Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Free Pick, Odds, Prediction 9/28/14
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-3) at Pittsburgh Steelers (2-1)
NFL Football: Sunday, September 28, 2014 at 1:00 pm (Heinz Field)
The Line: Pittsburgh Steelers -7 -- Over/Under: 43.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: CBS HD
The Tampa Bay Bucs will be trying to right the ship on Sunday when the Bucs head to Pittsburgh to face off against the Steelers.
The PIttsburgh Steelers are sitting at 2-1 this season after victories over the Browns and the Panthers. The Steelers have one of the better backs in teh league in LeVeon Bell. Bell has put together a solid season so far, which is impressive considering that the Pitt offensive line has had troubles at times opening up lanes for him. Needless to say, the kid is one of the most important cogs of this offense. Big Ben is having another Big Ben type of season. Roethlisberger won’t put up the gaudy stats some of the other guys will, and because of his fantasy value not being overly high, Ben gets overlooked I feel at times. Roethlisberger is still one of the better quarterbacks in the league right now, and after three games he is completing better than 66 percent of his passes on the year, a number nearly anyone in this league would take. One thing that does concern me a bit about this Steeler team is their defense. Pittsburgh hasn’t given up a ton of points this season, but as a whole this unit just isn’t playing that well, especially in the secondary.
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The Tampa Bay Bucs are bad at football. Tampa is 0-3 this season and the Bucs are coming off an embarrassing loss in primetime to the Falcons. The Bucs, as you can probably imagine are ranked near the bottom of nearly every major statistical category, and honestly I don’t really see that changing anytime soon. Doug Martin is listed as questionable for this game, and with no offense to him, that is probably a good thing for the Bucs. Bobby Rainey is the backup to Martin and has played better than him the past two seasons in Martin’s absence. McCown has really struggled under center for the Bucs, and like Martin, the fact that he will likely miss this game is probably a good thing. It looks like Mike Glennon will get the start here for the Bucs, and while Glennon was far from a super star last season, the kid was serviceable and capable of making some plays downfield. Defensively this team is just bad, and if the Bucs are going to have any hope of upsetting the Steelers here on Sunday, this unit will need to win the turnover battle...by a lot.
The Steelers are getting approximately 75 percent of the tickets as of now, and the line has gone down from PItt -8 to Pitt -7.
This game is a definite no-play for me. I can see angles for both teams here, and when that happens, I run, and run fast. If I had to pick I guess I’d take the Steelers, but I really don’t feel good about it. Pitt would be my pick if you are feeling like playing a coin-flip game, but there are better options on the board here on Sunday.