Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Key Matchups: Buccaneers vs. Jaguars

Ryan Davis has 2.5 sacks playing out of the LEO position in Jacksonville's defense, and he will be the latest challenge for rapidly-improving rookie tackle Donovan Smith.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-3) will look for their first home win of the season on Sunday when they face the Jacksonville Jaguars (1-3) at Raymond James Stadium. Here are a few individual matchups that could play a key role in determining the outcome of this showdown between intra-state rivals:

CB Tim Jennings vs. WR Allen Robinson


Robinson leads all NFL receivers with 22 yards per catch. On 15 grabs, he has 330 yards and two scores, with six catches of 25+ yards. It'll be up to the entire Bucs secondary, led by Verner, to limit these long plays. So far this season, the Bucs have allowed just 11 receptions of 20+ yards, T-fifth fewest in the league, and just one reception of 40+ yards.

DT Gerald McCoy vs. C Stefen Wisniewski


McCoy is one of three defensive tackles to have three or more sacks this season, fighting through double-teams play after play. This week, he'll see a lot of Wisniewski and the Jaguars' guards. Wisniewski has yet to allow a sack according to Pro Football Focus, but has allowed seven hurries.

WR Mike Evans vs. CB Aaron Colvin


Evans will be looking for his first touchdown and his second 100-yard game of the year today. The Jaguars have allowed three receiving touchdowns to opposing WRs. Colvin has 16 tackles, the most of any Jaguars cornerback, to go with one sack and one tackle for loss.

OT Donovan Smith vs. DE Ryan Davis


Donovan Smith is improving each game according to the ratings on PFF. In his last two, he has allowed just one sack, one hit and two hurries. He'll likely see some of Davis, who lines up in many positions in the Jaguars front. In limited time this year (just 23.4% of the Jags' defensive snaps), Davis has 2.5 sacks, leading his team.

QB Jameis Winston vs. LB Telvin Smith


Winston continues to grow his game, this week against the NFL's 26th-ranked defense in terms of passing yards per game, but he'll have to be mindful of Smith patrolling the middle of the field. Smith is second on the team in tackles (38), plus a half a sack and four tackles for loss.

DE Jacquies Smith vs. QB Blake Bortles


After piling up three sacks in a win against the Saints, Smith hasn't gotten to the QB in the last two outings. In this contest he'll look to end that drought, going after Bortles who has been sacked eight times this year. Smith is tied for second in the league in both sacks (4) and forced fumbles (2).

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