The Pittsburgh Steelers take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers down in Florida September 26th as they attempt keep their lead in the AFC North standings. The Ben Roethlisberger situation has put the Pittsburgh Steelers in a tenuous spot as they wait for him to serve his suspension.
Charlie Batch is now the quarterback of a team that is winning with defense and staying out of trouble on offense. The Pittsburgh Steelers have not shown much in the running game or the passing game but as long as their defense can hold this team together for two more weeks, Big Ben should be able to get them in line.
Running Game for Tampa Bay Buccaneers & Pittsburgh Steelers
Cadillac Williams, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers number one running back, has a history of inconsistency and he can swing a game with a monster performance. This could be a game that derails the Pittsburgh Steelers steamroll to the AFC North Division Title if Williams can drive his way to a 120 yard game and wear down the Pittsburgh Steelers defense.
Rashard Mendenhall finally busted out for a big game of 120 yards for the Pittsburgh Steelers and he can can take the pressure off of Charlie Batch in this game featuring two unbeaten teams. Mendenhall is much like Cadillac Williams when it comes to inconsistency. Mendenhall could show in this game if he is not too beat up. If he does falter don’t be surprised if rookie Jonathan Dwyer makes an appearance. Running Game edge goes to the Pittsburgh Steelers but don’t trust Mendenhall just yet.
Defenses of Tampa Bay Buccaneers & Pittsburgh Steelers Reason They Have Not Lost
Defense was not going to be the expected strong suit for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. To say the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have won their first two games with smoke and mirrors may not be far off. The defense is an unforgiving defense but the Tampa Bay defense has been giving up 300 combined yards.
Aaron Smith and Troy Polamalu have helped bring this Pittsburgh Steelers defense back to the level of a Super Bowl contender. Polamalu has energized this defense and opened up opportunities for key defenders LaMaar Woodley and James Farrior. Josh Freeman the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback will have his hands full in this game and the Pittsburgh Steelers will put the hammer down on him. Defensive edge goes to the Pittsburgh Steelers over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Pittsburgh Steelers -2.5 vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Pick Against the Spread & Final Look
The Las Vegas Hilton Superbook posted the opening line on this game at two points in favor of the Pittsburgh Steelers over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The line has since moved to the current 2.5 point spread. Another home team underdog in this peculiar game but betting against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in this spot isn’t as difficult as it may appear. Take the Pittsburgh Steelers -2.5 points over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
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