By The Associated Press
PITTSBURGH (0-1-1) at TAMPA BAY (2-0)
Monday, 8:15 p.m. ET, ESPN
OPENING LINE - Steelers by 2
RECORD VS. SPREAD - Pittsburgh 0-2, Tampa Bay 2-0
SERIES RECORD - Steelers lead 8-2
LAST MEETING - Buccaneers beat Steelers 27-24, Sept. 28, 2014
LAST WEEK - Steelers lost to Chiefs 42-37; Buccaneers beat Eagles 27-21
AP PRO32 RANKING - Steelers No. 18, Buccaneers No. 8
STEELERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (2), RUSH (20), PASS (2).
STEELERS DEFENSE - OVERALL (25), RUSH (30), PASS (14).
BUCCANEERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (1), RUSH (27), PASS (1).
BUCCANEERS DEFENSE - OVERALL (31), RUSH (2), PASS (31).
STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Hall of Fame coach Tony Dungy, who won Super Bowl as player with Steelers and helped transform Bucs from laughingstock to title contenders as coach. Dungy will be inducted into Ring of Honor at Raymond James Stadium at halftime. ... Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger, No. 7 on NFL career passing list with 51,852 yards, threw for 452 yards, three touchdowns, zero interceptions in loss to Chiefs last week. ... Steelers' James Conner leads NFL running backs with 257 total yards from scrimmage while replacing holdout Le'Veon Bell. ... Steelers LB T.J. Watt has three sacks, tied for third in NFL. ... Bucs have No. 1 passing offense, looking to start 3-0 for first time since 2005. ... Ryan Fitzpatrick, filling in for suspended QB Jameis Winston, threw for 819 yards and eight TDs past two weeks. Only two other QBs in league history - Dan Marino (1984), Billy Volek (2004) - have had consecutive games with 400-plus yards passing and four-plus TD passes. ... WR DeSean Jackson has three TD catches, matching last season's total. Jackson's 75-yard TD reception vs. Eagles gave him 23 career TDs of 60-plus yards, tied with Hall of Famer Jerry Rice for first on all-time list. ... Fantasy tip: Fitzpatrick has four completions of 50-plus yards - all for TDs, with Jackson scoring twice and WR Mike Evans and TE O.J. Howard once each.
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Updated September 20, 2018