The Baltimore Ravens opened week 8 of the NFL season with a 27-22 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. One rookie in particular was convincing in his best match. For the home side, Tom Brady hit three different negatives – and the Bucs in Shaquil Barrett another top performer.
Buccaneers vs Ravens: at a glance
- Tampa Bay linebacker Shaquil Barrett was injured in the third quarter and had to leave the game. On Friday, several American media reported a ruptured Achilles tendon in the 29-year-old – his season is over.
- Raven’s rookie Isiah Likely was thrown in the deep end after Mark Andrews (shoulder) retired early, swam free and had by far his best game of his young career.
- Contrary to their recent tendencies, the Buccaneers started out much more progressively and showed a coherent offensive performance that led to a quick lead. After the second ride, however, it was back to the old rhythm, with which they walked long stretches on site.
- Tom Brady provided several negative points in the game. He is now the most fired QB in NFL history and is on his longest losing streak in 20 years.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Baltimore Ravens: The Analysis
The Buccaneers made a quick stop to the Ravens attack, but on the ensuing punt, Dee Delaney ran into returnee Jaelan Dardon and caused a muffled run that the Ravens captured on opposing team 6. It didn’t go any further from there though, so the Ravens took over. happy with a field goal.
For their part, the Bucs started off surprisingly refreshing for their standards with passing early downs, game action and an attack that looked fluid. In the end, the result was a brief touchdown from Leonard Fournette for an early lead. And after a 3-and-out from the guests, the Bucs marched again, but this time they were content with a field goal to make it 10:3.
After that, however, the Buccaneers went back to their old vicious routine with plenty of fruitless runs in early downs, and Baltimore now put Marlon Humphrey in the top corner over closing receiver Chris Godwin, who had been the most prolific receiver for Tom Brady to that point. After that, he was ineffective for a long time.
Several punters followed before half-time and bad news for the guests: tight end Mark Andrews left the game at half-time with a shoulder injury. In addition, a 61-yard field goal by Justin Tucker was blocked. So the break was 10:3 Buccaneers.
Buccaneers vs. Ravens: Rookie Likely takes over after the break
After the break, Tampa Bay picked up where it left off with ineffective runs that led to risky and bad pitches and quickly ended streaks. The Ravens, on the other hand, went back to the run game after a pass-heavy start, Lamar Jackson also came into his own – not just on the floor – and rookie tight end Isaiah Likely took over from Andrews in impressive fashion. and did his best so far Game.
Jackson first found Kenyan Drake with a pass in the flat to equalize, moments later found Likely after a strong pocket move at the back of the end zone for a 17:10 lead at the end of the third quarter. It was probably the first NFL touchdown. Meanwhile, Bucs-edge rusher Shaq Barrett, who retired with a ruptured Achilles tendon — lost his season. Meanwhile, the Ravens had knocked out wide receiver Rashod Bateman with a foot injury.
Brady responded with a 51-yard shot to Mike Evans in the red zone, but there was no further progress after an unfinish to Kyle Rudolph in the end zone, so kicker Ryan Succop only shortened with a field goal.
Not enough, it turned out shortly afterwards, as the Ravens were unstoppable by their own 17. Thanks in particular to numerous option runs, they pulled the tooth out of the Bucs defense and with a jetsweep with Devin Duvernay for a 15-yard touchdown run, they make the preliminary decision in the game.
After field goals from both sides, Brady put his team within striking distance and found returnee Julio Jones for an 8-yard touchdown pass. The ensuing 2-point conversion went awry with 49 seconds left. The onside kick landed with the Ravens and that was the end of the game.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-5) – Baltimore Ravens (5-3)
Result: 22:27 (10:3, 0:0, 0:14, 12:10) BOXSCORE
Buccaneers vs. Ravens – the most important statistics
Brady broke 100 passes in the first quarter since Week 13 of the preseason.
Justin Houston’s second layoff just before the break was the 555th sack Brady allowed in his career. That’s the most in NFL history – Ben Roethlisberger previously held that inglorious record (554).
Brady has now thrown just 2 touchdowns in the first half of games after 8 games. These are the fewest in his career as a starter. Last year, after 8 games, there were still an average of 2 touchdowns per game in the first half – that was the most in the league.
- Jackson finished the first half with just 2 carries for 1 yard. After the break, he immediately set a run of 25 meters. It was the result of a reading option where he loudly Next Generation Statistics ran a total of 59.8 meters.
- With the loss, Brady is two games under .500 for the first time in his 23-year career as a starter.
- It was the third consecutive loss for the Bucs and thus for Tom Brady. The last time that happened to him was in 2002 when the Patriots lost four games in a row. There are exactly 302 games between these two three-game bust streaks. This is by far the longest streak between two such negative runs for a quarterback in NFL history. Rank 2? Joe Montana with 155 games in between.
The star of the game: Isaiah Likely (Tight End, Ravens)
With the early failure of Mark Andrews, Lamar Jackson had to look for a new top receiver – he found him in Rookie Likely. Probably had the best game of his young career, throwing 77 yards (6 rec) and one touchdown. Plus, he put the crucial block on Duvernay’s jet sweep touchdown in the fourth quarter. And he also finished with his recovery from the onside kick. An all round successful breakout performance from the rookie.
The Flop of the Match: Violation (Businessers)
It wouldn’t do the case justice to pick just one. Brady’s passes were sometimes short, sometimes mistimed, and he has a huge influence on playcalls. The same goes for offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich, who returned to the ineffective grind of recent weeks after a strong start. And then there were receivers like Mike Evans who didn’t always show the best hands. Slowly in Tampa you have to ask yourself if the path you have taken is the right one.
Analysis: Buccaneers vs. Ravens – the tactics board
After the initial success, the Bucs found a good way to keep Mark Andrews’ circles tight. They covered him with a linebacker (David) and a safety (Neal) especially on 3rd down and eliminated him that way. Since Andrews had to pass injured then, of course we will never know if the Ravens would have found an answer to that. He probably didn’t get much attention after that and used his space.
The Bucs got off to a refreshingly progressive start with their playcalls, starting with some passes in early downs. More importantly, they used game action, and not just for shots. But why they stopped doing it again in the first quarter is likely to remain their secret. Also, after the first few good runs, they went back to the old routine of early descents, unsurprisingly digging deep holes that they rarely found anymore.
The Bucs attack, which was smooth at times with high tempo and quick passes (fencing on Godwin), also stalled as the Ravens then put Marlon Humphrey in the groove and covered Godwin more effectively.
The cure for Ravens’ terrifying one-dimensional attack, which barely got going before the break, was the classic against Lamar Jackson – lots of blitzes! And the QB was effective, throwing a lot of inaccurate passes or sacks. After the break, more and more use was made of the ground game, so that the Ravens attack started again.