NFL Week 8 Picks: Ravens and Buccaneers Meet on Thursday Night Football

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Tom Brady #12 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers stands on the sidelines against the Carolina Panthers. Eakin Howard/Getty Images/AFP.

D-day is fast approaching for Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Tom Brady after Sunday’s dire loss to the Carolina Panthers 3-21. Brady has had a stellar career but if old father time isn’t tolling, then maybe his off-field problems are to be blamed. Certainly, going through a divorce in your 40s has to be hugely stressful especially given Brady is one of the biggest brands in sports.

On the back of losing to the Pittsburgh Steelers the previous week, it’s safe to assume the Buccaneers and Brady are at this season’s tipping point. Amazingly, this is the first season in twenty years that Tom Brady has a losing record entering NFL Week 8.

Here at TheRX, we analyze the NFL odds and whether they can start a recovery mission or the Bucs will suffer another home-field loss to the Baltimore Ravens, meaning their season will be close to over.

Baltimore Ravens vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Thursday, October 27, 2022 – 08:15 PM EDT at Raymond James Stadium

Baltimore Ravens Analysis

What Happened in Week 7?

Things are looking up in Baltimore after Sunday’s close win against their AFC North Divisional rivals, the Cleveland Browns, taking them to the top spot after seven matches.

It’s fair to say, they should have won a little cozier than the 23-20 scoreline looks, having dominated the middle exchanges of the match, and moving into the lead before the final quarter after a poor opening quarter. However, it needed a late block of the Browns’ field goal attempt by linebacker Malik Harrison to allow the Ravens to fall over the line.

They were helped in no small measure by a couple of rushing touchdowns for Gus Edwards, who took his season’s tally to six. No doubt, unity and team spirit are growing week by week in Baltimore, and their last four matches have been ultra-close with no more than four points between the teams.

Team Spirit

Head coach, John Harbaugh stated, that Sunday’s win “was a team win” and Gus Edwards talent is a “unique” one to his team. Harbaugh himself must take a fair amount of credit for Sunday’s win versus the Browns when they took the same route the New England Patriots had taken the week prior when they dared the Browns to throw more in the middle stages of the match.

From the start of the season, the uncertainty surrounding star quarterback, Lamar Jackson’s contract renewal has been kept at bay from the growing team spirit of the staff and players which is a testament to how much success is wanted by the current group of players at the Ravens franchise.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Analysis

The Brady Situation

We have already discussed how D-day is approaching for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Tom Brady.

The question is, can Head coach, Todd Bowles, rally his troops this early into his leadership? Stepping into Bruce Arians’s mighty shoes was never going to be easy, let alone, having to deal with the sport’s best-ever quarterback may be past his “sell by” date. It would be a hell of a decision to drop Brady, but really how much future after this season does the great man have in Tampa?

Disappointment Week After Week

Bowles has stated he likes the team energy in practice sessions and the locker room leadership of stalwarts such as Mike Evans, Devin White, or indeed, Brady himself but he had to concede that Sunday was a “dark day” for the Buccs in his post-match press conference.

Either way, the performances on the field have become sloppy and sluggish by the week resulting in team morale and confidence being likely at an all-time low.

Final Thoughts

There has been obvious regression in the spread number at the best sportsbooks from the key 3 to the Buccaneers as favorites after Sunday night’s games against the Ravens now as 1-point favorites on a road trip. That kinda makes things more difficult for me as previously, I had been looking forward to advising the Ravens with the advantage of a field goal spread.

We don’t have that cushion anymore but with John Harbaugh, they undoubtedly have the most proven coach at this level. With his opposite number under increased pressure to get a win, Harbaugh may be clever enough to exploit the pressure on Tampa’s players even more with his tactical acumen.

I don’t think we need to worry about the spread anymore, so my advice is to take the Baltimore Ravens to beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on the moneyline price of -110 with Unibet for our NFL picks.

NFL Pick: Ravens ML (-110) at Unibet