The Commish's Official Bucs-Ravens Breakdown

Each week Justin Pawlowski takes a deep look at the key matchups with the Bucs and their opponent, along with giving his official prediction.

The Bucs return home on Sunday to face the Baltimore Ravens after going 1-2 on a 3-game road trip. The Bucs are now 1-4 on the season, but seem to be getting better after beating the Steelers and taking the Saints to overtime last week.

Key Matchups

Alterraun Verner vs. Steve Smith

My guess is that Steve Smith will be angry for no good reason. Verner has been good, but not great. Steve Smith has had new life in Baltimore and has always been a thorn in the side of the Bucs.

Advantage: Ravens

Anthony Collins and Demar Dotson vs. Terrell Suggs, Elvis Dumervil, and Courtney Upshaw

While I think the Bucs have done a good job at protecting Mike Glennon, this week's test might be the toughest group of pass rushers they've faced this season. The Ravens might only have 5 total sacks on the season, but it's the pressure that these 3 pass rushers can present that might lead to some Glennon turnovers.

Advantage: Ravens

Michael Johnson vs. James Hurst

Ravens stud left tackle Eugene Monroe is out for this game with a knee injury, so rookie James Hurst gets the start. I liked Hurst coming out of North Carolina, but thought he'd be better suited as a guard, not a left tackle! This is what Michael Johnson got paid a lot of money for. He should dominate this game.

Advantage: Bucs

Vincent Jackson vs. Ladarius Webb

The Ravens are 27th in the league against the pass and Webb has not looked 100%. Vincent Jackson has come alive with Glennon at quarterback. Glennon will continue to look his way and should have success.

Advantage: Bucs

Official Prediction: Ravens win 23-17


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