Pittsburgh Steelers vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers Odds

Steelers vs Buccaneers Game Preview

Pittsburgh Steelers

It's been a rough start for the Steelers who drew the lowly Browns in week 1 then followed it up by surrendering 42 points to the Chiefs. At home. The Steelers are also dealing with off-field issues beginning with running back Le'Veon Bell who continues his holdout while Antonio Brown is skipping meetings. They need a win here or it could be a long season in the Steel City.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

On the flipside, the Buccaneers are off to a riveting start. Led by Ryan Fitzpatrick, the Bucs have beaten New Orleans and Philadelphia and have scored the second-most points in the NFL. Tampa Bay could finally be living up to their dark horse moniker of the previous two seasons and they're doing it without their franchise quarterback. How long they can sustain this hot streak is the question.

Game Snippet

The Steelers have owned the Buccaneers historically but timing is everything. Pittsburgh is at their most vulnerable while Tampa Bay is at their peak. The Steelers are a horrible defensive team that is in disarray while Tampa Bay is beating world-class teams and having fun doing it. This has all the makings of another Tampa Bay victory if the previous two games are any indication.

Steelers vs Buccaneers Betting Tips

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    Steelers are 4-1 S/U against the Buccaneers over their last five

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    Buccaneers are 1-4 ATS against the Steelers their last five games at home

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    Buccaneers are 5-0 ATS in their last five games

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    The total has gone over in 3 of the last 5 games when the Steelers play the Buccaneers

Steelers vs Buccaneers Game Prediction

Moneyline Prediction

If recency bias sways anyone, the Buccaneers are on their way to beating the Steelers. It starts at an organizational level. Pittsburgh is dealing with a disgruntled locker room. Their star players are acting out. And they still haven't been able to fix the defence since Ryan Shazier's injury.

Tampa Bay, on the other hand, are having fun. Fitzpatrick is swapping outfits with DeSean Jackson and rubbing beards with teammates. They are playing like a team that has nothing to lose. Winston's absence may be a blessing in disguise for this team who is playing some incredible offence.

Despite this, the Bucs are still underdogs because they lack defence. As great as their offence is, Tampa has surrendered the sixth-most points, just slightly better than Pittsburgh. Fitzpatrick also has a history of inconsistency. The wheels could come off at any time. But as the underdog, they are the team to bet.

Pick: Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+105)

Over/Under Prediction

This seems like an obvious bet to make. Both teams' totals have gone over in their last two games and they have two of the worst defences and two of the best offences. This game could easily get out of hand with both Ben Roethlisberger and Ryan Fitzpatrick outdueling each other for 400+ passing yards with a final score in the 40s for both teams.

Even if that doesn't happen and the Bucs regress, 54 isn't that high of a total. The Bucs are allowing opposing quarterbacks a 115.6 QB rating while the Steelers aren't doing any better at 108.9. Provided this game isn't a blowout for either team, this is going to be a fun high-scoring matchup.

Pick: Over 54 (-110)