Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-1) – Pittsburgh Steelers (1-1-1): 27-30
Stop shot for Ryan Fitzpatrick (30/50, 411 yards, 3 TD, 3 INT, 27 yards on the ground) and Tampa Bay. Winners of their first two games thanks largely to a fire attack, the Buccaneers conceded their first loss of the season against the Steelers.
The franchise Florida has passed completely in his second quarter, with four losses and 24 points conceded. In the second half, the Bucs nearly made a huge comeback, but Pittsburgh finally held. Fitz can console himself by saying that he became the first quarterback in history to throw more than 400 yards in three consecutive games.
On the Steelers side, Ben Roethlisberger (30/38, 353 yards, 3 TD, 1 INT) behaved as boss and the defense woke up after his disastrous performance last week. This victory, the first of the season, will do a lot of good to a team that has known a lot of controversy in recent days.
And one, and two, and three interceptions!
Unstoppable offensively since the start of the season, Tampa Bay can also count on his defense to make big plays. The evidence, early in the game, an interception of Justin Evans puts the Bucs on the right track. Behind him, Peyton Barber (8 races, 33 yards) has a good 18-yard run and Ryan Fitzpatrick finds Cameron Brate (3 REC, 34 yards, 1 TD) in the end zone (7-0).
The reaction of the Steelers is not long in coming. From the next drive, Ben Roethlisberger finds his tight end Vance McDonald (4 REC, 112 yards, 1 TD), who gets rid of the defensive back Chris Conte to register a superb touchdown of 75 yards! (7-6 after an extra missed point).
Then, after a defensive stop, Pittsburgh followed with a 43-yard Big Ben pass for JuJu Smith-Schuster (9 REC, 116 yards). The latter allows visitors to meet in the opposing field and to register a field goal (7-9).
Launched, the Steelers assert their dominance during the second quarter. They are using a fumble by Chris Godwin to widen the gap through a 27-yard touchdown by Antonio Brown (6 REC, 50 yards, 1 TD) (7-16).
Tampa Bay tries to react but then Fitzmagic turns into Fitztragic. On a cloud in the first two games, Fitz cracks under the pressure of the opponent and is intercepted … three times in a row. One of these interceptions ends with a touchdown by Bud Dupree (7-23).
The quarterback Bucs manages to catch up a bit with a bomb for Mike Evans, but the premises are limited to three points (10-23). And just before the break, the Steelers roll out with a drive of one minute and 75 yards, which ends on a touchdown Ryan Switzer (1 TD) (10-30). Watch NFL live stream free football match from here.
Fitzmagic is back!
In possession of the ball to start the second half, Tampa Bay tries to restart the game but they are unable to find the magic of the first two games.
Due to pressure from the Pittsburgh defense on the quarterback, the Bucs must again be content with a field goal (13-30). On the side of the Steelers, the attack turns the clock but the kicker Chris Boswell vintage. You can also get more information The FitzMagic is FitzGone as Bucs fall 30-27 from here.
We must wait until the beginning of the last quarter to see the Floridians find their mojo. More inspired, Ryan Fitzpatrick makes the right choices and allows his people to progress gradually.
In the space of twelve games and five minutes, Tampa Bay found the opposing end zone on a Fitz pass for Godwin (5 rec, 74 yards, 1 TD, 1 fumble lost) (20-30).
The Bucs’ defense is riding the wave, quickly stopping the Pittsburgh attack, and the magic is back on the attack. Fitzpatrick repeatedly serves O.J. Howard (6 REC, 72 yards), he even allows himself to run, before sending Mike Evans (6 REC, 137 yards, 1 TD) in orbit (27-30). The match is definitely revived!
There is a little more than five minutes remaining. Offensively, the Steelers try to regain their rhythm from the first half but they can not do it. Despite a big win James Conner (15 races, 61 yards, 5 REC, 34 yards) on the ground, they are forced to return the ball on a punt.
The Buccaneers have an unexpected opportunity to equalize or even pass. Unfortunately for them, they are stopped by Mike Tomlin’s men. In the final minutes, Pittsburgh kills the match with the first action of Roethlisberger, who avoids a sack to serve Smith-Schuster, then a nice race Conner.