TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Sunday’s matchup between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Pittsburgh Steelers will be the first time Tom Brady will face the Steelers without Ben Roethlisberger on the other side.
The Steelers (1-4) are still trying to find their groove as they head into the matchup against 22-year NFL veteran Tom Brady.
The Associated Press reported that Brady is 12-3 in his career against Pittsburgh, and many of his wins have come in high-pressure circumstances with playoff seeds or seasons on the line, but not this time. The Buccaneers (3-2) are still trying to find their rhythm after an uneven start.
“They’re very good. They’re very tough, a hard-nosed team. I’ve played a lot with the Steelers, a very physical style of ball,” Brady said during Press conference on Thursday. “They will challenge us, they will be healthy, they will be in the right position and they will make us deserve it,” he added.
On the other side of the field, Steelers rookie linebacker Kenny Pickett is focusing on playing against an “absolute legend.”
Pickett, who will make his second career start on Sunday, said “he’s an absolute legend,” referring to Brady. However, don’t expect the young QB to be stunned as he showed plenty of fight during the Buffalo Bills game and held his own against the Bills defense last Sunday.
“Nobody can come in here and make a great speech that’s going to turn this thing around,” Pickett said. “We have to go to production on Sunday. I’m not going to tell you anything that will fix it. We have to do it as players, as men,” the Associated Press reported.
With the Bucs coming off their first home win of the season and the Steelers being without their star outside linebacker TJ Watt indefinitely, this matchup shouldn’t be a challenge for Tampa Bay.
In the Steelers’ last four games, they have recorded three sacks while the Bucs have 19 sacks in five games, which is third in the league behind the 49ers (21) and Cowboys (20).
“It’s good to just get to the quarterback, it doesn’t matter who it is for us,” Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Todd Bowles said. “A lot of guys make sacrifices for other guys to play. That part was good as far as playing team football.”
The Bucs have 14 players listed as unspecified on the injury report as of Friday afternoon. Among the players are:
- TE Cameron Bro
- WR Jaelon Darden
- CB Carlton Davis III
- With Mike Edwards
- WR Russell Gage Jr.
- DL William Gholston
- WR Chris Godwin
- DL Akiem Hicks
- WR Julio Jones
- CB Sean Murphy-Bunting
- OLB Carl Nassib
- WR Breshad Perriman
- With Logan Ryan
- LT Donovan Smith
On Friday, Bowles discovered that safety Logan Ryan and cornerback Sean Murphy-Bunting have been ruled out for Sunday’s game. Bowles added that safety Mike Edwards will be a “game day decision.”
The Steelers have 11 players currently listed as undetermined. Among the players are:
- WR Diontae Johnson
- CB Cameron Sutton
- CB Ahkello Witherspoon
- CB Levi Wallace
- With Terrell Edmunds
- FS Minkah Fitzpatrick
- DT Montravius Adams
- C Mason Cole
- TE Zach Gentry
- TE Pat Freiermuth
- DT Larry Ogunjobi
HOW TO WATCH
Sunday’s kickoff is set for 1:00 PM ET at Acrisure Stadium in Pittsburgh. Fans can watch the game live on FOX.