The third week of action in the NFL ends as ever with the Monday Night Football which this time comes from the Raymond James Stadium as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers take on the Pittsburgh Steelers in a big match for the AFC side.
The Bucs have caught the eye so far this term and are looking to maintain a perfect start to the season while the Steelers are aiming for a first win which will get their campaign up and running after a tough start.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
If you had said to most judges that two weeks into the season the Tampa Bay Buccaneers would have seen off New Orleans Saints and the Philadelphia Eagles you might have got a few funny looks but that is exactly what they have done. They will now be looking to knock off another established outfit in the form of the Steelers.
The Bucs have ridden the latest wave of ‘Fitzmagic’ from quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. To be fair anyone with the receiving weapons he has at his disposal will probably look good but he has led them with poise and precision and you get the impression they have not stopped there. If their defence can live up to its billing too this could become a special season for the Buccaneers.
Much of the preseason for the Pittsburgh Steelers was clouded by the holdout of Le’Veon Bell and to be fair their early season may have been shaped by that too as they go into their third match of the campaign still looking for their first win. They laboured to a tie with the Cleveland Browns in their opener and then got burned alive by the Kansas City Chiefs last week.
Even without Bell, the Steelers’ offense has generally been good this season. It would be stretching the truth to say that it has been perfect but they have got by with it. Defensively though they have been shown up and if they are going to turn their season around that is the side of the ball that needs a dramatic improvement, and fast.
It is hard not to have been impressed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this season but these Monday night matches can be trappy little things as we saw on the opening night and backing a team at odds on doesn’t feel like it is the right play and certainly not the value one.
We do have two pretty potent and vibrant offenses on show here though so I expect the touchdowns to flow. Fitzpatrick is in brilliant form at the minute and Roethlisberger is never more dangerous than when his back is against the wall so I’m expecting to see something of an offensive battle which may well turn into a shootout. With that in mind the odds against on over 6.5 touchdowns looks like the way to play this one.
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