The Tampa Bay Buccaneers (209), led by backup quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, met the Pittsburgh Steelers (0-1-1), led by quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and wide receiver Antonio Brown, in Week 3 NFL Monday Night Football game on September 24, 2018 (9/24/18) at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.
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Here’s the AP recap:
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Ben Roethlisberger threw for 353 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Pittsburgh Steelers to a 30-27 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday night.
Capping a tumultuous week in which star receiver Antonio Brown made headlines by shouting at an assistant coach on the sidelines and getting into a spat on social media, the Steelers (1-1-1) built a 20-point lead before holding on for their first win.
Vance McDonald scored on a 75-yard pass play and finished with four catches for 112 yards. Brown and Ryan Switzer also had first-half TD receptions for Pittsburgh, which led 30-10 at halftime.
The Steelers’ defense forced four turnovers, including three first-half interceptions of Ryan Fitzpatrick, the 35-year-old journeyman who threw for 819 yards and eight touchdowns in two victories to begin Tampa Bay’s season.
Fitzpatrick led his team to 17 fourth-quarter points to make it close.
Here’s what you need to know:
What: NFL, Week 3
When: Monday, Sept. 24, 2018
Where: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Fla.
Time: 8:15 p.m. Eastern
Line: Steelers -1 (Over/under: 53.5)
Steelers notes: QB BEN ROETHLISBERGER completed 39 of 60 (65 pct.) for 452 yards with 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 104.3 rating & rushed for TD last week. In last meeting, completed 29 of 40 (72.5 pct.) for 314 yards with 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 120.2 rating. Aims for 3rd in row vs. NFC with 300+ pass yards. Has 51,852 career pass yards & surpassed HOFer JOHN ELWAY (51,475) for 7th-most in NFL history. * RB JAMES CONNER had 65 scrimmage yards (48 rec., 17 rush) & rush TD last week. Aims for 3rd in row with rush TD. Has 257 scrimmage yards in 2018, most by NFL RB. Is 1 of 2 NFL RBs (TODD GURLEY) with 150+ rush yards (152) & 3+ rush TDs (3). * WR ANTONIO BROWN has 70 catches (8.8 per game) for 885 yards (110.6 per game) & 7 TDs in past 8 vs. NFC. Had 7 catches for 131 yards & 2 TDs in last meeting. In past 2 on road, has 17 catches for 194 yards & 2 TDs. Aims for 3rd road game in row with TD catch. WR JU JU SMITHSCHUSTER had career-high 13 catches for 121 yards & TD in Week 2. Has 27 catches (9 per game) for 383 rec. yards (127.7 per game) & 2 TDs in past 3. Aims for 4th in row with 100+ rec. yards. TE JESSE JAMES had career-high 138 rec. yards & TD last week. * LB T.J. WATT ties for 3rd in NFL with 3 sacks. DT CAMERON HEYWARD had 2 TFL & sack in last meeting. Has 3 sacks in past 2 vs. NFC. LB JON BOSTIC has 19 tackles (9.5 per game) in his past 2 vs. NFC.
Bucs notes: QB RYAN FITZPATRICK passed for 402 yards with 4 TDs vs. 1 INT for 144.4 rating last week. Is 1 of 3 in NFL history with 4+ TD passes in each of team’s 1st 2 games of season. Joined HOFer DAN MARINO (1984) & BILLY VOLEK (2004) as only players with 400+ pass yards & 4+ TD passes in consec. games in league annals. Has 517 pass yards (258.5 per game) with 3 TDs & 1 INT for 96 rating in his past 2 vs. Pit. * RB PEYTON BARBER has 60+ scrimmage yards in 3 of past 4 at home. * WR MIKE EVANS had 65 rec. yards & TD in last meeting. Has 12 catches for 180 yards (90 per game) & TD in his past 2 vs. AFC. Aims for 3rd in row with 7+ catches & TD. WR DE SEAN JACKSON has 275 rec. yards (137.5 per game) & 3 TDs in past 2. Has 23 career TDs of 60+ yards, tied with HOFer JERRY RICE for most all-time. Had 6 receptions for 102 yards in his last game vs. Pit. (9/12/16 with Was.). WR CHRIS GODWIN aims for 4th in row with TD. * DT GERALD MC COY had sack in last meeting. Has 5 sacks in his past 5 vs. AFC. Aims for 3rd in row at home vs. AFC with sack. LB LAVONTE DAVID has 36 tackles, FF & 3 FRs in his past 4 at home. Had 12 tackles & FF in last meeting. Since 2014, leads NFL with 15 FFs. LB KWON ALEXANDER had 7 tackles, sack & FF last week. Has 30 tackles, 2 sacks, FF & 4 PD in past 4 at home vs. AFC. In past 4 at home, has 43 tackles (10.8 per game). DE JASON PIERRE-PAUL had sack in Week 2, his 1st sack with TB. — NFL Communications