Both of these teams were not expected to be undefeated at this point in the season but that is the case heading into Week 3. The Steelers are slight favorites in NFL lines at SBG in this contest.
The Pittsburgh Steelers still don’t have Ben Roethlisberger since he is suspended for the first four games but their defense is playing so well it hasn’t mattered. Dennis Dixon got hurt last week and the Steelers were forced to go with Charlie Batch. It didn’t matter as Pittsburgh’s defense swarmed over Tennessee forcing seven turnovers and they completely throttled running back Chris Johnson. Now the Pittsburgh defense gets a shot at Tampa Bay and the surprising Bucs.
Trends Point to Pittsburgh – The Steelers and Bucs have met seven times in history and Pittsburgh has won 6 of the 7 games. They have covered four of the last five games against the NFL lines in the series. The last four meetings have gone under the total and that could easily happen again in this game. The last time the teams played was in 2006 when the Steelers won 20-3 at home. Their last meeting in Tampa came in 2002 as the Steelers won 17-7.
Pittsburgh Quarterback – Who knows what Pittsburgh will do at quarterback this week? It could be Dennis Dixon, Byron Leftwich or Charlie Batch. It probably doesn’t matter as the Steelers will play defense, run the ball and try and avoid making mistakes. Jeff Reed kicked four field goals last week and he should have a good week again against Tampa Bay. It has worked so far as the Steelers are 2-0 both straight up and against the 2010 NFL betting point spread this season.
Bucs Finding Ways to Win – The Bucs are 2-0 for the first time in five years. Quarterback Josh Freeman is playing well, Mike Williams looks like a future star wide receiver, Kellen Winslow is a good tight end and the defense is getting the job done. The Bucs opponents are now a combined 0-4 so they will get a true test this week against Pittsburgh.