Baltimore Ravens vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Game Preview


On paper, the 2014 Baltimore Ravens have their weakest schedule in six years, and the easy teams begin with Tampa Bay. The Bucs have been the laughingstock of the NFL ever since they won the Super Bowl in 2002. The main reason that they have been so unsuccessful is because they have failed to find a franchise quarterback.

The Bucs aren’t the only team that has had such a problem over the last decade. Teams such as the Cleveland Browns and the Jacksonville Jaguars have also had trouble finding a legit quarterback — thus the reason why they have all been the three worst teams in the league over the last ten or so years.

This year, the Bucs might have found their best option since 2002 with Mike Glennon. He’s not spectacular, and he will never be a star in the NFL, but he looks far more impressive than anyone the Bucs were able to place under center in the past.

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He participated in over half the season last year, showing great efficiency while throwing for 2,608 yards, 19 touchdowns, and nine interceptions with a passer rating of 83.9. In two of the three games he played in this season, he held a passer rating of 91 or better. He has shown great efficiency and solid play, which is something that the Bucs have failed to find out of a quarterback.

Even with this occurring, they still obviously aren’t a very scary team. They currently hold a record of 1-4 and still have the reputation of being the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The Ravens shouldn’t worry about reputation though. They have played in a number of “trap games” over the years, and this one has all the makings of being just that.

It will be interesting to see how this struggling Ravens secondary performs against Vincent Jackson, who is the Bucs number one receiver. It will be a test for the Ravens, and it’s one that I think they will pass.