Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Pittsburgh Steelers Preview (10/16/22): Betting Odds, Prediction, Depth Chart
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers visit the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 6 of the 2022 NFL season. The Buccaneers won a close game last week against the Atlanta Falcons, while the Steelers got beat pretty soundly against the Buffalo Bills. This matchup should be an interesting one. Let’s take a look at the odds and make some picks and predictions for this game!
Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Pittsburgh Steelers Betting Odds
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are 8.5-point favorites and are also at -365 on the money line. The over/under is at 43.5 too. The Buccaneers being that big of a favorite makes a lot of sense. The Steelers just got beat very badly last week, and Tampa Bay is a tier just below the Bills. The Steelers might just not be very good this year too. The over/under makes sense too because both of these defenses are good, but Tampa’s is better. The Buccaneers also have the better offense, but that total makes sense still because Pittsburgh’s defense should play better than last week.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Pittsburgh Steelers Prediction
The Pick: Buccaneers -8.5
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been a little up and down to start the year, but they are coming off a win that some might say is a little controversial due to a call at the very end up the game. However, this seems like a game where the Steelers might just be overmatched. The Buccaneers still have one of the most talented rosters in all of the NFL, while the Steelers might have one of the least talented. The biggest key to the game will be what each offense does. The Buccaneers average 21 points and 348 total yards a game. Their best offensive output was against the Chiefs where they lost 41-31, but ended up being one-dimensional with the majority of their yards coming through the air from Tom Brady.
The Pittsburgh offense is only averaging 15 points and 309 total yards a game, which is not good with the Buccaneers defense only giving up17 points and 333 total yards a game. It will also be a test for the Pittsburgh defense to try and contain Tom Brady and the Buccaneers offense. They are giving up 26 points and 428 total yards a game. The reason to take the Buccaneers, even with a big point spread, is you can trust them more, and Pittsburgh might just be reeling.
- Buccaneers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games
- Steelers are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 home games
- Under is 5-1 in Buccaneers last 6 road games vs. a team with a losing home record
- Under is 10-1 in Steelers last 11 games in Week 6
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Injuries: TE Cameron Brate (Concussion) Q, CB Carlton Davis III (Hip) Q, WR Julio Jones (Knee) Q
Pittsburgh Steelers Injuries: TE Pat Freiermuth (Concussion) Q, CB Cameron Sutton (Hamstring) Q, S Terrell Edmunds (Concussion) Q
Steelers vs Buccaneers Key Matchups
Check out the key matchups and mismatches for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs the Pittsburgh Steelers below.
Tom Brady vs the Steelers Secondary
Tom Brady is still doing Tom Brady things at 45. He has 1,409 passing yards, seven passing touchdowns, and just one interception. He also has a 68% completion percentage on the year. His best game was against the Chiefs, where he had 385 yards passing and three touchdowns. The Steelers gave up the most passing yards of their year last week against the Bills at 432, but on average they give up 299 yards. However, that average is up a lot due to last week. Brady is always the key for the Buccaneers, so Pittsburgh’s defense needs to key in on him.
Najee Harris vs the Buccaneers Front Seven
Najee Harris is the key to the Steelers offense because Kenny Pickett is the new starting quarterback and he needs help being a rookie. Harris has 69 carries, 222 rushing yards, and one touchdown on the year. The usage is going to stay because the Steelers don’t want to put Pickett in bad situations. The Buccaneers have been giving up 116 rushing yards a game, with the highest being 189 yards on the ground to the Chiefs. If the Buccaneers contain the run game, then the Steelers are in trouble because Pickett is going to have even more pressure on him here.