Baltimore Ravens Favored Over Tampa Bay Buccaneers


Aug 8, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Baltimore Ravens defensive back Mo Lee (34) gets tackled by Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Najee Goode (53) and linebacker Dom DeCicco (45) during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Las Vegas odds are in for week six of the NFL season, and all outlets unanimously have the Baltimore Ravens favored over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  It’s an obvious nod to the Ravens as a team, rather than an indication of last week’s performance. While the Ravens suffered a loss on the road to the Colts in week five, the Bucs nearly pulled off an upset in New Orleans against the Saints.

The Ravens are trying to keep their heads above water at 3-2 as they head into a stretch of games dominated by road trips.  The Bucs, on the other hand, are simply trying to find an identity after starting the season 1-4.  Things haven’t exactly gone as planned for Lovie Smith in Tampa Bay, as the Bucs defense and running game have failed to do much of anything.  Starting quarterback Josh McCown has missed time with injury, but backup Mike Glennon has performed admirably in his place.

So while it may seem like a very good team taking on a very bad team this weekend, it isn’t really that simple.  The Bucs have improved greatly over the last two weeks as Glennon has been moving the offense.  The defense has improved as well since suffering a 56-17 drubbing in week three to the Falcons.  It’s part of the reason why Vegas is only giving the Ravens a 3 point advantage, rather than a confident 6 or 7 point nod.

Here is the breakdown of how each Vegas outlet predicts the outcome of Sunday’s game.

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Opening Line

Ravens -1 1/2 -10, 46u


Ravens -3 -25, 43u

Westgate Superbook

Ravens -3 -20 43u

MGM Mirage

Ravens -3 -20, 43u

William Hill

Ravens -3, 40 1/2u

Wynn LV

Ravens -3 1/2, 40 1/2u

CG Technology

Ravens -3, 41u


Ravens -3 1/2, 40 1/2u


Ravens -3 1/2, 41u

The consensus point total for Ravens/Bucs is right smack in the middle among NFL games in week four, indicating only average confidence in the outcome.  Had the Ravens managed to pull out a win in Indy last week, we might be seeing a much larger spread.  Instead, the Ravens had protection issues and could only convert 1 out of 11 first downs in what was a futile performance on offense.

Meanwhile, the Bucs have shown steady improvement over the last two weeks.  Couple that with their home field advantage, and you can see why oddsmakers are showing a little less confidence in the Ravens.  Will we see the team that dominated the Steelers and Panthers this week, or will we see the dud from weeks one and five?  Depending on which offense decides to show up, this game could go either way.  But we feel like this line will prove to be pretty accurate when it’s all said and done.