Bucs Hope Rain Will Help Cool Off A Hot Baltimore Team

Baltimore, MD (AP) – The Baltimore Ravens are hosting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on what will be a rainy day in Charm City. The Ravens are pushing hard to make the playoffs and with the Pittsburgh Steelers stumbling, it gives Baltimore a shot at winning the AFC North.


TAMPA BAY (5-8) at BALTIMORE (7-6)

Sunday, 1 p.m. EDT, Fox

OPENING LINE – Ravens by 8

RECORD VS. SPREAD – Tampa Bay 5-7-1, Baltimore 7-6

SERIES RECORD – Ravens lead 3-2

LAST MEETING – Ravens beat Buccaneers 48-17, Oct. 12, 2014

LAST WEEK – Buccaneers lost to Saints 28-14; Ravens lost to Chiefs 27-24, OT

AP PRO32 RANKING – Buccaneers No. 20, Ravens No. 12





STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES – Buccaneers won first two games in series, have lost last three. … In last meeting between teams, QB Joe Flacco threw five TD passes in span of 16:03. This time, he’s returning from hip injury as backup to Lamar Jackson. … Baltimore defensive line coach Joe Cullen held same role in Tampa Bay in 2014-15. … Bucs C Ryan Jensen played for Ravens 2013-17. … Tampa Bay defensive coordinator Mark Duffner was Maryland head coach from 1992-96. … Tampa Bay QB Jameis Winston has thrown at least two TD passes in each of last four games. Franchise record is six games with two or more. … Bucs WR Mike Evans has 1,207 yards receiving, needs 31 vs. Ravens to set team record for most yards receiving through 14 games. … Tampa Bay has 25 sacks over last eight weeks, second most in NFL behind Saints. … Bucs have eight takeaways over last three games, but with 31 turnovers for season own minus-17 differential. … Peyton Barber leads Bucs with 677 yards rushing, but 27th-ranked ground attack averages fewer than 100 yards per game. … Tampa Bay has 4,308 yards through air, third most in NFL history through 13 games. … Jackson has 336 yards rushing for Ravens over last four games, most by NFL quarterback in his first four starts during Super Bowl era. … Baltimore allowing NFL-low 18.5 points per game. … Ravens have 115 first downs rushing, most in NFL. … Baltimore’s 914 yards rushing over last four games most in NFL during that span. … Ravens own minus-6 turnover differential. Since 2000, they’re 30-85 with negative turnover differential. … Baltimore 16-8 at home in December and 36-16 overall in that month under coach John Harbaugh, who took over in 2008. … Willie Snead leads Ravens with 56 catches, followed by Michael Crabtree (51). John Brown tops Ravens WRs with five TDs. … Baltimore LB Terrell Suggs needs one sack to tie John Abraham for 12th place on NFL career list with 133 1/2. … Ravens P Sam Koch has 24 kicks inside 20. He has played in team-record 205 consecutive games. … Ravens 2-0 this season with defensive TD, 44-7 since 2000. … Fantasy tip: Go with Jackson, who can register points on ground and through air against defense that can’t effectively stop either.