Tue. Dec 6th, 2022

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will try to avoid their fifth loss in six games when they welcome the Baltimore Ravens to Raymond James Stadium for Thursday Night Football. After beating the Cowboys and Saints to start the season, the Buccaneers (3-4) have lost four of their last five contests, including defeats to the Packers, Chiefs, Steelers and Panthers. Tampa Bay has not dropped five games in a six-game stretch since the 2019 season. The Ravens (4-3) are looking to go two games over .500 for the first time this season.

Kickoff is at 8:15 p.m. ET. Tampa Bay is a two-point favorite in the latest Ravens vs. Buccaneers odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over/under, or total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, is 46. Before you make any Buccaneers vs. Ravens picks or Week 8 predictions, you need to see the NFL best bets and analysis from SportsLine’s top Ravens expert, expert Mike Tierney.

A veteran sportswriter whose work appears periodically in The New York Times and Los Angeles Times, Mike Tierney has covered the NFL for decades and reported from seven Super Bowls. He entered the 2022 NFL season 232-204-10 ATS since the start of the 2018 season. He also is an amazing 34-14-2 on his last 50 NFL picks involving the Ravens, returning $1,850.

Now, Tierney has set his sights on Ravens vs. Buccaneers and just locked in his picks and NFL Week 8 predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see his picks. Now, here are several NFL odds and betting lines for Bucs vs. Ravens:

  • Ravens vs. Buccaneers spread: Tampa Bay -2
  • Ravens vs. Buccaneers over/under: 46 points
  • Ravens vs. Buccaneers money line: Baltimore +115, Tampa Bay -135
  • BAL: Ravens rank second in the NFL in yards per rush (5.4)
  • TB: Buccaneers are third in the league in team sacks (22)
  • Ravens vs. Buccaneers picks: See picks at SportsLine

Featured Game | Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Baltimore Ravens

Why the Ravens can cover

Baltimore faces a Tampa Bay running game that is on pace to have a historically poor season. The Buccaneers are averaging 64.4 rushing yards per game, which would be the fewest by a team in a season since the 1946 Detroit Lions (42.9). This season, 20 players around the league are averaging at least 64.4 rush yards per game by themselves.

In addition, the Ravens have done an excellent job at forcing turnovers this season. Baltimore has 14 takeaways, which is tied for the most in the league. The Ravens have forced multiple turnovers in five of seven games this season. See who to back here.

Why the Buccaneers can cover

Tampa Bay has done an excellent job at protecting quarterback Tom Brady. The seven-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback has been pressured on just 18.6% of drop-backs this season, the best percentage among quarterbacks who have dropped back to pass at least nine times this year. Last week, he was sacked only once and pressured on just 19.6% of drop-backs against the Panthers.

In addition, the Buccaneers face a Baltimore team with a dearth of playmakers on the outside. Rashod Bateman is the team’s leading receiver with just 285 receiving yards, which ranks 58th in the league, and he is questionable for Thursday with a foot injury. The Ravens average just 189.7 passing yards a game this season; just six teams average fewer. See who to back here.

How to make Ravens vs. Buccaneers picks

Tierney has analyzed this matchup from every angle. He’s leaning Under on the total, and he’s also isolated a critical x-factor that makes one side of the spread hit hard. See what it is, and which team to back, at SportsLine.

Who wins Buccaneers vs. Ravens on Thursday Night Football? And which critical X-factor makes one side of the spread a must-back? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the Buccaneers vs. Ravens spread to back, all from the expert who is an amazing 34-14 on Baltimore picks, and find out.

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