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NFL Week 8 Game Recap: Baltimore Ravens 27, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 22

Tampa, Florida, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) throws a pass in the first quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports

The Baltimore Ravens emerged victorious Thursday night, as they pulled away from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the second half before a garbage time score made it a one-touchdown game. The Ravens' 27-22 victory at Raymond James Stadium moved them to 5-3 while the Bucs fell to a disappointing 3-5.

Offensive spotlight: After a slow start, Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson powered his team to victory, showing off his unique talents through the air and on the ground. Jackson finished 27-of-38 for 238 passing yards and two touchdowns in addition to generating 43 rushing yards from nine carries. With his defense stifling Tom Brady and the Buccaneers offense, Jackson wisely avoided turnover-worthy plays en route to a 6.4-yard average depth of target. As a runner, Jackson picked up three first downs and forced four missed tackles.

Ravens running back Gus Edwards also deserves a mention despite a relatively modest box score, finishing with 65 yards from 11 carries. Nevertheless, four of Edwards' carries resulted in first downs and he forced six missed tackles throughout the evening en route to a 85.0-plus rushing grade on first review —all of which were team highs. Unfortunately, Edwards sustained a hamstring injury in the second half that ended his night early.

Defensive spotlight: Even though the Ravens were able to find some success through the air in didn't come against Buccaneers cornerback Jamel Dean, who only allowed one catch from two targets into his coverage for three yards in addition to picking up three tackles, a forced incompletion and a coverage stop en route to an 80.0-plus coverage grade on first review.

Rookie spotlight: Ravens rookie tight end Isaiah Likely stole the show, displaying impressive ability in Mark Andrews‘ absence. Likely finished with six receptions from seven targets for 77 yards and a touchdown, totaling five first downs and three forced missed tackles in the process. Notably, Likely also was a dominant run-blocker, generating an incredible 90.0-plus grade in the facet Thursday night.

Buccaneers rookie running back Rachaad White only totaled an unimpressive 19 yards on the ground, but his performance as a receiver deserves recognition. He may have only totaled three catches for 24 yards, but he also generated two first downs while forcing three missed tackles after the catch.

Offensive line spotlight: Ravens offensive tackle Morgan Moses‘ 90.0-plus overall grade, if it holds, is the highest single-game grade of his career. Moses was impressive in pass protection, allowing just one pressure across 41 pass-blocking snaps, but he really seemed to make a difference as a run-blocker, notching a 90.0-plus grade on first review.


Box Score

Passing
Baltimore Ravens
Player Fantasy Comp/Att Yds YPA TD Int
Lamar Jackson 21.82 27 / 38 238 6.3 2 0
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Player Fantasy Comp/Att Yds YPA TD Int
Tom Brady 20.1 26 / 44 325 7.4 1 0
Rushing
Baltimore Ravens
Player Fantasy Car Yds YPC TD Long
Lamar Jackson 21.82 9 43 4.8 0 25
Kenyan Drake 16.7 7 62 8.9 0 40
Devin Duvernay 16.4 2 33 16.5 1 18
Gus Edwards 6.5 11 65 5.9 0 22
Justice Hill 2.8 4 28 7 0 12
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Player Fantasy Car Yds YPC TD Long
Tom Brady 20.1 1 1 1 0 1
Leonard Fournette 14.8 9 24 2.7 1 9
Julio Jones 10.1 1 0 0 0 0
Rachaad White 7.3 4 19 4.8 0 8
Receiving
Baltimore Ravens
Player Fantasy Tgt Rec Yds YPT TD
Isaiah Likely 19.7 7 6 77 11 1
Kenyan Drake 16.7 4 4 5 1.2 1
Devin Duvernay 16.4 4 4 31 7.8 0
Demarcus Robinson 12.4 8 6 64 8 0
Mark Andrews 6.3 5 3 33 6.6 0
James Proche II 5.4 4 3 24 6 0
Josh Oliver 1.4 1 1 4 4 0
Rashod Bateman 0 1 0 0 0 0
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Player Fantasy Tgt Rec Yds YPT TD
Mike Evans 21.3 11 6 123 11.2 0
Leonard Fournette 14.8 3 3 34 11.3 0
Chris Godwin 13.5 11 6 75 6.8 0
Julio Jones 10.1 4 2 21 5.2 1
Rachaad White 7.3 3 3 24 8 0
Cade Otton 3.5 5 2 15 3 0
Scotty Miller 3.3 2 2 13 6.5 0
Breshad Perriman 2.1 1 1 11 11 0
Ko Kieft 1.9 1 1 9 9 0
Kyle Rudolph 0 1 0 0 0 0

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