Ravens improve to 8-6, defeat Bucs 20-12

Tampa Bay Buccaneers v Baltimore Ravens
Posted at 7:49 PM, Dec 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-16 22:49:31-05

BALTIMORE (WMAR) — The Ravens have inched closer to securing a playoff spot, after a Sunday win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at M&T Bank Stadium.

With veteran quarterback Joe Flacco active and healthy, rookie Lamar Jackson made his fifth career start, throwing for 131-yards and a touchdown while also rushing for an additional 95-yards.

Under Jackson, the team is now 4-1. He has rushed for at least 65-yards in each of his starts.

Jackson and the Ravens offense got off to somewhat of a slow start. They were held scoreless in the first quarter, trailing 6-0. Tampa Bay scored a touchdown, but failed to execute an extra point.

In the second quarter, the Ravens took a one point lead following a 5-yard touchdown pass to Chris Moore. Tampa Bay quickly responded with a field goal to retake the lead. It didn't last long however, as Justin Tucker kicked a field goal to send the Ravens into halftime up by one.

Baltimore would add to their lead to open up the games second half with a Gus Edwards 10-yard rushing touchdown. In total Edwards ran for 104-yards, his third game this season in which he surpassed the 100-yard plateau.

Tampa Bay never regained the lead, as the Ravens continued on to a 20-12 victory.

Now at 8-6 on the season, Baltimore maintains it's place as the sixth seed in the AFC Wild Card. Due to the Steelers' victory against the Patriots, the Ravens remain in second place in the AFC North Division.

Now down to their final two regular season games, the Ravens will head west to Los Angeles for a Saturday night match up against the 11-3 Chargers who currently hold the fifth seed in the AFC.