4. Will the Baltimore Ravens dominate the treches?
We already noted that Odafe Oweh is the only one of the Ravens' defensive linemen who has a serious issue in the trench battle. The Houston Texans will have backups at left guard, center, and right tackle.
Even at left guard, Shaq Mason is getting up there in age, and you have to wonder if he is his point, especially after the Bucs were so quick to move on for such a cheap offer. So, the Baltimore Ravens do not just need to win in the trenches; they need to dominate this game.
Michael Pierce has not been healthy in recent years, we need to see that he is back. Travis Jones is ready for a year two breakout, and the Ravens needto see it against a bad center. Justin Madubuike is playing for a new contract, while Broderick Washington just got a new one. Both have chances for big games.
Jadeveon Clowney now gets off on the right foot with the Ravens because he will draw a backup right tackle, and David Ojabo should mix in against a backup as well. Both of them could really use this matchup to get off on the right foot. At the same time, if anyone mentioned struggles, you have to wonder why and whether they can be relied on when the matchups get tougher.