The Tampa Bay Buccaneers look to continue their surprising hot start when they conclude Week 3 with a Monday night matchup with the struggling Pittsburgh Steelers. Buccaneers quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick has completed nearly 79% percent of his passes for 819 yards with eight touchdowns and one interception in two victories over the Saints and Eagles. The Steelers are expected to be without All–Pro running Le'Veon Bell, who is still holding out for a contract. Ben Roethlisberger has thrown for nearly 800 yards in Pittsburgh's two games, but he has turned it over six times already this season. Pittsburgh has won eight of the 10 all–time meetings with Tampa Bay.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-0) host the Pittsburgh Steelers (0-1-1) at Raymond James Stadium for Monday Night Football. Buccaneers quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick led his team to two impressive victories, throwing for 819 yards, eight touchdowns and only one interception while completing 78.7 percent of his passes. He'll have an opportunity to carve up the Steelers pass defense, which allowed six scores to Patrick Mahomes in Week 2. Offensively, Pittsburgh will continue to feature running back James Conner in the backfield as Le'Veon Bell holds out. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw the ball 60 times against the Chiefs. He could have another pocket-passing duel with Fitzpatrick tonight.
Fitzmagic brought his bag of tricks, but it wasn't nearly enough. A trio of first half interceptions from Ryan Fitzpatrick allowed the Steelers (1-1-1) to get out to an early lead, and they never looked back, thwarting a late Buccaneers (2-1) comeback to hold on for a 30-27 win. Both quarterbacks had some flashes of excllence, especially Ben Roethlisberger, who was 30-for-38 for 353 yards and three touchdowns. However, it was James Conner's late runs— he had two for 17+ yards in the final six minutes— that put the game on ice. Fitzpatrick led consecutive touchdown drives in the fourth quarter to make it a one possession game, but faltered with the game on the line, throwing three straight incompletions to give the ball back to the Steelers. Nonetheless, he still became the first q
Steelers 30, Buccaneers 27, 3:10, 4Q: Conner picks up 27 yards on first down for the Steelers, now to the Buccaneers’ 48-yard line. Then he picks up 9 yards, setting up a 2nd-and-1. Roethlisberger sneaks it for the first. They lose 4 yards on a run by Conner, and the Bucs take a timeout. Switzer gets 5 yards on a pass, and then on 3rd-and-9, it’s an incomplete pass. The first punt is a great one, but they have an illegal shift penalty, so they will kick it again. Then there’s a penalty on Heyward-Bey for arguing with a referee, so it’s another 15 yards. The ball was going to be at the 1-yard line, but instead it’s a touchback. Steelers 30, Buccaneers 27, 5:43, 4Q: So instead of a punt return touchdown, the Bucs start on their own 8-yard line. He finds Howard for 2 yards, then 21 yards. On
FitzMagic is coming to "Monday Night Football." After improbably leading the Buccaneers to a perfect start with wins over the Saints and Eagles, Ryan Fitzpatrickwill make his 2018 primetime debut against the 0-1-1 Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday night. It's Fitzpatrick's chance to cement his status as the Buccaneers' starting quarterback with the incumbent, Jameis Winston, set to return to the team this week after serving his three-game suspension. The Buccaneers have remained noncommittal about their quarterback dilemma to this point, but one more magical performance from Fitzpatrick would likely give him the opportunity to keep his starting job for at least another week. Fitzpatrick is entering the game with 819 yards, eight