Week 3 leaves Tampa Bay fans with one big question: Is Fitzmagic over?
In a heartbreaking loss, the Buccaneers were unable to come back for a win in their Week 3 matchup against the Steelers. While all eyes are on Ryan Fitzpatrick, this loss doesn’t entirely fall on his shoulders. The first half of this game had some impressive defensive work by the Steelers and a few key drops by some of the Tampa Bay receivers.
Last night actually started out well for the Bucs with their ability to read Ben Roethlisberger. Justin Evans secured one of the best interceptions of the year by snatching the ball away from JuJu Smith-Schuster. Peyton Barber was having an impressive night as well, and everything seemed to be going right for the Bucs.
Do not underestimate Vance McDonald's stiff arm.
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That is until Vance McDonald secured a touchdown for Pittsburgh and the momentum clearly changed in Week 3. McDonald stiff-armed Chris Conte, which appeared like he just shoved the poor defender to the ground. It was a funny moment for viewers, but certainly not for Tampa Bay to see botched coverage lead to a touchdown.
The Steelers needed this Week 3 win. Everyone has been talking about Le’Veon Bell, and it’s clearly been having an effect in that locker room. As far as Fitzmagic is concerned, Buccaneers fans shouldn’t give up yet. Everyone is focusing on those three interceptions, however, two of them should have been caught by the intended receiver. At the end of the day, he also had three touchdowns and 411 yards. Tampa Bay isn’t benching him anytime soon unless games like this become a constant for Fitzpatrick.
On the opposing side, Ben Roethlisberger had one of his better games this season. He completed 30 out of 38 passes for a completion rate of 78.9%. With three touchdowns and only one interception, Pittsburgh fans are probably feeling much better about their quarterback. The Steelers defense looked better in the first half, but very spotty in the second. Nevertheless, this team does seem like it’s beginning to come together. Mike Tomlin also made it clear, he will no longer be taking questions about Bell. Hopefully, this means his holdout will stop overshadowing the Steelers.
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