The Ravens only won by a touchdown, 17-10, but they demonstrated to the Buccaneers how far they are from being a real contender.
The seven games that the Buccaneers won haven’t been from a team with a winning record. Their four loses all came from teams with a winning record. The Ravens improve to 8-3 on the season and are still undefeated at home, 5-0.
The Ravens held the Buccaneers with only a field goal until the final minutes of the game. Josh Freeman led a 13 play drive ending with a touchdown pass to Kellen Winslow. With 3:05 left in the game, the Ravens were up 17-10.
The Ravens got back the ball but never gave it back to the Buccaneers. They killed the 3:05 with three first downs all converted by Ray Rice. He had another fantastic game both on the ground and in the air. Rice rushed the ball for 85 yards and caught seven balls for 47 yards.
Joe Flacco showed Josh Freeman what it means to have an extra year under your belt. Flacco completed 25 out of 35 passes for 289 yards and two touchdowns. He also had one interception. Freeman only completed 17 out of 37 passes for 162 yards and a touchdown.
The Ravens defense held the Buccaneers under 300 yards of total offense, 263, but they didn’t create any turnovers. They didn’t allow any touchdowns until three minutes left in the fourth quarter.
The Ravens have to get over this good win quickly because they have their divisional rival, the Pittsburgh Steelers, coming into Baltimore to play on Sunday night. The Steelers share the same record as the Ravens, 8-3. The winner of this game will sit on top of their division by themselves.
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Written by Frisco Fahs