Ravens vs Buccaneers Betting Odds Preview: Has Tom Finally Seen His Day?

Bucs New to Underdog Game

Ravens vs Buccaneers Betting Odds Preview: Of all the NFL games on the schedule this week, what was thought of as a must-watch Thursday game has turned into a must-win for the 3-4 Buccaneers. Tampa is an unreliable 2-5 ATS this season after covering the first two games of the season. The Bucs are now 21-21 ATS in the regular season since Tom Brady arrived. The 4-3 Ravens are hoping to find some separation from the Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC North.

Game Information: Baltimore Ravens (4-3) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-4)
Location: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida
Day/Time: / 5:15 pm PT
Television: Prime


Oddsmakers Laying a Trap?

Continuing Our Ravens vs Buccaneers Betting Odds Preview: Baltimore has won two of their last three meetings at Raymond James Stadium and four of six overall. They’re coming off a loss against the Browns (23-20) on Sunday, while Tampa continues to struggle after dropping a 21-3 decision to the Carolina Panthers as a 13-point favorite.

The oddsmakers hide behind the fact that the Ravens are a road favorite but they know that this short number (-1.5) will have the betting public racing to the windows that cover this enticing number. Sure enough, with 84% of the tickets written and money wagered on the Ravens, they have you right where they want you.

Baltimore is just 2-4-1 ATS this season and 1-2-1 ATS when the number is less than three. We may need to see more out of a defense ranked 23rd in the league before the money is confidently wagered on John Harbaugh’s team. Point Spread: Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Follow the Buc’s and every team all season long, right here.

Tampa’s Defense Still Championship Caliber

Much of the focus and blame has been on quarterback Tom Brady since camp. Despite the Buccaneers’ stunning start, one thing has remained the same, the defense is still capable of carrying this team. The Bucs will have their hands full against Ravens Quarterback Lamar Jackson and returning RB Gus Williams. Williams, who has been out since 2020, ran for 66 yards in their win over Cleveland and. That’s a potent combo along with Jackson who leads the team with 510 yards on the ground for the league’s sixth-highest-scoring offense.

The key to Tampa’s success will be controlling the line of scrimmage while limiting the Ravens ground attack, something they’re struggled to do. With Tampa’s secondary continuing to be the strength of the defense, the game plan is always to stop the run to allow their strength to take over.

Tampa bay has given up over 118 yards per game on the ground in 2022. From a betting perspective, the public is all in on Baltimore with the Buccaneers receiving just 20% of the overall spread tickets written. Since 2004, when the Bucs receive 20% or less of the public trust, they’ve covered six of their last nine games. The perception of this being an easy win is usually a wrong train of thought for the public who own a 54-61% ATS record when one team has 80% or better of the public’s backing.

Defense Wins Thursday Night Thriller

To Conclude our Ravens vs Buccaneers Betting Odds Preview: We still believe that defense covers the spread. As much as we run to the window to bet the Ravens in August, October should be a month to run away. The Ravens have not produced a profit in October since 2014 and that was a measly six units.

Since 2007, Baltimore is 20-37 ATS (35.08%) -1783 units this month. Ironically, only Tampa Bay has been worse in that span (-2206 units) but that included some bad pre-Brady teams. The Ravens’ woes came during a span when the Ravens were 99-84 (54.10%) every other month while winning a Super Bowl.


A lot different when we’re talking about a team that made a postseason nine times including a Super Bowl win in 2012. Our official selection is to avoid the oddsmakers’ trap and back the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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