Can Tom Brady Turn Things Around for the Bucs?

NFL Oct 26, 2022

When Tom Brady and the Tampa bay Buccaneers host the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday night, the superstar quarterback will be looking to avoid his longest losing streak in two decades.

Tom Brady holds nearly every meaningful NFL quarterbacking record. But the task he faces on Thursday night ranks up there as one of his toughest career challenges, and potentially greatest accomplishments.

The Bucs' future Hall of Famer leads a struggling 3-4 team on a rare two-game losing streak against the 4-3 Baltimore Ravens on Thursday Night Football.

In the past few weeks, Tampa Bay lost two humiliating games -- to Pittsburgh and Carolina -- not exactly the toughest opposition. Things will be far more difficult this week versus a much better team, especially on a short week since both teams played just four days earlier.

What makes this game and the next few contests such a big deal?  Well, this could finally be the end of the Brady era, and things could get ugly.  However, it could also be the moment of a relaunch and the apex of one more season where Brady leads a team to the championship.  The Baltimore game on Thursday may tell us how Brady's final career chapter will end.

Kickoff in Tampa Bay takes place at 8:15 pm ET / 5:15 pm PT.

Here's a look at the odds at SPREADS.CA:

Key Stat:  Brady experienced 13 regular-season losing streaks of two games or more in his NFL career, including once this season.  His record in the games immediately after losing two in a row is 13-1.

Prediction (powered by Pointspreads.ca):

SPREADS.CA lists the Buccaneers as -1 point favourites along with a betting total of 45.5.

Betting the side all comes down to how much faith we have in Brady's ability to get better pass protection and motivate his receiver corps to step up their game. The Bucs' stout defence has been just fine. It's the weak and inconsistent offense that's still a question mark.

Let's also note that Baltimore hasn't dominated anyone in more than a month, losers of 3 of their last 4 games. Baltimore has been shaky stopping the run and has committed multiple ill-timed turnovers. While Baltimore enjoys the superior W-L record, this team also has many holes to fill.

It's rare to see any Tom Brady team playing at home laying this low a number. The short week should also help the home team. Finally, there's more desperation for the Bucs to win this week, and we think – they will.

Our prediction is -- Tampa Bay 27-Baltimore 20.

2022 NFL WAGERING RECORD (ALL PICKS POSTED HERE AT POINTSPREADS.CA)

58  Wins

32  Losses

0  Pushes

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