The Baltimore Ravens faced a must-win game on Sunday, as the team took to the gridiron to battle the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Ravens were expected to beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but Tampa Bay stayed resilient. For most of the first half, it appeared as if the Ravens fell into the trap that the Buccaneers laid for them. Baltimore looked as if they underestimated their foe, and allowed the Buccaneers to keep the game close. The offense sputtered and the defense could not hold the shutout. Through the adversity, the Ravens kept battling and refused to give up against a tougher than expected Tampa Bay Buccaneers team.
The Ravens offense led by Lamar Jackson showed signs of weakness. Jackson’s first half of play was the worst performance of his young NFL career. Jackson missed passes, tossed a dropped interception, and fumbled the ball. As a result of the poor play, Baltimore’s offense saw no progress, and the Ravens defense paid the price. Baltimore could not hold the Buccaneers forever, especially with the field position Tampa was getting as a result of the offensive turnovers. Tampa took a 9-7 lead late in the first half, but Baltimore would rally to answer it in the period.
The Ravens got their act together just before halftime. Lamar Jackson lead the team down the field to score a field goal and take a lead just before the end of the half. The Ravens would not surrender the lead after this point. On two of Baltimore’s three drives in the second half, they scored a touchdown and a field goal. The run game began to dominate, and the Ravens were able to run the clock out once they had the lead. The one-two punch of Gus Edwards and Kenneth Dixon, paired with Lamar Jackson’s spectacular rushing abilities put Baltimore over the edge and earned the Ravens the win.