Thursday night has produced some unspectacular NFL games this season, but that won’t be the case in Week 8. In the Week 8 edition of Thursday Night Football, Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers welcome Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens as both squads look to return to Super Bowl-contending form.
This star-studded matchup makes for a fun opportunity to wager on player props and anytime touchdown scorer bets. However, it may be hard to pick one with confidence, given the inconsistency and plethora of injuries surrounding both teams. Luckily, we have you covered with a few bets that are worth looking into.
Baltimore Ravens vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Odds
The Bucs are coming off their worst loss of the season (21-3 against the Carolina Panthers) and must now host Baltimore on a short week.
Even as the home team, Tampa – priced between +100 and +110 on the moneyline as of Wednesday morning – is a 1.5-point underdog against the volatile Ravens, who lay odds between -118 and -130.
The Over/Under total for this contest is between 45 to 45.5 points, depending on the sportsbook. Here are current point spreads, moneylines, and totals from legal US sports betting apps.
Player Props, TD Scorer Bets for TNF Week 8
Gus Edwards Over 46.5 Rushing Yards (-109, Caesars), Anytime TD Scorer (+155, BetMGM)
Against the Cleveland Browns last week, Gus Edwards turned 16 carries into 66 yards and two touchdowns in his first game since 2020. He was the clear lead back for the Ravens with JK Dobbins on injured reserve and is poised for another lead role in a run-heavy offense.
Tampa Bay’s now-penetrable rush defense has given up at least 151 yards on the ground in three of its last four matchups. It allows the second-highest red zone touchdown percentage to opposing offenses (76.5%), so one trip inside the red zone may be enough for Edwards to score.
Averaging 5.2 yards per carry for his career, Gus the Bus is a tough runner who can easily top 46.5 rushing yards and run for a TD with double-digit carries.
Chris Godwin Over 71.5 Receiving Yards (-115, DraftKings)
The injury gods have been haunting this Tampa receiving corps all season, and that is especially true in Week 8. Mike Evans tweaked his ankle and shoulder last Sunday. Tight end Cameron Brate’s neck injury that he suffered in Week 6 is still bothering him. Russell Gage exited last game with a hamstring injury and has until Thursday to get right. Julio Jones has been shelved for the past three games.
That leaves Chris Godwin, who weirdly enough, is the team’s healthiest pass catcher despite having just returned from an ACL tear.
There’s a good chance that some Bucs receivers will sit out Thursday’s contest, leaving Godwin with more opportunities to rack up yards. He’s topped his Week 8 receiving prop total just once this season, but the matchup is excellent (Baltimore ranks 26th in pass defense and has its own share of injuries in the secondary).
Also read: NFL Week 8 Odds
Tom Brady Under 1.5 Passing Touchdowns (+115, DraftKings & BetMGM)
Playing at arguably the lowest level of his career, Brady has just one game this season in which he’s thrown more than one passing touchdown. In that game, he threw 52 passes.
Baltimore’s defense has a similar story to tell this season. Aside from six passing touchdowns thrown by Tua Tagovailoa in a wild Week 2 shootout, the Ravens have held four of five opposing offenses to under two passing touchdowns.
Throw in the fact that Brady is bereft of offensive weapons, and we’re looking at yet another one-touchdown performance by the Buccaneers quarterback.
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