Home field advantage wasn’t enough on Sunday in Tampa, where the Tampa Bay Buccaneers fell to the Pittsburgh Steelers 38-13.
The Bucs started strong, with Aqib Talib intercepting Steelers QB Charlie Batch’s first pass of the day. That interception set up a 40 yard field goal, but the Steelers presence – both on the field and in the stands – got the best of the Bucs, who are now 2-1 on the season.
Bucs coach Raheem Morris summed up the day in a post-game interview, saying “We played a heavyweight. They were more physical, more aggressive and more opportunistic.”
Rookie Tampa Bay QB Josh Freeman led his team on a total of 303 yards of offense, including one nine minute drive in the second quarter. Unfortunately, that drive only resulted in a field goal. Freeman had 184 passing yards, completing 20 of 31 with one interception, and was removed in the fourth quarter. Replacement QB Josh Johnson led a scoring drive late, with a fourth and goal covered by rookie LeGarrette Blount. It was the second touchdown allowed this season by Pittsburgh’s defense.