The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are looking to dig themselves out of an early-season hole as they face the Baltimore Ravens at home.
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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have had a rough start to the season, and they fell to 1-4 with a 37-31 overtime loss to the New Orleans Saints. They would be 0-5 if it weren’t for a last-second touchdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
They have moved on with Mike Glennon as their starting quarterback since Josh McCown injured his hand. He has looked solid and has given the offense more life than it had when McCown was leading it.
However, running back Doug Martin has posted pedestrian numbers. He was held to 45 yards on 14 carries and was unable to reach the end zone after finding it against the Steelers.
Wide receiver Vincent Jackson looked like his old self again though, as he caught eight passes for 144 yards. The receiving corps may receive an added bonus with Mike Evans on track to possibly return from a groin injury.
Meanwhile, the Ravens are looking to get back on track following a loss to the Indianapolis Colts that sunk their record to 3-2. Quarterback Joe Flacco was held to zero touchdowns, and he threw an interception.
However, Flacco will have a vulnerable Buccaneers pass defense that ranks 30th in the NFL to take advantage of. The Ravens also have a weak pass defense though, but their run defense makes up for it. If their eighth-ranked run defense can hold tight, it will be more than enough to beat a weak Buccaneers team.
Prediction: Ravens 27, Buccaneers 17