Mike Glennon's progress. The second-year quarterback has played well in his two starts since veteran Josh McCown suffered a thumb injury. But the Baltimore defense might be Glennon’s biggest test yet. He needs to use his big arm to stretch the field.
The running game. This has turned into a real problem spot. The Bucs have been unable to run the ball with any consistency and that’s part of the reason why they weren’t able to protect an 11-point lead in the fourth quarter against New Orleans last week. Running back Doug Martin's numbers have been dismal. But the real blame lies with the offensive line. Martin needs some holes to run through.
The run defense. The Ravens have been running the ball well. The Bucs haven’t been great at stopping the run. But the likely return of middle linebacker Mason Foster from a three-game absence due to injury should provide a nice boost for the run defense.
Smith and Smith. Steve Smith and Torrey Smith give the Ravens two quality receivers. Torrey Smith is off to a quiet start as the Ravens have used shorter passes in coordinator Gary Kubiak’s offense. Torrey Smith is at his best as a deep threat and the Ravens could start using him that way again at any moment. Steve Smith, 35, has shown no signs of slowing down. Tampa Bay’s secondary, which has underachieved so far, needs to have a big game.
Baltimore’s secondary. This unit is not having a good season so far. The Ravens are the only team in the league without an interception from the defensive backs. Cornerback Jimmy Smith is the only defensive back playing well. That means the Bucs can go after cornerback Lardarius Webb and safeties Matt Elam and Darian Stewart.