Jackson needs 57 rushing yards to get past Steve Young and rank only fifth in rushing yards for a quarterback.


Tampa Bay is 2-5 against the spread this season.

Tom Brady he is 14-2 on Thursday with 4,779 yards and 35 touchdown passes and nine interceptions.

Brady hasn’t had an interception since Week 1 against Dallas.

The Bucs are averaging 64.4 rushing yards per game, the lowest in the NFL. Last week at Carolina they ran for just 46 yards on 16 attempts.

Tampa Bay hasn’t scored an offensive touchdown in the first quarter all season.

key duel

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The Bucs’ defense has allowed an average of 147.5 rushing yards in the last four games, including 189 against Kansas City and 173 last week against the Panthers.

The Ravens quarterback has 510 rushing yards this season, 59 more than Tampa Bay (451) as a team.

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the defensive end Calais Campbell (illness) is ruled out for tonight’s game.

the wide receiver Rashod Bateman (foot) returned last weekend, but did not participate in the first two practices of the week.

the tight end Mark Andrews (knee), linebacker Josh Bynes (quadriceps) and the tackle Ronnie Stanley (ankle) also missed training on Monday and Tuesday.


safety Antoine Winfield Jr. (concussion), the cornerbacks Carlton Davis (hip) and Sean Murphy Bunting (quadriceps), the guard Luke Goedeke (foot), the wide receiver Russell Gage (hamstring) and the tight end cameron brate (neck) are ruled out for tonight’s game.

defensive tackle Akiem Hicks (foot) is in question, while the wide receiver Julius Jones (knee) will be a decision at game time.


Tampa Bay’s defense’s struggles to contain the run could be exposed today more than ever against a Baltimore team whose specialty is running the ball. Ravens 20-14 Buccaneers

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Buccaneers vs. Ravens: picks, bets and predictions for Thursday Night Football