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    Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    Buccaneers Host the Winless Steelers


    The Pittsburgh Steelers and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers meet on Monday Night Football to end Week 3 of the NFL Season. Raymond James Stadium will host the primetime affair. Kickoff is set for 8:15 pm EST.

    Oddsmakers opened the Steelers as -2.5-point favorites versus the Buccaneers, while the game’s total opened at 49.5. The line is now Tampa Bay as a 1.5-point favorite. The total is up to 54.5.

    It has hardly been a smooth start for the Pittsburgh Steelers. They have yet to crack the win column, and have a fractured clubhouse to boot.The team has been embroiled in controversy swirling around the team’s top offensive playmakers.

    The Steelers will face a red-hot quarterback for the second time in as many weeks. Ryan Fitzpatrick is as hot as they come. Last week they faced Patrick Mahomes who had a field day.

    Star running back Le’Veon Bell continues to be a holdout for Pittsburgh. THEN All-Pro wide receiver Antonio Brown caused a stir for being a no-show one day after last week’s 42-37 home loss to Kansas City.

    Buccaneers quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick is the first player to open the season with consecutive 400-yard, four-touchdown performances.


    The Steelers Have to Fix the Defense


    The Steelers are 0-1-1 to start the season. Despite the absence of Bell and Brown’s brief walkout, Pittsburgh’s biggest issues are on the other side of the ball.The defense is a far cry from a “Steel Curtain”.

    The Steelers failed to protect a 14-point, fourth-quarter lead en route to a tie at Cleveland in the season opener. Then they were carved up by Kansas City and quarterback Patrick Mahomes. He threw for 326 yards and six touchdowns in Sunday’s shootout.

    Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger rebounded from a five-turnover debacle in Week 1. He did this by throwing for 452 yards and three scores last weekend. JuJu Smith-Schuster hauled in 13 passes for 121 yards and a TD.

    Running back James Conner was limited to 17 yards on eight carries last week. He rumbled for 135 and two touchdowns in Week 1.

    Brown had nine catches in each of the first two contests this year. He has 70 receptions and seven TDs in his last eight games versus NFC foes.


    Fitzpatrick is Playing Lights Out for Buccaneers


    The Buccaneers are 2-0 on this young NFL season. Fitzpatrick was supposed to simply mind the store while starting quarterback Jameis Winston was serving a three-game suspension. All he has done is throw for eight touchdowns and a league-high 819 yards. The job is his – for now.

    Mike Evans has been the favorite target of Fitzpatrick with 17 catches for 230 yards and two scores.

    Tampa Bay‘s defense received a boost when defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul and cornerback Brent Grimes were full participants in Friday’s practice.

    Fitzpatrick is bidding to become the first QB in NFL history with at least 400 passing yards in three straight games.

    PREDICTION: Steelers 30, Buccaneers 26

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    Recent Form
    Pittsburgh 0-1-1 0-2 29.00 31.50 -2.5 0-1 0-1 2-0 1-0 1-0
    Tampa Bay 2-0 2-0 37.50 30.50 7 1-0 1-0 2-0 1-0 1-0



    Power Stats



    Yards Per Point
    PIT 16.33 12.32 4.01
    TB 12.87 14.54 -1.67



    Yards Per Pass
    PIT 12.18 12.42 -0.24
    TB 16.88 10.46 6.42



    Yards Per Rush
    PIT 4.00 4.83 -0.83
    TB 2.72 3.62 -0.9



    Team Records

    Pittsburgh Steelers
    Overall 0-1-1 0-1 0-0-1 0-2 0-1 0-1 29.00 31.50 -2.50
    vs Conf 0-1-1 0-1 0-0-1 0-2 0-1 0-1 29.00 31.50 -2.50
    vs Div 0-0-1 0-0 0-0-1 0-1 0-0 0-1 21.00 21.00 0.00
    Last 3 0-1-1 0-1 0-0-1 0-2 0-1 0-1 29.00 31.50 -2.50

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    Overall 2-0 1-0 1-0 2-0 1-0 1-0 37.50 30.50 7.00
    vs Conf 2-0 1-0 1-0 2-0 1-0 1-0 37.50 30.50 7.00
    vs Div 1-0 0-0 1-0 1-0 0-0 1-0 48.00 40.00 8.00
    Last 3 2-0 1-0 1-0 2-0 1-0 1-0 37.50 30.50 7.00

    Supergrid
    Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense 29.00 9 30.50 27
    Awy Team Road Passing vs Home Team Home Passing Defense 313.00 7 321.00 23
    Away Team Road Rushing vs Home Team Home Rushing Defense 159.00 3 91.00 8
    Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense 37.50 2 31.50 28
    Hme Team Home Passing vs Away Team Road Passing Defense 393.00 3 150.00 4
    Home Team Home Rushing vs Away Team Road Rushing Defense 43.00 24 177.00 27
    Head To Head Summary
    Pittsburgh 4-2 4-2 2-4 19.83 127.33 4.09 24.50 63.27 186.50 313.83 2.17
    Tampa Bay 2-4 2-4 2-4 12.67 88.33 3.56 36.00 56.02 197.50 285.83 2.00

    Head To Head Detail
    Sep 28, 2014 TB PIT 27-24 63 287 350 1 85 305 390 1
    Sep 26, 2010 PIT TB 38-13 201 186 387 2 75 228 303 2
    Dec 3, 2006 TB PIT 3-20 110 144 254 4 76 191 267 1
    Dec 23, 2002 PIT TB 17-7 94 233 327 1 74 203 277 3
    Oct 21, 2001 PIT TB 17-10 220 124 344 3 64 214 278 1
    Dec 13, 1998 PIT TB 3-16 88 80 168 5 144 109 253 1
    Dec 24, 1989 PIT TB 31-22 0 0
    Oct 30, 1983 TB PIT 12-17 0 0
    Nov 9, 1980 PIT TB 24-21 0 0
    Dec 5, 1976 TB PIT 0-42 0 0

    NFL Betting Odds & Trends

    Team Last 5 Games Pittsburgh Steelers
    Sep 16, 2018 KC 37-42 L -4/52.5 L/O 33 442 475 127 322 449 -1 H
    Sep 9, 2018 CLE 21-21 T -3.5/41 L/O 159 313 472 177 150 327 5 A
    Jan 14, 2018 JAC 42-45 L -7/40.5 L/O 83 462 545 164 214 378 2 H
    Dec 31, 2017 CLE 28-24 W -5/38.5 L/O 124 224 348 102 272 374 0 H
    Dec 25, 2017 HOU 34-6 W -9/45.5 W/U 104 226 330 176 51 227 -2 A
    Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    Sep 16, 2018 PHI 27-21 W 3/46.5 W/O 43 393 436 91 321 412 0 H
    Sep 9, 2018 NO 48-40 W 10/49.5 W/O 112 417 529 43 432 475 -2 A
    Dec 31, 2017 NO 31-24 W 6/50 W/O 110 345 455 92 231 323 2 H
    Dec 24, 2017 CAR 19-22 L 10/46.5 W/U 66 326 392 115 140 255 2 A
    Dec 18, 2017 ATL 21-24 L 7/49.5 W/U 84 289 373 201 209 410 1 H




    Next up:
    Pittsburgh home to Baltimore Sunday, September 30
    Tampa Bay at Chicago Sunday, September 30

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