Matchups - Bucs Defense vs. Steelers Offense

Each week, Justin Pawlowski will break down every individual matchup within the Bucs next game. He will tell you who wins each matchup and gives the final score according to who wins the most of these matchups.

Here are the matchups between the Bucs defense and the Steelers offense for Sunday's game.


CB Alterraun Verner vs. WR Antonio Brown

Antonio Brown has proven this year that he is one of the NFL's best receivers. While Verner has not been the weak link of the Bucs defense this year, he faces an extremely tough matchup this week.

Matchup Winner - PIT

CB Johnthan Banks vs. WR Markus Wheaton

Wheaton has emerged as a reliable target for Roethlisberger in his 2nd season. Banks, also in his 2nd season has struggled to become the shutdown force the Bucs have wanted.

Matchup Winner - PIT

Bucs LBs/S vs. Heath Miller

The only reason the Falcons TEs didn't have big numbers last week was because everyone else on the Falcons offense was piling up the stats. In week one, Greg Olsen scorched the Bucs defense, and that is something Heath Miller has the potential to do as well.

Matchup Winner - PIT

Bucs Front 7 vs. Le'Veon Bell/LeGarrette Blount

Oh boy. While the Bucs pass defense has been the weaker part, Bell and Blount present plenty of problems.

Matchup Winner - PIT

DE Michael Johnson vs. OT Kelvin Beachum

I'd love to say that Michael Johnson is the better player, but he hasn't done anything this year.

Matchup Winner - PIT

DTs Gerald McCoy/Clinton McDonald vs. PIT Interior Offensive Line

As highly as I think of Gerald McCoy, I still don't know how he will respond to his broken hand. The Steelers offensive line has been much improved this year, both in pass protection and in the ground game.

Matchup Winner - PIT

Lovie Smith/Leslie Frazier vs. Ben Roethlisberger/Todd Haley

The way the Bucs defense has played, this matchup might not even be fair.

Matchup Winner - PIT

That is a clean sweep for the Steelers. 7-0


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