The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a Prime Time match-up on Monday Night Football. The Bucs will host the disgruntled Pittsburgh Steelers, a team desperate for a win.
The 2-0 Tampa Bay Buccaneers are sailing at flank speed after upsetting the super bowl champs in a 27-21 victory. The Steelers are 0-1-1 and their season is already at a crossroads. Both teams have top ranked offenses with struggling defenses. It has the potential to be exactly what the NFL wants on a Monday night. But will the Steelers right the ship or can the Buccaneers make them walk the plank? Here are the two key match-ups the Bucs must win to become 3-0.
Buccaneers Rushing Attack vs the Steelers Run Defense
The Buccaneers has the league’s top ranked offense while the Steelers has the 25th ranked defense. The Bucs have displayed an array of big plays in the passing attack through the first two games that deserve attention. Expect Steelers head coach, Mike Tomlin, to put extra resources in coverage to neutralize Bucs big play ability.
On the other hand, the Steelers run defense come into week two ranked 30th in the NFL. Although the Bucs have the 27th ranked rushing attack, Peyton Barber should have a big night. Because of the fear of big play through the air and trouble stopping the run, don’t be shocked if you see Ronald Jones dressed.
Steelers WRs vs Buccaneers secondary.
The Buccaneers defense have allowed almost 377 yards per game through the air and the Steelers have the second best passing attack. That’s not good news for Tampa Bay. JuJu Smith Schuster is the team leading receiver and Antonio Brown is arguably the leagues best at his position.
Steelers QB, Ben Roethlisberger will definitely get his yards against a young bucs’ secondary. Could the play of the wily veteran, Brent Grimes could be the difference maker? Missing two games so far because of a groin injury, this could be the first game Grimes plays this season. If he does play and can hold his own, and the Bucs’ defense can make Pittsburgh one dimensional, they should be able to force costly turnovers.
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