Who will win Sunday’s Week 8 game in Tampa? – The Denver Post


Here’s how The Baltimore Sun sports staff views the outcome of Thursday’s Week 8 game between the Ravens (4-3) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers Browns (3-4) at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida:

Jonas Shaffer, reporter

Ravens 21, Buccaneers 20: This matchup feels like a repeat of the Ravens’ Week 5 win over the Bengals. Tampa Bay has a better defense and more explosive passing attack than the Ravens, but will injuries leave them too weakened to stress the Ravens before the snap? If the Ravens can run the ball well and tackle well in space, they should have their first winning streak of the season.

Mike Preston, columnist

Buccaneers 21, Ravens 18: Earlier in the week, I predicted the Ravens would win because the Buccaneers appeared to be a team in disarray. But every time I think Tampa Bay quarterback Tom Brady is washed up, he comes back with a vengeance. This game is on Thursday night, played before a national TV audience, so it’s a great time for Brady to show he isn’t finished. His passes don’t have the zip they once had, but Brady still has the touch and two pretty good receivers in Mike Evans and Chris Godwin. The Bucs can also play dominant defense when they want to.

Childs Walker, reporter

Ravens 26, Buccaneers 22: Can Tom Brady pick the Ravens apart with quick throws? Can the Ravens pound the Buccaneers with another run-first game plan? Neither team has reached peak form through the first seven weeks, but the Buccaneers have struggled against lesser competition and have lost twice at home. The Ravens will exploit Tampa Bay’s disadvantages on special teams and in the power game to grind out another narrow victory.

Ryan McFadden, reporter

Ravens 20, Buccaneers 16: The Buccaneers have struggled, losing four of their last five games, including a 21-3 loss to the Carolina Panthers. At the same time, the Ravens haven’t played their best football and nearly blew another double-digit lead in Sunday’s win over the Browns. Thursday night will be another close game, but the Ravens’ ability to run the ball will prove to be the difference-maker.

C.J. Doon, editor

Ravens 27, Buccaneers 24: These Buccaneers are a far cry from the outfit that won the Super Bowl two seasons ago. Coach Todd Bowles said they were in a “dark place” after an embarrassing loss to the Panthers, and now they have to regroup quickly against a Ravens team that could finally be rounding into form. With the Bucs already ruling out four starters and a few key reserves, the Ravens might actually be the healthier team for once. I don’t anticipate another subpar game from Lamar Jackson, especially in prime-time against Tom Brady. The Ravens earn a statement win.

Tim Schwartz, editor

Buccaneers 23, Ravens 19: The Ravens could probably play the 1985 Bears to a 9-7 game or the 2008 Lions to a 21-20 contest. They play up and down to whatever opponent they face, and I expect more of the same on Thursday night. Tom Brady looks frustrated and, dare I say, old, but he always lives up to the moment, and with a national audience I suspect he’ll make enough plays. The 4-3 Ravens are due for a loss anyway to carry their win-one, lose-one theme of the season. Justin Tucker will make a lot of field goals as the Ravens won’t be able to get over their woes in the red zone, and Brady will do what he’s always done — find a way to win.



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