The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are ‘En Fuego’.
Led by journeyman quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, the Bucs are off to one of the best starts of this young 2018 football season. Fitzpatrick was leading the league in passing yardage(819) heading into Week 3, and has a 78% completion percentage. In back-to-back weeks, the Pittsburgh Steelers will have played the two hottest quarterbacks in the league.
Needless to say, this will be another strong test for the Steelers, mainly the defense. Let’s take a look at three specific players who will need to have a huge game if our favorite team is going to be successful for the first time this season.
This goes without saying, he could be on this list just about every week. Despite ending with solid numbers at the end of the Week-2 game vs. the Chiefs, something seems out of sync. The first couple of drives in the previous game were less than stellar. Pittsburgh will need better starts to games, and playing on the road against a hot football team puts this task at the feet of No. 7.
To piggyback off of a solid article by our very own Geoffrey Benedict, who highlighted some interesting stats about our second-year outside linebacker, I believe the arrow is pointing up for this young man, but it’s time to see some consistency. Tampa Bay is going to attempt to throw the ball with regularity on Monday night, and they’ll most likely look to throw it deep. The Pittsburgh secondary didn’t meet the challenge last week, and neither did the pass rush. I believe Watt will have the opportunity to get to the quarterback, but the question is, will he?
Once again Steelers’ fans are wondering what’s going on with the secondary. Opposing receivers and tight ends are running wide-open again. The talking point in the offseason was better communication. OK, they talked about it, but it looks as if that was the extent of it — talk. Tampa has two solid wide receivers in Mike Evans and a resurgent DeSean Jackson.
Mike Evans - Seventeen catches with four going for 20+ yards, one of which went over 40 yards
DeSean Jackson - Nine catches with seven going for 20+ yards, two of which went over 40 yards. Also, Jackson has a 30-yard average per catch.
The Steelers’ cornerbacks must have solid games, but Keith Butler might be wise to give some help over the top, and this falls into the lap of our last line of defense, Sean Davis.
This is purely my take, but feel free to give us your opinion in the comment section below!