In compiling the list below, I realized this was the first time this season experts are actually picking the Buccaneers to win. It still wasn't many and the majority of experts still have the 0-1-1 Pittsburgh Steelers taking the tilt on Monday Night, but it's something.
It's a matchup of two highly powered offenses through the first two weeks of the season. The Buccaneers and Steelers rank first and second in total offense, respectively. Tampa Bay has an average of 482.5 total yards per game through the first two games and Pittsburgh is right behind them, registering an average of 473.5 yards per game. This is all due to the men under center for both teams. Bucs' quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick leads the league in passer rating (151.5) and passing yards (819) so far this season. Steelers' quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is second in the latter with 787 but only has an 86.5 passer rating through the first two games.
Pittsburgh does hold an advantage in the defensive category, where they rank about six spots higher than the Buccaneers in total defense, allowing an average of 388.0 yards per game. It'll be a pretty tight matchup on the night when Tony Dungy will be inducted into the Buccaneers' Ring of Honor. Here's what the experts are picking below.
FOXSports.com, Consensus – Steelers