Journeyman quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are the talk of the NFL after two seriously eye-opening performances. Now, as they get set for their Week 3 matchup against Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers, football fans and betting enthusiasts everywhere want to know if Tampa Bay’s loaded offense can continue putting points on the board early and often against Pittsburgh on Monday Night Football.

If you’re ready to find out which team is offering the best betting value in this now intriguing affair, then let’s get to my expert pick right now.

Monday Night Football: Pittsburgh Steelers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Game Information

🏈: Monday Night Football: Pittsburgh Steelers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
⏰: Mon. Sep 24, 2018 8:15 PM ET
🏟️: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL
📺: FOX
🎰: Pittsburgh Steelers -1½ -110 | -125 | O 54 -110

Pittsburgh Steelers

After getting ‘lucky’ in their 21-21 season-opening tie against Cleveland, the Steelers were on the wrong end of a stunning 42-37 loss against Kansas City last weekend in which they allowed second-year quarterback Patrick Mahomes to throw a mind-boggling six touchdowns.

Ben Roethlisberger completed just 39 of 60 passes for 452 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions, but the Steelers couldn’t stop Kansas City’s explosive offense. Not only have the Steelers been playing some uninspiring football right now, but the AFC North based Super Bowl hopefuls have plenty of drama surrounding Le’Veon Bell and suddenly, Antonio Brown. Reports out of Pittsburgh say that head coach Mike Tomlin has reportedly lost control of the locker room and I can kind of see that being the case.

“It’s not fun, but it’s still early,” Roethlisberger said. “It’s kind of where are we going to go from here. It’s kind of a mirror, gut check, whatever you want to call it. We’ll see how everyone wants to respond.”

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Buccaneers are the talk of the league after jumping all over New Orleans down in the Big Easy no less, to win their opener 48-40. Tampa Bay backed that up with an even more impressive 27-21 win over the defending Super Bowl champion Eagles last weekend.

Veteran quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick has been nothing short of phenomenal in passing for 417 yards with four TDs and no picks against the Saints and 402 yards with another four touchdowns and one interception against Philadelphia. Veteran wide receiver DeSean Jackson has nine catches for a league-leading 275 yards and three touchdowns while fellow wideout Mike Evans has a league-high 17 receptions for 230 yards and two scores.

“I think we just developed a lot of confidence in the offseason and through training camp with how we worked, and the way things were going, and the rapport with the guys,” the 35-year-old Fitzpatrick said. “I think that confidence has carried over into the season.”

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Expert Pick and Prediction

Maybe it’s me, but I just can’t bring myself to go against Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers until I see them start to falter. The Buccaneers are putting points on the board in a hurry and it doesn’t look like it’s some accident or lucky hot streak. No, Ryan Fitzpatrick has a trio of super dangerous receivers in DeSean Jackson, Mike Evans and tight end O.J. Howard. Pittsburgh’s defense looked abysmal against the Chiefs last weekend and they’re giving up 31.5 points per game so far, so I can see them giving up a bunch of points to the Bucs in this contest as well.

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The Steelers are a discouraging 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following an ATS loss, 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games in September and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. Conversely, the Buccaneers are a perfect 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall, a near-perfect 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and a consistent 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games following a straight up win. All signs are pointing to a Buccaneers win and ATS cover if you ask me!

Predicted Score: Tampa Bay 31 Pittsburgh 28

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