Middle linebacker Barrett Ruud feels like no matter who the quarterback is for Pittsburgh, the Bucs will see something along the lines of what they did last week against the Panthers.
"Honestly, I think it is going to be sort of a similar challenge to what we had this week with Carolina," said Ruud. "They have a good running game so I think we obviously have to prepare first on stopping the run. Then make sure we don't give up big plays. That's probably what they are going to try to do, which is run the ball, run the ball, then hopefully hit us with a big play when we are not ready for it. It's going to be a big challenge because they have done a good job being 2-0 without [Ben Rothlisberger]."
Pittsburgh comes in ranked tied for No. 1 in points allowed, while the Bucs are ranked No. 3. Both teams are playing extremely stout defense and Ruud feels like the Bucs have to duplicate the Steelers' defense, a unit that had seven takeaways last week versus Tennessee.
"I think we have to at least match them," said Ruud. "I think our offense has been pretty opportunistic too and hopefully they can keep that going because you are not just going to smash the Steelers' defense. You have to be smart with the ball, you can't have turnovers, and when you get a chance to make a play you have to make it."