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Becht: 5 Keys for Bucs vs. Ravens

Week Six is here and it's almost time for the Buccaneers to take the field at Raymond James Stadium. Yes, their record is 1-4, but that doesn't mean anything on Gameday. Their success on the field Sunday is dictated by execution, and with that being said, here are the keys to the game and matchups to watch for as the Bucs attempt to get a win over the Ravens:STEVE SMITH VS ALTERRAUN VERNER
Steve Smith, Sr. has been the fountain of youth for the Ravens offense early on in the season. The 35-year-old receiver is in the Top 5 in receiving yards in the NFL, and Joe Flacco has looked to him early and often this year. There has been some talk of the Ravens not feeding the ball to their #2, Torrey Smith. I think that's good news for the Bucs. If Flacco starts forcing the ball to Smith, the Bucs need to be ready for the turnover opportunity.C.J. MOSLEY VS BUCS O-LINE
It's way too early to call C.J. Mosley the second coming of Ray Lewis at middle linebacker, but the rookie is playing lights-out right now. The Bucs' O-line needs to secure the line of scrimmage, get to the second level of the defense, and put a helmet on the rookie. This Ravens defense is tough, nasty and stingy. There's no doubt that every yard will count, and the attitude upfront will dictate the tempo of this game. The Bucs' O-line needs to punch them in the mouth (not literally) from the first snap to the last.LAVONTE DAVID VS. JUSTIN FORSETT
This is a game where Lavonte David can explode for 12-15 tackles. There's no question Joe Flacco can throw the ball, but a Harbaugh-coached team this early in the season wants an identity; and that's to run the football. Justin Forsett will get the heaviest of the workload for the Ravens on Sunday. With Forsett averaging close to six yards a carry, Lavonte David will need to be locked-in and poised for a huge game.OWEN "THE 3RD DOWN KILLER" DANIELS
Daniels has quietly become one of Flacco's favorite targets. He's a slithery tight end that plays the position just like Carolina's Greg Olsen. He has nine catches and over 100 yards over the past two games. Whether it's the return of LB Mason Foster or using a safety, he must be accounted for by the Bucs' defense. I thought the defense played well against Jimmy Graham last week before he was injured, but failed to continue their aggressive play vs. the Saints' backups. Owen Daniels is going to get the ball on Sunday, and we can't let him be the guy who moves the chains on key 3rd downs.KEEP CLIMBING THE LADDER, GLENNON
I don't care what you call it, or how the Bucs have done it, but its all happened under the watch of Mike Glennon at quarterback. The numbers speak for themselves: the Bucs have averaged 29 points over the last two games, and Mike Glennon is a big reason for that. Quarterbacks in the NFL don't just come on the scene and enter the Hall of Fame conversation. Instead, they grow, learn, improve their craft, and soak in as much knowledge as possible. Glennon is light years ahead of where he was last year, and that's what you want to see if you're a fan. It's the 20-foot ladder of greatness. In order to get to the top you need to climb one step at a time.

Get familiar with these key opponents before the Buccaneers take on Ravens Sunday at Raymond James Stadium.

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