Patriots quarterbacks: The Patriots' coaching staff is still waiting for someone to emerge among New England's three backup quarterbacks after they combined for three interceptions and no touchdowns against the Ravens. Tom Brady did not make the trip to Tampa because of a sore foot.
Patriots offensive line: The Patriots' line has struggled with injuries and allowed five sacks to the Ravens on Thursday. The poor play of the offensive line contributed to the quarterback's struggles last week, and with the search for a backup quarterback ongoing, it will be something to monitor.
The Buccaneers quarterbacks: Starter Jeff Garcia recently returned to practice and may not play against the Patriots. Backups Chris Simms, Luke McCown and Brian Griese all threw well in their first preseason game and are fighting for roster spots.
The Buccaneers wide receivers: Tampa Bay has been looking for a wideout to complement Joey Galloway for several seasons. They still have yet to find such a player. The leading candidates are Michael Clayton, Antonio Bryant, Maurice Stovall and Dexter Jackson.
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