Here are national media predictions for Sunday's Ravens- Buccaneers matchup:
• SI.com's Peter King is picking the Ravens in a close one.
Ravens 24, Buccaneers 20: Funny thing about the Bucs: Fans and teams still look at them as a win on the schedule until they come to town and you're in the middle of the third quarter and trailing 14-3 and say, "Hey, what happened? Who are these guys?" So don't sleep on these Bucs, Baltimoreans.
• Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com sees Tampa Bay struggling in back-to-back road games outside the division..
Ravens 26, Buccaneers 14: The Bucs are the surprise team of the league. They are coming off a road shutout at San Francisco. That will be a lot tougher against a Ravens offense that can throw it and run it. The key here will be how well Josh Freeman plays against the Baltimore defense. I think he plays well enough, but Joe Flacco plays a little better.
• At CBSSports.com, all five analysts believe the Ravens will beat the Buccaneers.
• The Ravens are a unanimous favorite among NFL experts at ESPN.
• All four ESPN Sunday Countdown analysts pick the Ravens to top Tampa Bay.
• FanHouse.com's Dave Goldberg is predicting a 22-17 Ravens victory.
Two 7-3 teams. The Ravens are established. The Bucs are building. And the Bucs are on the road.
• Phil Simms and the rest of Showtime's Inside the NFL crew like the Ravens.
• Baltimore is the uncontested favorite among six Sporting News NFL analysts.
• LaVar Arrington of Washington Post.com forecasts a Ravens victory over the Bucs.
The Bucs are playing well but they won't win this one not on the road.
• The Sports Network's Scott Garbarini likes the Ravens' chances at home.
Ravens 24, Buccaneers 19: Bucs shouldn't be dismissed despite the lack of a signature win, but Ravens are terrific at protecting their home turf.
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