Steelers vs. Buccaneers odds: Monday Night Football picks, predictions from top-rated expert who's 9-3 on Bucs' games
RJ White has his finger on the pulse of Mike Evans and the Bucs
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, one of the biggest surprises in the NFL, look to keep the 'FitzMagic' going when they host the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday Night Football at 8:15 p.m. ET. Tampa has already knocked off the Saints and Eagles to open at 2-0, while the Steelers, a preseason Super Bowl favorite, are 0-1-1 after tying the Browns and dropping a shootout at Kansas City. The Steelers vs. Buccaneers odds have been on the move all week. Pittsburgh opened as a 2.5-point favorite, but the line has swung four points the other way and the Bucs are now favored by 1.5. The Over-Under has risen almost five points to 54.5.
Before you lock in any Steelers vs. Buccaneers picks, you need to see what SportsLine's RJ White has to say. White was SportsLine's most profitable NFL analyst last season as he returned $100 bettors a profit of nearly $2,000. It's not a fluke, either. White finished in the top 1 percent of the prestigious Las Vegas SuperContest two of the past three years. Anyone who has followed him is way up.
The renowned prognosticator has now turned his eye toward Bucs vs. Steelers. History is on his side, as White looks to build on an incredible 9-3 record on against-the-spread picks over the past two seasons involving Tampa Bay. Now, he has analyzed every detail of this pivotal Week 3 matchup and has released a confident point-spread selection, which he's sharing over at SportsLine.
White knows the Buccaneers have already faced a pair of Super Bowl contenders and downed them both, led by a backup QB who has put on a show.
Ryan Fitzpatrick outgunned Drew Brees in the opener and was more impressive than Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles the following week as the Bucks opened 2-0. The journeyman from Harvard, in his 14th NFL season, led the league entering Week 3 with 819 passing yards on 78.7 percent passing, 12 TDs and a near-perfect 151.5 QB rating. Fitzpatrick has thrown just one INT and the offensive line has kept him upright, allowing just two sacks.
Tampa's defense, meanwhile, has been stout against the run and prone to big yards against the pass as shootouts have broken out in each game. But the Buccaneers' defense has recovered four fumbles, the second-most in the league after two games, and returned one back for a TD. They have allowed just 136 rushing yards, second-fewest in the NFL.
Just because the Bucs are unbeaten doesn't mean they'll cover on Monday.
While Fitzpatrick leads in the NFL in passing, Ben Roethlisberger ranked second in yards at 787 after two games. He rebounded from a woeful three-INT effort against the Browns to pass for 452 yards, three TDs and no INTs in a 42-37 loss to the Chiefs.
The team remains without All-Pro RB Le'Veon Bell, who's holding out for a long-term contract. In the meantime, James Conner has performed when he gets the ball. He ran for 135 yards on 31 carries against the Browns and has totaled five receptions in each game for a combined 105 yards.
The Steelers' defense gets a big boost right before taking on the NFL's top passing offense, as two-time Pro Bowl CB Joe Haden (hamstring) returns from injury after missing last week.
We can tell you White is leaning under on Steelers vs. Buccaneers, but he's found a crucial X-factor that causes one side of the spread to hit hard.
Who wins Steelers vs. Buccaneers? And what crucial factor makes one side of the spread a must-back? Visit SportsLine now to see which side you need to jump on Monday night, all from the top NFL analyst who's hitting an astounding 75 percent of his picks involving Tampa Bay.
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