|Written by Michael|
Bet on the NFL The Baltimore Ravens currently sit in 1st in the AFC North with a 7-3-0 record. They hit the road this Holiday weekend for Tampa Bay to take on the NFC South third place team, the Tampa Bay Buccanneers. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been winning but not earning respect and on November 28th they will look to prove themselves against the Baltimore Ravens. Josh Freeman has been a huge surprise this season and he is much like his opponent in this game, the Baltimore Ravens Joe Flacco. Heading into this game the Baltimore Ravens need to establish themselves for the stretch run of the NFL Playoffs and they will be looking to expose the Tampa Bay Buccaneers weaknesses.
When betting on football remember: run defense has been the weakness of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Baltimore Ravens are a team that needs to establish their run game in order to make it into the NFL Playoff picture. The Baltimore Ravens featured back is Ray Rice and he has performed below expectations this season. The running game has averaged 113 yards per game but has not been dominating as they did last season.
Joe Flacco has also struggled this season after adding substantial fire power to the offensive arsenal of the Baltimore Ravens. Anquan Boldin has not disappointed this season but Flacco has not been able to get the ball to him in key situations. TJ Houshmandzadeh could be a key veteran leader later in the season but he has not been productive to this point of the season.
Sportsbook lists the Baltimore Ravens as the 7.5 point road favorites, with the total over under at 41.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense is giving up over 140 yards per game to their opponents and they can expect the Baltimore Ravens to run the ball right at them in this game. Against the pass the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are giving up 210 yards to opposing quarterbacks and Flacco is throwing for 226 yards per game. The Baltimore Ravens offense has the edge over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense.
Josh Freeman is a serviceable no nonsense quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers that can lead them to the NFL Playoffs. Freeman is averaging just over 215 yards through the air and is a smart quarterback in the pocket. His favorite receiver is Mike Williams and the pair have combined for some big plays at key moments. the running game of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is averaging over 110 yards a game on the ground but they have been inconsistent.
The Baltimore Ravens defense has been off kilter over the past few weeks and it coincides with the return of their best player in the secondary, Ed Reed. Since Reed has returned the Baltimore Ravens have been struggling to contain opposing defenses with the exception of their game against the Carolina Panthers.