Steelers at Buccaneers: Key Matchups
Hey! Hey! Tampa Bay! The Bucs Know How to Shine, through two weeks our fight song is proving, because these Bucs surely are shining!
Coming off another very impressive win, this time over the defending super bowl champions, the Buccaneers are 2-0. The Bucs are one of seven 2-0 teams and they will have the unique opportunity this week to show the world just how legit they are, as the Steelers come to town for a Monday nightFootball showdown. The Steelers are a perineal Super Bowl contender and prove to be another tough matchup for the Bucs, with that being said let’s get into some key matchups that could prove pivotal for a Bucs 3-0 start.
TB’s Passing Game vs Pit’s Defensive Backs
While this is in no way an even matchup on paper and should favor the Bucs heavily this is a matchup that must be taken advantage of and the Bucs need to have another dominant day passing. Coming off back to back incredible performances from Ryan Fitzpatrick and this receiving core, this should be the weakest secondary they have faced. The secondary featuring guys like Joe Haden, Artie Burns, Sean Davis, and Morgan Burnett has been suspect at best to this point in the season. Last week Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes completed 23 passes on 28 attempts while racking up 326 yards and a jaw dropping 6 touchdowns against this secondary. Mike Evans and OJ Howard should be primed for big days as their is not a player in this secondary standing over 6”1. If Fitz(magic) can have a solid day then their should be little doubt that we will be firing the cannons all night long.
TB’s Secondary vs Pit’s Passing game
The Steelers have one of the most frightening passing game in the entire league. Most quarterbacks would succeed with targets like Antonio Brown, JuJu Smith-Schuster, and Vance McDonald, let alone the six time pro bowl quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Lucky for the Bucs they get major help this week as former all pro and top corner Brent Grimes returns after missing the first two games. There was a bit of drama this week on the Steelers end as all pro receiver Antonio Brown skipped practice on Monday. Brown did return Tuesday but you can’t help to think that it could have became a distraction in that locker room. The Steelers passing game has continued to move the ball this year as Big Ben has 787 yards through two games only trailing Ryan Fitzpatrick. Unlike Fitzpatrick Roethlisberger has turned the ball over multiple times this season as he’s thrown 3 interceptions in two games. Forcing this offense into turnover could be a huge key in slowing down this high powered offense.
While this is not necessarily a direct matchup it could be a huge factor in the game. This should be a high scoring game and leaving a couple points on the board could sway the game in either teams favor. While the kicking in Tampa does seem to be improved, I don’t know if anyone would be extremely confident kicking a make or break field goal at the end of the game. Chandler Catanzaro has made 2 of 3 field goals this season with a long of 36, while you may look at these numbers and think thats not very good but just be thankful we don’t have Roberto Auguyo or Nick Folk. Catanzaro is also 9 for 10 on PAT’s which is also improved numbers for the Bucs from last season. This is a department the Steelers have not been good in this season. Chris Boswell is 0 for 2 on field goals, and 6 for 7 on PAT’s. Getting a good game from Catanzaro would definitely provide the Bucs a sense of stability in what should be a high scoring close game.
Tampa Bay your Buccaneers are 2-0 it’s time to get proud and get loud and provide a hostile environment for our team. Let’s hope the Fitzmagic continues, and we prove to the world on ESPN Monday nightthat The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are back and here to stay. As always Fire the Cannons.