Bucs Must Limit Steelers Splash Plays

This is where the game will be decided. The Steelers offense is very good. Ben Roethlisberger is an elite QB, Antonio Brown is a top 5 wide receiver, and Le'Veon Bell might be the best back in the league right now. He leads the league with 461 yards from scrimmage. Bell lost about 20 pounds in the off season and it has paid off so far this year.

This is where the game will be decided. The Steelers offense is very good. Ben Roethlisberger is an elite QB, Antonio Brown is a top 5 wide receiver, and Le'Veon Bell might be the best back in the league right now. He leads the league with 461 yards from scrimmage. Bell lost about 20 pounds in the off season and it has paid off so far this year.

The offensive line for the Steelers over the last couple of years has been a weak spot. Under offensive line coach Mike Munchak, it's becoming a strength. The Bucs have injuries on their defensive line. It looks like Gerald McCoy will play. Michael Johnson might be a game time decision. If the Bucs have any chance of controlling the line of scrimmage, those two players have to play like superstars.

Making the Steelers one dimensional in this game should be the Bucs goal. Roethlisberger and Brown will get their yards but the Bucs have to limit the "splash" play from these two. The Steelers like to throw the quick out to Brown, which allows him to use his quickness in tight spaces. The Bucs corners have to tackle well. If not, Brown could have a field day in this game.

If the Bucs record a victory at Pittsburgh on Sunday, it will mark the first road win against the Steelers in franchise history. While I don't think that streak is endanger of being snapped, I do think the Bucs can keep this game close. Unfortunately in the NFL, close isn't good enough.


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