By Alex Reich | Contributing Writer
After coming off a brutal loss against a tough offensive team, Kansas City Chiefs with a score of 42-37, the Pittsburgh Steelers came to Tampa Bay with a winning mindset the whole entire night at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. They defeated the Buccaneers 30-27 on Monday Night Football on ESPN.
The Steelers are now 1-1-1 after last night’s victory. The Buccaneers fell to 2-1 overall with their first loss of the season.
Steelers starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger gone 30 of 38 for 353 yards. He also had three touchdowns and an interception.
Running back James Conner, who started in place of Le’Veon Bell for the third straight week amid a contract holdout, had 15 carries for 61 yards. Stevan Ridley had three carries for 18 yards.
Wide Receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster had nine receptions for 116 yards. Vance McDonald had four receptions for 112 yards, including a 75-yard touchdown reception. Antonio Brown had six receptions for 50 yards and a touchdown. Conner had five receptions for 34 yards. Ryan Switzer had three receptions for nine yards and a touchdown.
Buccaneers starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick gone 30 of 50 for 411 passing yards. He had three touchdowns and three interceptions, all in the first half.
Running back Peyton Barber had eight carries for 33 yards. Fitzpatrick had five carries for 27 yards.
Wide receiver Mike Evans had six receptions for 137 yards and a touchdown. Chris Godwin had five receptions for 74 yards and a touchdown. O.J. Howard had six receptions for 72 yards. Cameron Brate had three receptions for 34 yards and a touchdown.
The game was a tale of two halves. The Bucs dominated the second half, holding the Steelers without a point. Chandler Catanzaro made a 28-yard field goal to cut the score to 30-13 in the third quarter.
Then, in the fourth quarter, Fitzpatrick hit Godwin for a four-yard touchdown to cut the lead to 30-20. He later hit Evans for a 24-yard touchdown to make the score 30-27.
The Steelers led 30-10 at halftime. Fitzpatrick hit Brate for a four-yard touchdown for the 7-0. Catanzaro also made a 21-yard field goal late in the second quarter to make it 23-10.
Roethlisberger hit McDonald for a 75-yard touchdown reception, followed by a missed extra point. He also hit Brown for a 27-yard touchdown reception. He also hit Switzer for a one-yard touchdown reception.
Fitzpatrick was intercepted on an intended pass to Jacquizz Rodgers. Bud Dupree intercepted the pass and returned it for a 10-yard touchdown. Steelers kicker Chris Boswell also made a 38-yard field goal.
The Steelers travel back to Pittsburgh, Pa. for a great showdown with the 2-1 Baltimore Ravens for Sunday Night Football on NBC with kickoff slated to begin at 8:20 pm EST. The Buccaneers will travel to Chicago, Illinois to take on the 2-1 Chicago Bears on FOX at 1 pm EST.