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NFL Week 8 – What To Look Forward to From This Week’s Matchups

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Mohamed Bughrara

Baltimore Ravens (5-3) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-5), Ravens win 27-22

The Buccaneers’ bright first half suddenly vanished as the club returned to their 2022 norm, enabling the Baltimore Ravens to accomplish everything they wished for offensively. It probably doesn’t help that Tampa Bay couldn’t find any offensive consistency in the last three quarters. The Buccaneers fell to 3-5 after suffering their fifth defeat in six games, falling 27-22 at home to the Baltimore Ravens.

On Thursday night, both teams sustained serious injuries. The Ravens were without receivers Rashod Bateman (foot) and Mark Andrews (shoulder) for the first three quarters and running back Gus Edwards (hamstring) for the fourth. During the second half, the Buccaneers lost linebacker Shaquil Barrett. According to NFL Media, Barrett is believed to have suffered a torn Achilles.

This was definitely a statement game by Lamar Jackson and the Ravens to the rest of the league. Watch for the Ravens to climb back atop the AFC powerhouses.

Panthers (2-5) at Falcons (3-4), 1 p.m:

It’s difficult to envision a bigger upset in this NFL season than what the Panthers did last Sunday, demolishing Tom Brady and the Bucs 21-3 with third-string quarterback P.J. Walker at the helm, an interim coach in charge, and just days after trading their finest player, RB Christian McCaffrey.

Atlanta isn’t constructed to come back from a 21-0 hole, like it faced when it played Cincinnati. It must avoid getting into a hole and preventing P.J. Walker from having a game like he had versus Tampa Bay.

Georgia Supreme Court justices appear skeptical of Athens DA’s claim of open records exemption

In an upcoming ruling, Georgia’s Supreme Court will weigh in on a claim brought by Athens-Clarke District Attorney Deborah Gonzalez, arguing that top prosecutors are exempt from the state’s open records laws. The case involves assertions that the trial court overlooked a constitutional provision in denying Gonzalez’s motion to dismiss an open records complaint, mirroring similar immunity arguments made by Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis in a separate case related to the 2020 presidential election interference.

Georgia public colleges to expand admissions testing requirements for fall 2026

Georgia colleges are reverting to requiring standardized test scores for all new applicants, signaling a shift from pandemic-era policies. Beginning in fall 2026, institutions including Augusta University, The University of Georgia, and Georgia Tech will mandate SAT or ACT scores, a decision unanimously approved by the Georgia Board of Regents.

Water-hogging data centers flagged in latest ‘Dirty Dozen’ environmental watchdog report

In its annual report released on Thursday, the Georgia Water Coalition spotlighted the detrimental effects of record economic growth on the state’s waterways, particularly in the coastal region, where a surge in state-of-the-art data centers poses a significant threat to Georgia’s rivers. The report urges urgent action from public officials and residents to advocate for policies that safeguard natural resources crucial for clean drinking water and outdoor recreation, emphasizing the need for coordinated water planning to address mounting environmental pressures.