NFL

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Baltimore Ravens

Tampa Bay
Buccaneers
5 - 8
Baltimore
Ravens
7 - 6
December 16, 2018, 1:00 PM EST
 | M&T Bank Stadium

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Tampa Bay
Buccaneers
5 - 8
Baltimore
Ravens
7 - 6
December 16, 2018, 1:00 PM EST
 | M&T Bank Stadium
  • The Baltimore Ravens are not only in the thick of the AFC wild-card race but are just a half-game behind the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC North. Coming into the final three games of the season, they’ll welcome the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to M&T Bank Stadium, where they are 8-point favorites in a game they absolutely need to win. There is uncertainty on who will start under center for the Ravens, with the total for the game set at 46.5 points.

    SHARK BITES
    • Tampa Bay is 1-12 SU in its last 13 games as a road underdog.
    • Tampa Bay is 5-12 ATS in its last 17 December road games.
    • The UNDER has hit in five of Baltimore’s last six games against Tampa Bay.

    Buccaneers vs Ravens Game Center

    THIS SUNDAY I’M TAKING BALTIMORE -8.0

    It’s normally cliche to say you can take positives after a loss, but that’s exactly what the Baltimore Ravens are doing heading into this Sunday.

    Baltimore went on the road against the AFC-leading Kansas City Chiefs and took them right to the wire, losing by a field goal late in overtime. The Ravens were able to keep the Chiefs offense somewhat in check in Week 14, holding them to 27 points, their second-lowest total of the season.

    They can hang their hat on being right there with the league’s elite, but as the Ravens look toward Week 15, the biggest question is who will start at quarterback. Longtime starter Joe Flacco, who has missed the past four games with a hip injury, has begun practicing, although head coach John Harbaugh has continued to be vague on his status. In his place, rookie Lamar Jackson has gone 3-1, with his only loss coming last week. He left the game on the second-last play of overtime with an ankle injury, but Harbaugh said Monday that he “should be OK.”

    Not exactly a ringing endorsement, but it appears that Jackson, who combines dynamic running with efficient throws downfield, should be the starter again.

    The Baltimore game plan will change drastically based on who is under center, but either scenario has them starting a quarterback who has proven he can win in the NFL. Combine that with one of the league’s top defenses, and the fact that they cannot afford to lose this game, and I’m betting on them coming out and taking care of business.

    RAVENS DEFENSE IS FOR REAL

    The Ravens defense was statistically one of the league’s top units coming into Week 14, but they showed how good they can be last Sunday.

    Going against one of the league’s most explosive offenses, the Ravens held Kansas City under 30 points for just the third time all season, consistently getting pressure on quarterback Patrick Mahomes and holding the Chiefs under 100 rushing yards. While they couldn’t preserve the win, as Mahomes engineered an incredible drive late in the fourth quarter to tie the game, they proved that they have the depth and talent to tackle any offense.

    In Week 15 they’ll face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, an offense that has been up and down but playing well lately with Jameis Winston under center. The Bucs aren’t the Chiefs, however, so we expect the Ravens defense to be at the top of its game and keep Tampa Bay relatively quiet.

    With tight defense and lots of running in the offensive scheme, bettors may want to look at the UNDER as another play this Sunday.

    A TALE OF TWO BUCS

    In Week 1, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers exploded for 529 yards – including 417 through the air – and 48 points, while the defense surrendered 475 yards and 40 points to the New Orleans Saints in an old-fashioned shootout.

    For their Week 14 rematch, the defense was a different unit, holding New Orleans to 298 yards, 28 points and two turnovers … except the offense was also a different unit, managing just 174 passing yards and 14 points.

    The disappointing offensive day snapped a streak of 12 straight games with more than 300 offensive yards and marked just the second time in the Bucs’ past nine games that they failed to top 24 points.

    Tampa Bay will have a hard time getting it back on track Sunday, as the Ravens defense isn’t the most welcoming unit, but if Tampa can combine a strong pass rush with its lethal offensive potential, Baltimore may be in for a difficult day.

