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Monday Night Football: Buccaneers Host the Steelers

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

NameRecordATSOffenseDefenseDiffATS HomeATS AwayOU RecordOU HomeOU Away
Tampa Bay2-02-037.5030.5071-01-02-01-01-0
Power Stats
Yards Per Point
Yards Per Pass
Yards Per Rush
Team Records

Pittsburgh Steelers

NameRecordHomeAwayATSATS HomeATS AwayOffenseDefenseDiff
vs Conf0-1-10-10-0-10-20-10-129.0031.50-2.50
vs Div0-0-10-00-0-10-10-00-121.0021.000.00
Last 30-1-10-10-0-10-20-10-129.0031.50-2.50

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

NameRecordHomeAwayATSATS HomeATS AwayOffenseDefenseDiff
vs Conf2-01-01-02-01-01-037.5030.507.00
vs Div1-00-01-01-00-01-048.0040.008.00
Last 32-01-01-02-01-01-037.5030.507.00


Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense29.00930.5027
Awy Team Road Passing vs Home Team Home Passing Defense313.007321.0023
Away Team Road Rushing vs Home Team Home Rushing Defense159.00391.008
Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense37.50231.5028
Hme Team Home Passing vs Away Team Road Passing Defense393.003150.004
Home Team Home Rushing vs Away Team Road Rushing Defense43.0024177.0027

Head To Head Summary

Tampa Bay2-42-42-412.6788.333.5636.0056.02197.50285.832.00

Head To Head Detail

DateAwayHomeScoreLineTotalOU ResultARYAPYATYATTHRYHPYHTYHTTAway Team AttemptsHome Team AttemptsAway Team CompletionsHome Team Completions
Sep 28, 2014TBPIT27-24632873501853053901
Sep 26, 2010PITTB38-132011863872752283032
Dec 3, 2006TBPIT3-201101442544761912671
Dec 23, 2002PITTB17-7942333271742032773
Oct 21, 2001PITTB17-102201243443642142781
Dec 13, 1998PITTB3-16888016851441092531
Dec 24, 1989PITTB31-2200
Oct 30, 1983TBPIT12-1700
Nov 9, 1980PITTB24-2100
Dec 5, 1976TBPIT0-4200

NFL Betting Odds & Trends

Team Last 5 Games

Pittsburgh Steelers

DateOpponentscoreResultlineATS Resultoffensive rush yardsoffensive passing yardsoffensive total yardsdefensive rush yardsdefensive passing yardsdefensive total yardsturnoversLocation
Sep 16, 2018KC37-42L-4/52.5L/O33442475127322449-1H
Sep 9, 2018CLE21-21T-3.5/41L/O1593134721771503275A
Jan 14, 2018JAC42-45L-7/40.5L/O834625451642143782H
Dec 31, 2017CLE28-24W-5/38.5L/O1242243481022723740H
Dec 25, 2017HOU34-6W-9/45.5W/U10422633017651227-2A

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

DateOpponentscoreResultlineATS Resultoffensive rush yardsoffensive passing yardsoffensive total yardsdefensive rush yardsdefensive passing yardsdefensive total yardsturnoversLocation
Sep 16, 2018PHI27-21W3/46.5W/O43393436913214120H
Sep 9, 2018NO48-40W10/49.5W/O11241752943432475-2A
Dec 31, 2017NO31-24W6/50W/O110345455922313232H
Dec 24, 2017CAR19-22L10/46.5W/U663263921151402552A
Dec 18, 2017ATL21-24L7/49.5W/U842893732012094101H

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

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