Baltimore Ravens (5-3) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-5), Ravens win 27-22
The Buccaneers’ bright first half suddenly vanished as the club returned to their 2022 norm, enabling the Baltimore Ravens to accomplish everything they wished for offensively. It probably doesn’t help that Tampa Bay couldn’t find any offensive consistency in the last three quarters. The Buccaneers fell to 3-5 after suffering their fifth defeat in six games, falling 27-22 at home to the Baltimore Ravens.
On Thursday night, both teams sustained serious injuries. The Ravens were without receivers Rashod Bateman (foot) and Mark Andrews (shoulder) for the first three quarters and running back Gus Edwards (hamstring) for the fourth. During the second half, the Buccaneers lost linebacker Shaquil Barrett. According to NFL Media, Barrett is believed to have suffered a torn Achilles.
This was definitely a statement game by Lamar Jackson and the Ravens to the rest of the league. Watch for the Ravens to climb back atop the AFC powerhouses.
Patriots (3-4) at Jets (5-2), 1 p.m.:
New England has claimed 12 straight games versus New York, including wins by 41, 38, 35, and 33 points. However, the AFC East foes are going down opposite paths. In a setback to the Chicago Bears on Monday night, the Patriots sidelined quarterback Mac Jones in favor of backup Bailey Zappe. According to NFL Research, the Jets are the only team since Tim Tebow’s 2011 Broncos to win four straight games with 105 or fewer net passing yards. There hasn’t been a game between the Patriots and Jets with such high stakes in years.