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Baltimore Ravens Rest of The Season Predictions

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Baltimore Ravens Performance and rest of season predictions

The Baltimore Ravens managed to climb to 4-3 on Sunday as they managed to defeat the Cleveland Browns 23-20 in a game that had a rather tense finish to it. They will now be preparing for a short week, heading to Florida, where they will take on Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday Night Football.

Indeed, they will feel confident ahead of the trip after being able to bounce back with a win against a fierce AFC North rival, but have their performances actually provided them with something to be confident about? Or will they still need to be better when they hit the road this week and for the remainder of the season?

Ravens record victory against rivals but still look shaky

As mentioned, the Ravens had managed to bounce back from another fourth-quarter defeat in the 2022 NFL season this week when they had managed to defeat the Cleveland Browns at the M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday. However, there is no denying there were thoughts of “here we go again” ringing around the stadium, even by those that make NFL picks continuously.

The home side were leading by a double-digit score once again inside the fourth after Justin Tucker put the ball through the uprights; however, the Browns came straight back as they managed to score a touchdown before the next offensive drive saw the Ravens fumble the ball in the red zone. Nonetheless, they then managed to survive and hold out for the win.

Indeed, the three defeats already suffered this season have all come in the fourth quarter, despite holding leads that the team would normally have expected to see. Therefore, you can forgive those that were holding their breath the longer the quarter went on.

Notwithstanding, though, the game did highlight some positives for the Ravens, with many of them something that John Harbaugh and his coaching staff can be happy with. For instance, players such as Gus Edwards and Justin Houston have started to return to playing following injuries to have been sustained, thus giving the team something a little extra on the field. Both were impressive in the game against the Browns on Sunday, with each of them playing a stellar role for the franchise.

Ravens set to go up against the Bucs

Many around Maryland and those that support the Ravens nationally and internationally will have been pleased that the team could finally hold out and get the win, as it kept them tied for the lead in the AFC North with the Cincinnati Bengals, while also beating a divisional rival in the process.

However, others may have been pleased with the win as it comes ahead of the Thursday Night Football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a franchise that has the GOAT Tom Brady leading the team, no less.

Indeed, the win against the Browns may have provided fans in the home state of this team with an added element of belief and confidence about their team’s chances of winning, with some perhaps thinking about placing a potential wager on the upcoming game.

We have already seen NFL odds in BetRivers Maryland’s sportsbook offering made available for the upcoming clash. With the result in the last game as well as a solid performance, many may want to try and take advantage of the odds provided.

However, given the recent result that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers had – a 21-3 loss to the Carolina Panthers – some may think twice, as they will know the Ravens are going to need to be at their all-time best.

This is because it is possible to expect Brady and co to come out fighting after being embarrassed, and we all know that an angry TB12 could be dangerous for any defense in the NFL.

What does the rest of the season look like for the Ravens?

Those keeping a close eye on the Ravens’ schedule will know that the game against the New Orleans Saints on Monday Night Football follows the Bucs, thus making for another two difficult contests before the BYE Week that finally comes for the team in Week 10.

Baltimore will want to ensure they are in a good position when they head into that BYE, with the franchise will likely want to enter it as a 6-3 team rather than any other record. As mentioned, they are currently tied with the Bengals in their division. If last year’s Super Bowl finalists can continue to improve, the Ravens will want to be toe-to-toe with them, especially as they play them in Week 18 of the 2022 NFL season – the final game of the regular season.

Of course, between now and then, the team has games against their other AFC North rivals, with back-to-back road games to be played against the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cleveland Browns in Week 14 and 15, respectively, while they will also host the Steelers at the M&T Bank Stadium in Week 17, too.

With this in mind, there is a lot that could still potentially happen for Harbaugh’s side between now and then, with the divisional games perhaps the most important at times due to how they can impact the standings, thus potentially determining whether they are able to qualify for the postseason.

Moreover, with the Ravens currently so unpredictable given that they continue to look rather fragile when it comes down to their fourth-quarter play, it can be rather difficult to predict where Lamar Jackson and the team end up once the regular season comes to an end.

Final Thoughts

To best summarize the Ravens’ performances this season, one might use the analogy of it being like a rollercoaster, as several ups and downs are already experienced. There are several important games that are still left to be played, though. Still, with how shaky Harbaugh’s team have been through the first seven weeks, anything can happen and guessing what might happen by the time the end of the season is perhaps something only a really confident person may want to do.

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