We know the Steelers suffered some devastating injuries this past weekend in their win against the Panthers. And while the Bucs will be starting Mike Glennon at quarterback, the team might be getting an upgrade at that position this week. As I have written previously, the Bucs have to take advantage of the size of their wide receivers against the Steelers diminutive secondary. Ike Taylor is out for multiple weeks with a fractured forearm, so it looks like the Steelers will have veteran William Gay starting alongside Cortez Allen. Gay is very good in the slot, not so much on the outside.
"I expect them to go down the field on us, not because of who we have on the field, but because that's what they want to do," Allen said. "They drafted those big players for a reason. They're similar to Benjamin in Carolina. They're big-body types. It's something we have to be aware of and focus on how we play the ball and how we play against those big-body types."
Greg Cosell from NFL Films, who was with Fan Interference on 98.7 The Fan in Tampa Thursday afternoon, thinks the Bucs need to take some shots down the field as well.
"You can dictate shots, You're not waiting for the right defense," Cosell said. "I think you have to be proactive. One of the things you hear from a lot of people in the NFL is that you have to make weak links play. You've got to make the Steelers weak link play, and if you don't do that, that's on you."
It's pretty simple for the Bucs offense this week. Attack that Steelers secondary.