Mike Glennon: The second-year quarterback is starting in place of the injured Josh McCown, and that might not be a bad thing for the Bucs. They have struggled to get their offense going this season. There has been virtually no downfield passing game. But Glennon has a big arm and he might be able to find receivers Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans deep, and that could give the offense a spark.
Doug Martin: The running back is returning after missing the past two games with a knee injury. For the Bucs and Glennon to have any chance, Martin has to be able to run the ball with some consistency. He had only 9 rushing yards on nine carries in the season opener. But the offensive line has improved since then, so Martin should have a chance.
The Tampa Bay pass rush: It has been virtually non-existent so far. The Bucs have only four sacks, and that is not going to work in a Lovie Smith defense that is supposed to bring plenty of pressure from the front four. Gerald McCoy and Michael Johnson, the team’s top two pass-rushers, have been dealing with injuries. But this unit has to find a way to create more pressure on Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.