The Pittsburgh Steelers are quite the enigma as they prepare for their Week 3 game vs. the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday Night Football. Possessing a ridiculously talented offense and a defense who surrendered 42-points in Week 2 vs. the Kansas City Chiefs, no one really knows what to think about Pittsburgh as they now face the red-hot Buccaneers.
After a 13-3 season in 2017, fans, and media alike, are waiting for the Steelers they all thought would show up, to actually arrive. Yet here we are, and the 0-1-1 Steelers are in desperate need of a big-time win.
Are Ryan Fitzpatrick and the boys the perfect elixir for what ails Pittsburgh? On paper it certainly doesn’t seem like it, but this is why we look to the NFL ‘Experts’ and see who they are taking in the upcoming contest.
If you are looking for a panel of experts who are leaning hard on the Steelers, look no further than those at ESPN. 6 of the 10 experts who submit weekly picks like the Steelers to right the ship and win their first road game of the season.
For those who enjoy a nice middle-of-the-road prediction set, CBS Sports is your site to check out. 8 experts, 4 picks the Steelers and 4 picks the Buccaneers.
Other websites who submit expert picks weren’t nearly as kind as ESPN or CBS Sports. Here at SB Nation, only 2 of the experts believe the Steelers have what it takes to win.
You might be wondering about all the other major media outlets, and websites across the world wide web, who submit weekly picks? Who do they think will win the game? This is where our friends at NFL Pick Watch come in. NFL Pick Watch is a website which takes all NFL expert picks and puts them into one easy-to-read chart.
According to NFL Pick Watch, 59-percent of experts like Tampa Bay to hold serve and move their record to 3-0, while sending the Steelers to an 0-2-1 start to the regular season.
What might be even more intriguing about this matchup is the Vegas line. The latest betting line has the Steelers as 1-point favorites on the road in prime time. Some are stunned at this line, but like I always say, “Vegas knows more than you and me.”
Will the Steelers pull out the win? Or will their misery continue? Only time will tell, but the NFL experts seem to be putting their eggs in the Buccaneers’ basket.