Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers NFL Pro Football Betting Preview

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The Monday Night Football game from the NFL for September 24th features the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at home to the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Buccaneers and Steelers get things started from Tampa Bay at 8:15PM Eastern Time and ESPN TV has the coast to coast broadcast.

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The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business has the road team Pittsburgh Steelers favored by -1 ½ points with the total set at 53 ½ points.

Pittsburgh is off to a 0-1-1 record on the season as the team has recorded a tie on the road to Cleveland and a 42-37 defeat at home to Kansas City. Their offense has moved the football effectively for 473 yards per game with 377 in the passing game. Where the Steelers have struggled has been on the defensive side of the football. The team is allowing 388 yards per game with 152 rushing for 4.8 yards per carry. Pittsburgh in their opener held a 21-7 fourth quarter lead and blew it allowing the Browns to rally with 14 unanswered fourth quarter points to force the 21-21 tie and it is where it ended. What followed was another poor defensive performance as the Steelers dropped a 42-37 defeat at home to Kansas City. Steelers did rally from a 21-0 deficit after one quarter to force the 21-21 tie at the half. But the Steelers surrendered 326 yards passing and six touchdown passes to KC quarterback Patrick Mahomes.

Tampa Bay is off to a 2-0 start to the season behind a strong offensive showing. They earned a 48-40 home victory to New Orleans on the road. Last week at home in hot weather the Buccaneers defeated Philadelphia 27-21. Buccaneers offense is generating 482 yards per game with 8.2 per play. It has been one dimensional as the team is running for only 2.7 yards per carry on an average of 28.5 carries per game. As good as the offense has been for the Bucs the defense has been very poor. They are allowing 443 yards per game with 376 in the passing game. Behind Ben Roethlisberger the Steelers are averaging 50 passing attempts per game. Tampa Bay must be concerned about that.

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