Odds

Sunday, December 16 Sun Dec 16


Opening
Current

Spread
Moneyline
O/U
Opening
+6
-110
+315
o47.5
-110
-6
-110
-400
u47.5
-110
Spread
Moneyline
O/U
Current
+9
-110
+305
o44
-110
-9
-110
-365
u44
-110

Edge Finder

29.95
Total Score
22.76
304.21
Passing Yards
233.00
96.21
Rushing Yards
145.82
30:22
Time on Field
33:16
67.53
Number of Plays
69.71
5.93
Yards Per Play
5.43
29.95
Total Score
22.76
6.53
First Quarter
3.00
8.32
Second Quarter
7.00
7.26
Third Quarter
4.24
7.53
Fourth Quarter
8.00
304.21
Passing Yards
233.00
43.32
Pass Attempts
35.94
29.05
Pass Completions
23.29
1.58
Sacks
3.35
10.68
Sack Yards
18.00
10.47
Yards Per Pass
10.00
96.21
Rushing Yards
145.82
22.63
Rush Attempts
30.41
4.25
Yards Per Rush
4.79
0.68
Interceptions
1.06
0.68
Fumbles
1.24
0.42
Fumbles Lost
0.47
1.11
Total Turnovers
1.53
5.53
Penalties
6.00
51.05
Penalty Yards
49.88
30:22
Time on Field
33:16
67.53
Number of Plays
69.71
5.93
Yards Per Play
5.43
3.84
Punts
4.18
43.26
Punt Average
44.36
59.63
Return Yards
66.76

Head To Head

TB
Stat Type BAL
2-4
Record
4-2
3-3
ATS
3-3
1-5
O/U
1-5
13.33
Score
20.67
85.17
Rush Yds
96.50
35.17
Pass Attempts
32.17
54.98
Completion %
60.62
176.67
Passing Yds
211.50
262
Total Yds
308
1.33
Turnovers
1.17
TB
Stat Type BAL
0-3
Record
3-0
1-2
ATS
2-1
1-2
O/U
1-2
9.00
Score
30.67
71.33
Rush Yds
121.33
38.33
Pass Attempts
30.33
51.30
Completion %
69.23
185.00
Passing Yds
243.67
256.33
Total Yds
365
1.33
Turnovers
0.67
Oct 12/14 (1 of 9)
TB
Stat Type BAL
Home
Away
17
Score
48
+3
ATS
-3
44 o
O/U
44 u
87
Rush Yds
169
44
Pass Attempts
29
54.55
Completion %
72.41
277
Passing Yds
306
364
Total Yds
475
1
Turnovers
1
Nov 28/10 (2 of 9)
TB
Stat Type BAL
Away
Home
10
Score
17
+7.5
ATS
-7.5
41.5 o
O/U
41.5 u
101
Rush Yds
92
37
Pass Attempts
35
45.95
Completion %
71.43
162
Passing Yds
257
263
Total Yds
349
0
Turnovers
1
Sep 10/06 (3 of 9)
TB
Stat Type BAL
Home
Away
0
Score
27
-3
ATS
+3
33 o
O/U
33 u
26
Rush Yds
103
34
Pass Attempts
27
52.94
Completion %
62.96
116
Passing Yds
168
142
Total Yds
271
3
Turnovers
0
Sep 15/02 (4 of 9)
TB
Stat Type BAL
Away
Home
25
Score
0
-4.5
ATS
+4.5
32.5 o
O/U
32.5 u
74
Rush Yds
55
31
Pass Attempts
38
77.42
Completion %
42.11
205
Passing Yds
118
279
Total Yds
173
0
Turnovers
1
Dec 29/01 (5 of 9)
TB
Stat Type BAL
Home
Away
22
Score
10
-1
ATS
+1
34 o
O/U
34 u
123
Rush Yds
90
29
Pass Attempts
37
44.83
Completion %
56.76
90
Passing Yds
167
213
Total Yds
257
0
Turnovers
3
Sep 10/95 (6 of 9)
TB
Stat Type BAL
Away
Home
6
Score
22
+7.5
ATS
-7.5
37.5 o
O/U
37.5 u
100
Rush Yds
70
36
Pass Attempts
27
55.56
Completion %
62.96
210
Passing Yds
253
311
Total Yds
323
4
Turnovers
1
Nov 5/89 (7 of 9)
TB
Stat Type BAL
Home
Away
31
Score
42
+2.5
ATS
-2.5
41 o
O/U
41 u
0
Rush Yds
0
0
Pass Attempts
0
55.56
Completion %
55.56
0
Passing Yds
0
0
Total Yds
0
0
Turnovers
0
Nov 13/83 (8 of 9)
TB
Stat Type BAL
Away
Home
0
Score
20
ATS
O/U
0
Rush Yds
0
0
Pass Attempts
0
55.56
Completion %
55.56
0
Passing Yds
0
0
Total Yds
0
0
Turnovers
0
Sep 28/80 (9 of 9)
TB
Stat Type BAL
Home
Away
27
Score
34
ATS
O/U
0
Rush Yds
0
0
Pass Attempts
0
55.56
Completion %
55.56
0
Passing Yds
0
0
Total Yds
0
0
Turnovers
0

