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Schwartz’s Trench Report: What I’m Betting in Buccaneers-Ravens

Dec 16, 2018 6:15 AM EST

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  • Former NFL lineman Geoff Schwartz offers his best Week 15 NFL bet based on the battles up front.
  • He has a team total in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' matchup against the Baltimore Ravens.

After correctly forecasting the Ravens to cover in last week’s matchup against the Chiefs, it’s back to the well for another bet featuring Baltimore.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Baltimore Ravens

  • Spread: Ravens -7.5
  • Over/Under: 46.5
  • Time: 1 p.m. ET
  • TV: FOX

The Ravens have decided to ride with Lamar Jackson as their starter for the time being. Joe Flacco is healthy and will be a backup for the first time in his career.

I’ve said this before — including in last week’s trench report — but the Ravens offense isn’t a long term success story. The Ravens have transitioned to a run-first offense, something you’d see on college football Saturdays. They use the pistol and have a variety of zone reads, quarterback runs and old school power running schemes.

Their goal is moving the chains without having to rely on Jackson’s arm. And guess why it’s working?