Ravens ground out 20-12 win over Bucs
BALTIMORE — The Bucs' second straight losing season came into view through heavy raindrops Sunday afternoon in Baltimore with a Tampa Bay defense spending most of the day chasing Ravens' quarterback Lamar Jackson around a muddy track at M&T Bank Stadium.
Facing a Ravens team playing for its playoff fortune, the Bucs came to Baltimore playing for their futures.
And in a 20-12 loss to the Ravens, the Bucs were handed their ninth loss of the season, sealing back-to-back losing campaigns and further putting head coack Dirk Koetter, his staff and the front office’s future in Tampa Bay into question.
Ravens running out the clock on what will be a 20-12 win over the Bucs.
Welp. Gus Edwards bursts through a huge hole in the Bucs defense to pick up 26 yards and a first down at the Bucs 7 at the two-minute warning.
Marlon Humphrey breaks up pass intended for Chris Godwin, and the Ravens take over on downs.
Bucs go for it on fourth-and-4 from the Ravens 33 with 7:12 to play.
Ouch. Brandon Williams drops Barber behind the line of scrimmage for a 3-yard loss.
Six-yard run by Peyton Barber sets up third-and-1.
Bucs, down by 8, get the ball back at their 39 with 11:22 still to play.
Jackson pressured by Carl Nassib and throws the ball away. He’s flagged for intentional grounding, and the Ravens will have to punt. 17-yard loss on the play, and a huge stop for the Bucs defense.
Willie Snead reception gets the Ravens close to the first-down marker, but an illegal shift penalty will push the Ravens back out of field-goal position. It’s 3rd-and-19.
Uh-oh. Marlon Humphrey intercepts Jameis Winston, and the Ravens get the ball right back.
Justin Tucker converts from 35 yards, and Baltimore leads, 20-12, early in the fourth quarter.
Cairo Santos is good from 27 yards out, and the Bucs trim the Ravens lead to 17-12 with 5:43 left in the third.
Winston’s pass for Chris Godwin on third down is incomplete, and the Bucs will try a field goal.
Gus Edwards runs behind a double-team block for a 10-yard touchdown, and the Ravens extend their lead to 17-9.
Lamar Jackson picks up 22 yards inside the Bucs 15.
Bucs trail Ravens, 10-9, at halftime
BALTIMORE — Weather has been a major factor today in rain-soaked Baltimore as the Bucs trail the Ravens 10-9 following an ugly first half at M&T Bank Stadium.
The Ravens took the lead going into halftime on Justin Tucker's 24-yard field goal attempt with nine second left in the first half.
On that drive, the Ravens moved quickly down the field as quarterback Lamar Jackson completed five of six passes for 46 yards.
The Bucs connected on a 21-yard field goal from Cairo Santos with 1:50 left in the half, a score that was set up by Jameis Winston's 64-yard pass completion to Mike Evans on third-and-20.
Other than that play, the Bucs' top-ranked passing offense has done little in the rain. Winston had just 38 yards passing before that play.
Justin Tucker’s 24-yard field goal attempt is good. Ravens go back ahead, 10-9, with 9 seconds left in the half.
With Lavonte David holding him by the ankles, Jackson throws out of bounds.
Jackson goes back to Snead, who picks up 5 yards over the middle. It’s now third-and-5 from the 6.
Ravens quickly move downfield, and Jackson hits Willie Snead for 28 yards to the Bucs 11.
Cairo Santos converts from 21 yards, and the Bucs re-take the lead, 9-7, with 1:48 remaining in the half.
Winston’s third-down pass is tipped, and the Bucs will try for a field goal.
Peyton Barber picks up 7 yards to the 4.
Oh, my! A scrambling Winston completes a deep pass to Mike Evans on third-and-20, and a facemask penalty on Jimmy Smith moves the ball to the Ravens 11.
Winston hits Godwin for 16 yards on a slant pattern, but the gain is nullified by a holding penalty on Ryan Jensen. Bucs now facing 2nd-and-29.