Team Records

TB
Record BAL
5-8
All
7-6
4-3
Home
4-2
1-5
Away
3-4
5-7-1
ATS
7-6
3-4
ATS Home
3-3
2-3-1
ATS Away
4-3
8-5
O/U
6-7
2-5
O/U Home
3-3
6-0
O/U Away
3-4
TB
Record BAL
4-6
All
6-4
3-2
Home
4-1
1-4
Away
2-3
4-5-1
ATS
6-4
3-2
ATS Home
3-2
1-3-1
ATS Away
3-2
6-4
O/U
5-5
1-4
O/U Home
3-2
5-0
O/U Away
2-3
TB
Record BAL
2-3
All
2-3
1-1
Home
1-1
1-2
Away
1-2
2-3
ATS
1-4
1-1
ATS Home
0-2
1-2
ATS Away
1-2
0-0
O/U
0-0
0-0
O/U Home
0-0
0-0
O/U Away
0-0
TB
Record BAL
3-7
All
5-5
3-2
Home
2-2
0-5
Away
3-3
3-6-1
ATS
5-5
2-3
ATS Home
1-3
1-3-1
ATS Away
4-2
5-5
O/U
4-6
0-5
O/U Home
2-2
5-0
O/U Away
2-4

Gametime Weather

Weather
12:00pm Chance of Rain
6ºC / 42ºF
84% Humidity
55% Precipitation
100% Cloud Cover
Wind Impact Stadium Type Open
Field Image
Arrow Image 11
mph

Injuries

NamePositionInj Desc
No Reported Injuries
NamePositionInj Desc
No Reported Injuries

Last 10 Games

DateOppScoreSULine/TotalATSOFF. RUSHOFF. PASSOFF. TOTALDEF. RUSHDEF. PASSDEF. TOTALTO
Dec 9, 2018NO14-28L+9.5/54.5L/U105174279100198298-1
Dec 2, 2018CAR24-17W+3.5/52W/U95220315168276444-3
Nov 25, 2018SF27-9W-1.5/54.5W/U108304412148194342-2
Nov 18, 2018NYG35-38L+3/54P/O1513595101631963594
Nov 11, 2018WAS3-16L-3.5/51L/U1033985011161702864
Nov 4, 2018CAR28-42L+6/55.5L/O822193011792284072
Oct 28, 2018CIN34-37L+3.5/55W/O1264505761382644024
Oct 21, 2018CLE26-23W-3.5/52.5L/U1143424561191863053
Oct 14, 2018ATL29-34L+3/57.5L/O123389512703464162
Sep 30, 2018CHI10-48L+3/46L/O602513111393444833
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DateOppScoreSULine/TotalATSOFF. RUSHOFF. PASSOFF. TOTALDEF. RUSHDEF. PASSDEF. TOTALTO
Dec 9, 2018KC24-27L+6.5/48.5W/O198123321943474410
Dec 2, 2018ATL26-16W+2.5/47W/U20715936634971310
Nov 25, 2018OAK34-17W-13/42W/O242174416671822491
Nov 18, 2018CIN24-21W-6.5/44L/O265138403482072551
Nov 4, 2018PIT16-23L-1.5/47L/U612072681132823950
Oct 28, 2018CAR21-36L-2.5/44.5L/O1012243251542323863
Oct 21, 2018NO23-24L-2.5/49.5L/U77274351134205339-1
Oct 14, 2018TEN21-0W-2.5/43.5W/U12323836155511061
Oct 7, 2018CLE9-12L-3/44.5L/U1162944101123044161
Sep 30, 2018PIT26-14W+3/51W/U9635545119265284-1
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