September 25, 2014

TAMPA BAY (0-3) at PITTSBURGH (2-1)

Sunday, 1 p.m., FOX

OPENING LINE - Steelers by 8

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Tampa Bay (0-3), Pittsburgh (1-2)

SERIES RECORD - Steelers lead 8-1

LAST MEETING - Steelers beat Buccaneers 38-13, Sept. 26, 2010

LAST WEEK - Buccaneers lost to Falcons 56-14, Steelers beat Panthers 37-19

AP PRO32 RANKING - Buccaneers No. 31, Steelers No. 11

BUCCANEERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (30), RUSH (20), PASS (32).

BUCCANEERS DEFENSE - OVERALL (27T), RUSH (20), PASS (23).

STEELERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (5), RUSH (1), PASS (11).

STEELERS DEFENSE - OVERALL (18), RUSH (22), PASS (11T).

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Buccaneers have never won in Pittsburgh (0-3). ... Steelers' average margin of victory in nine meetings is 11.5 points. ... Pittsburgh looking for first 3-1 start since 2010, when it won AFC title and advanced to Super Bowl. ... Buccaneers are 0-3 for third time in past six years. ... Tampa Bay's 42-point loss to Atlanta last week was third-worst defeat in franchise history. ... Buccaneers are averaging 15.0 points per game, 29th in league. ... Buccaneers QB Mike Glennon is 4-8 as a starter, 1-3 on road. ... Tampa Bay RB Doug Martin (left knee) and DT Gerald McCoy (hand) are expected to play after missing debacle against Falcons. ... Steelers lead NFL in rushing. RBs Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount both topped 100 yards against Panthers, first time since 1986 Pittsburgh had two backs go over 100 yards in same game. ... Bell leads NFL in yards from scrimmage (461). ... Pittsburgh WR Antonio Brown has at least five receptions and 50 yards receiving in 19 straight games, tying NFL record. ... Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger needs 117 yards passing to become 12th QB in NFL history with 35,000 yards. ... Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin spent five seasons as an assistant in Tampa (2001-05). ... Steelers K Shaun Suisham has made 23 straight field goals, a team record.

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