Chris Moore takes a flip pass from Jackson and scores from 5 yards out, putting the Ravens on the scoreboard. Justin Tucker’s PAT puts Baltimore ahead, 7-6, with just under 4 minutes remaining in the half.
Lavonte David brings down Jackson three yards behind the line of scrimmage.
Jackson gets the first down and then some up the middle. First-and-goal at the 2.
Jackson appears to be short diving for the first down on third-and-1 from the Bucs 7.
Jackson pushed out of bounds after a 6-yard gain to the 10.
The penalty comes back to haunt the Bucs, as Jackson hits Willie Snead over the middle for 14 yards and a first down at the Bucs 16.
Twelve-men-on-the-field penalty against the Bucs makes it a more manageable third-and-10.
Jackson throws incomplete, and it’s now third-and-15 for the Ravens.
Chris Moore trapped behind the line of scrimmage on a reverse, and Riley Bullough brings him down for a loss of 5.
Gus Edwards picks up the first down.
Jackson scrambles to within a yard of a first down at the Bucs 36.
Lamar Jackson underthrows an open Mark Andrews on a deep ball, as Andrews slips to the turf.
Edwards picks up another Ravens first down on third-and-1.
Ravens quickly on the move, as Kenneth Dixon runs for 17 yards to the Baltimore 44 on a counter play.
Touchdown, Bucs! Barber powers up the middle for a 3-yard score. But the extra-point snap goes off the hands of holder Bryan Anger, and the Bucs settle for a 6-0 lead early in the second quarter.
Winston throws incomplete for Humphries in the back of the end zone, but Marlon Humphrey called for defensive holding, giving the Bucs a first down.
Barber picks up 4 yards up the middle, and now it’s third-and-goal from the 6.
Peyton Barber carries for 10 yards to the Ravens 10.
Winston’s back-shoulder throw to Mike Evans picks up 23 yards and the first down as the first quarter comes to an end.
Short reception and run by Peyton Barber on first and second down brings up third-and-5.
Wow! Jackson mishandles shotgun snap, and Lavonte David recovers for the Bucs at their 49.
Jackson scrambles for 9 yards and a Ravens first down.
Jackson throws over the middle to Willie Snead on 3rd-and-3 for a Ravens first down near midfield.
Lamar Jackson carries for the first time and is pushed out of bounds after a short gain.
Marlon Humphrey breaks up pass for Cameron Brate. Bryan Anger comes on to punt.
Bucs facing third-and-8 after 3-yard reception by Humphries.
Peyton Barber bounces outside for 11 yards to the Bucs 25 on third-and-9.
Riley Bullough drops what would have been an interception, forcing a Ravens punt.
Pass interference penalty on Brent Grimes against John Brown gives the Ravens a first down.
Winston throws to Adam Humphries, but the completion is 5 yards short of a first down. Bucs will punt.
A scrambling Winston throws off the hands of Evans' hands, the second drop by a Bucs receiver. It brings up third-and-10.
Winston throws deep for Mike Evans, but pass is incomplete.
Winston picks up the first down on a quarterback sneak.
A 4-yard Barber run brings up third-and-1.
Bucs start their second drive just like the first, and Peyton Barber picks up 5 yards on the ground.
Bucs defense holds, and the Ravens will punt the ball right back.
C.J. Mosley sacks Winston, and the Bucs will be forced to punt.
After a drop by Chris Godwin, Jameis Winston hits Mike Evans for a 7-yard gain. Now third-and-3.
Peyton Barber goes 15 yards on a counter play, and the Bucs are quickly out to midfield.
Bobo Wilson with a nice kick return out to the Bucs 35.
Bucs will be without Adarius Taylor
Bucs linebacker Adarius Taylor will not play in today’s road game against the Baltimore Ravens. He is with his wife, Kristen, who is expecting the couple’s first child in Tampa today.
Taylor, who has taken over starting middle linebacker duties since Kwon Alexander suffered a season-ending torn ACL, did not travel with the team to Baltimore on Saturday.
Being without Taylor is especially significant this week as the Bucs face a Ravens offense that has logged 910 rushing yards over the last four games, which is the most by any NFL team in a four-game span since the Broncos in 2011.