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The Steelers enter this matchup 1-4 on the season. The team is pretty banged up as well, particularly in the secondary which doesn’t bode well when matching up against a Tom Brady offense. Meanwhile on offense, Kenny Pickett gets his first start at Acrisure Stadium which provides some silver lining in an otherwise bleak matchup.
STEELERS INACTIVE PLAYERS
CB Ahkello Witherspoon
S Minkah Fitzpatrick
QB Mason Rudolph
CB Cameron Sutton
CB Levi Wallace
TE Pat Freiermuth
G Kendrick Green
BUCCANEERS INACTIVE PLAYERS
DT Akiem Hicks
CB Sean Murphy-Bunting
S Logan Ryan
WR Julio Jones
S Mike Edwards
QB Kyle Trask
WR Deven Thompkins
TE Kyle Rudolph
START OF GAME
Tom Brady and his offense begin the game with the ball.
First down was a one yard run by Leonard Fournette around the right end. 2nd down Brady incomplete intended for Chris Godwin. Back to Godwin on 3rd, but Brady threw the ball low. Larry Ogunjobi with a quarterback hit on the play.
The punt went out of bounds at the 34, so the Steelers start with a handful of extra yards on their first drive. 1st and 10, Kenny Pickett complete to George Pickens for 8. 2nd, Diontae Johnson on a shallow crosser for a five yard gain.
On 1st and 10, Pickett found Chase Claypool for 14 yards. Pickett hit three different receivers on his first three passing plays.
Najee Harris on a quick toss, but taken down four yards in the backfield. On 2nd, Claypool around the right end for 8 yards on the ground. On 3rd and 6, Pickett incomplete deep to George Pickens, but Pickett was hit late and the Steelers benefit from a 15 yard penalty. Devin White called for the flag.
On 1st and 10, Najee Harris went off left tackle for a gain of just 1. Diontae Johnson rushing this time around the left end for 3 yards. Kevin Dotson called for a false start. 3rd and 11 coming. The flag moved them out of the red zone, technically but still well within Chris Boswell range. On 3rd and 11, Pickett scrambled for 10 yards, stopped just short. Great decision there to scramble with a wide open lane in the middle. In the no-huddle they rush back to the line and run up the middle with Jaylen Warren to convert!
On 1st and goal, Pickett complete to Diontae Johnson who caught the very high pass. On 2nd, Pickett threw to Najee Harris on the swing for a touchdown. 7-0 Steelers.