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Ravens matchups to watch against the Buccaneers

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Things to pay attention to during the game.

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Steve Smith vs. Bucs DBs

Smith has 87 receptions for 1,332 yards and 5 touchdowns vs. the Buccaneers during his career. The way the Buccaneers are playing defensively, I expect him to have another big game against them.

Ravens run game vs. Bucs front seven

The Buccaneers have allowed 601 rushing yards, four teams to top 100 yards rushing, and three teams to score at least one rushing touchdown. I'd expect a big day for the Ravens run game and I'm going to be bold and say that all three Ravens RBs score against the Buccaneers.

Joe Flacco vs. Bucs secondary

The Buccaneers have allowed the likes of Derek Anderson and Austin Davis to look like Pro Bowlers. I expect Flacco to have an excellent day as well.

Ravens Pass Rush vs. Bucs offensive line

The Buccaneers can't run, which should give the Ravens pass rush the ability to focus on Mike Glennon, a task that shouldn't be terribly difficult given that his offensive line struggles to protect him.

C.J. Mosley vs. Austin Seferian-Jenkins

Jenkins is a large, talented target for Mike Glennon. Mosley, however is a big part of a Ravens defense that has only allowed 1 Touchdown to Tight Ends.

Jimmy Smith vs. Vincent Jackson/ Mike Evans

Smith will be paired up against either of these giant receivers or neither as both are questionable after being either limited or completely missing from practice.

Michael Campanaro on special teams

Marlon Brown is doubtful for Sunday's game and I doubt that the Ravens are going to continue to risk Lardarius Webb on punt returns. Campanaro impressed as a punt returner during the preseason, so he could get a shot there if not as a No. 3 option in the receiving game.