The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will look to shake off their winless record and pull off a huge upset of the Pittsburgh Steelers when they square off in their Week 4 matchup on Sunday.
Thanks to this expert NFL betting breakdown, you’re going to find out whether the Bucs can accomplish their tough feat or not.
Tampa Bay at Pittsburgh
Date: September 28, 2014
Start Time: 1:00 pm EST
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Stadium: Heinz Field
TV Info: Fox/NFL Sunday Ticket
Live Stream: NFLSundayTicket.TV
Radio: NFL Audio Pass
Spread: Pittsburgh -7.5
Football Odds Week 4 Preview – Bucs Vs Steelers
The Buccaneers (0-3 SU, 0-3 ATS) got pounded unmercifully in their 56-14 Week 3 loss to Atlanta while never coming close to covering the spread as a 6.5-point road underdog.
The Buccaneers fumbled five times in the loss, losing four of them while getting outplayed in every facet of the game. Tampa Bay gave up a whopping 488 yards of total offense against Atlanta and three passing and rushing touchdowns in the loss.
The Bucs have questions at quarterback with veteran starter Josh McCown battling a sprained thumb that he suffered against the Falcons. Backup Mike Glennon came in for McCown but didn’t exactly light the place up in completing 17 of 24 passes with one touchdown. The Buccaneers went 4-9 with Glennon as the starter last year with the rookie tossing 19 touchdowns and nine interceptions.
McCown was just 5 of 12 for 58 yards against the falcons before getting injured.
"When you get beat that bad, you need to make changes," coach Lovie Smith said. "Maybe that’s personnel, maybe it’s not. You’re looking at all areas when you feel like you need to go another direction."
The Bucs are ranked 30th in total offense (271.0 ypg) and a dismal 29th in scoring (15.0 ppg) while also ranking 28th in total defense and 31st in points allowed (31.7 ppg).
On Tuesday, the Bucs got another jolt as offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford announced he was taking an indefinite leave of absence after undergoing an undisclosed medical procedure Aug. 25.
— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@TBBuccaneers) September 25, 2014
Pittsburgh (2-1 SU, 1-2 ATS) looked fantastic in their emphatic 37-19 blowout win of Carolina in Week 3 while easily cashing in as a 3-point road dog.
Ben Roethlisberger completed 22 of 30 passes for 196 yards with to touchdowns while running back Le’Veon Bell ran for a career-best 147 yards on 21 carries while fellow back LeGarrette Blount added 118 yards and one score on 10 carries.
"That’s awesome," said Roethlisberger, who was 22 of 30 for 196 yards and two TDs. "I’m sure that Steeler fans back home are going crazy because we ran the ball for 100 and had two guys do it. That’s just awesome. I think it shows what we can do if we put our minds to it."
The Steelers are ranked fifth in total offense (419.3 ypg) and first in rushing (163.3 ypg) but just 12th in points scored (24.3 ppg).
Pittsburgh is ranked in the middle third in every meaningful defensive statistical category, including points allowed (24.0 ppg).
Analysis: After watching the Steelers steamroll all over the Carolina Panthers on Thursday night – and seeing the Buccaneers fall completely apart in their disgraceful Thursday night loss to Atlanta – I think it’s pretty much a lock that Ben Roethlisberger and company are going to win this Week 4 matchup and cover the spread with a bit of room to spare.
— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) September 25, 2014
The Buccaneers are 0-4 ATS in their last four road games and 0-6 ATS in their last six games overall while the Steelers have gone 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games and 5-2 ATS in their last seven home games.