Following a heartbreaking road loss to the Chiefs in Week 14, the Ravens returned home to face the Buccaneers with much at stake. Baltimore desperately needed a victory to avoid falling behind in the playoff race and maintain their hold on the 6th seed.
While the Ravens execution was neither flawless nor pretty on either side of the ball, they ultimately made enough plays to get the job done. Lamar Jackson shook off a poor first half and Baltimore rode their dynamic rushing attack to a much-needed win.
The weather conditions were less than ideal, it was pouring rain at M&T Bank Stadium for the majority of Sunday afternoon. However, that didn't stop the Ravens from making highlights. Check out all the top plays below and vote for your favorite!
Chris Moore 5-yard touchdown reception: Moore, a former fourth-round pick, is an impactful special teams player and operates as the Ravens primary kick returner. However, he showcased his offensive abilities on Sunday, as well. His 5-yard touchdown “reception” was a catch in name only, as he received a pitch from Lamar Jackson on a designed sweep and raced into the right side of the endzone. It was a much-needed offensive spark and finally put the Ravens on the board with 4:06 remaining before halftime.
Always Moore, Never Less.— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) December 16, 2018
Touchdown @mulatto15! pic.twitter.com/LSABgR68u5
Mark Andrews 17-yard reception: Since Jackson took over as the starting quarterback, fellow rookie Mark Andrews has become one of his favorite targets. This trend continued on Sunday, as Andrews was the Ravens second-leading receiver. He made perhaps the most impressive catch of the day on either team and it came at a crucial point. Andrews used his physicality to create separation and extended to convert on third down. Jackson stood in the pocket and delivered an accurate strike to move the chains.
OKAY, @Mandrews_81❗️ pic.twitter.com/tlVbrGkpet— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) December 16, 2018
Gus Edwards 10-yard rushing touchdown: The wheels on “Gus the Bus” were once again churning all afternoon. On top of his 104 rushing yards, Edwards found the endzone from 10 yards out for the second time this season. Edwards burst through a lane created by the offensive line and bounced off a defender into the endzone. His score capped off a 10-play, 78-yard drive and extended the Ravens lead to give them some breathing room. Edwards has now eclipsed 100 yards on the ground in three of the Ravens past five games.
The wheels on the Gus Bus go to the end zone @GodsGiftGus13 pic.twitter.com/YbCwBZ56ie— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) December 16, 2018
Lamar Jackson 11-yard rush: Similar to his earlier completion to Mark Andrews seen above, Jackson came up huge on another 3rd & 7, this time with his legs. After it appeared he would take a sack with two defenders converging on him, “Action Jackson” ducked and used a spin move to scramble outside the pocket and avoid being brought down. After surveying the field, Jackson took off and juked two Tampa Bay defenders to pick up the first down. The play was somewhat negated by Kenneth Dixon’s unnecessary roughness penalty, but it was nevertheless a dynamic display of athleticism and shiftiness.
Lights, Camera, Action Jackson. @Lj_era8 pic.twitter.com/T474AeIsFe— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) December 16, 2018
Marlon Humphrey interception: Humphrey continues to emerge as a star cornerback and Pro Bowl-caliber talent, and he once again showed why on Sunday. The former Alabama product was all over the field, but came up with the biggest defensive play of the game early in the fourth quarter. Humphrey played perfect coverage on Mike Evans and jumped on a slightly underthrown pass from Jamies Winston. It was Humphrey’s first interception of the season and prevented the Buccaneers from narrowing Baltimore’s lead.
.@marlon_humphrey INT!— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) December 16, 2018
Then you gotta get the with the squad to celebrate. pic.twitter.com/X84Fgeja43
What earns your vote for "Play of the Week"?
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Chris Moore 5-yard touchdown reception
Mark Andrews 17-yard reception
Lamar Jackson 11-yard rush
Gus Edwards 10-yard rushing touchdown
Marlon Humphrey interception