The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are probably going to be small home underdogs against the Baltimore Ravens at sportsbooks during Week 8 Thursday Night Football betting game.The Carolina Panthers handed the Tampa Bay Buccaneers their fifth straight loss last Sunday, 21-3. The Buccaneers were favored by 13 points but failed to cover the spread. Let’s dig into the Baltimore Ravens vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers Prediction.
Tampa Bay opens as a 3-point home favorite, visiting Baltimore has shifted from being a small road underdog to -1.5 in early wagering at the best Baltimore betting sites. Also, the top Tampa Bay gambling apps list the total at 44 points.
The Tampa Bay has not lost as an underdog since their victory against the Chiefs in Super Bowl 55. This particular game was played at home, which gave them considerable advantage. Since December 21, 2019, the Buccaneers have not been closed as dogs at Raymond James Stadium against any team other than the Chiefs or Green Bay Packers.The team has had success as home dogs, going 2-1 SU and 3-0 ATS since the Super Bowl.
Up to 45 points also means that this could be quite the offensive game, especially because neither team’s defense has been performing very well recently.
The Ravens won against the Cleveland Browns 23-20 as 6.5 point favorites on Sunday, marking their first consecutive home game win since November 28 of last year.
After Baltimore’s second touchdown, running back Gus Edwards–who missed over a year due to a torn ACL–returned to the game and ran the ball sixteen times for sixty-six yards.Justice Hill fumbled once but also ran the ball five times for twenty-six yards, aiding the team’s rushing attack.
As usual, quarterback Lamar Jackson posed a threat with ten carries for fifty-nine yards.
In the wake of their most dismal performance to date, where do the Buccaneers go from here?
The team’s recent string of losses has led some to point fingers at Brady, while head coach Todd Bowles HASN’T found the same success as former coach Bruce Arians.
In fact, under Arians the team won their second Super Bowl title less than 2 years ago.
Though they were expected to do well even without Brady, the Tampa Bay team has fallen greatly.
And it’s not just because Brady decided to retire–now he’s playing so poorly it looks like retirement might have been the better choice.
His teammates look just as lost on the field with him. This is a must-win game for Bowles and his players. They’re in a tough spot and they need to pull out a victory.
Last week, Baltimore had a significant victory over Cleveland by taking advantage of their poor run defense.Tampa Bay’s defense used to be one of the best, however they are struggling now.
They recently gave up 173 rushing yards to Carolina on 27 carries- averaging at 6.4 yards per carry.The Ravens need to continue running the ball hard so their opponents will have to try and stop them on the ground.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers can take advantage of the Baltimore Ravens’ weaknesses in the secondary and force quarterback Lamar Jackson to rely more on his arm. The two keys to the Buccaneers’ potential victory are an explosive offense led by Brady. If they stay too conservative and rely on their running game, the Ravens will benefit from that.