ROAD WOES CONTINUE The Tampa Bay Buccaneers lost to the defending Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday, 20-3. Not only have they lost all six of their road games this season, the Bucs have also lost five of their last six games and are now 3-9 on the season.
HOMECOMING GONE BAD Perhaps the pressure of having hundreds of family and friends watching quarterback Bruce Gradkowski play in Pittsburgh got to the rookie signal caller. Or perhaps it was Pittsburgh’s 3-4 defensive scheme. Whatever it was, likely the latter, led to a not-so-ideal homecoming for the Pittsburgh native.
Gradkowski completed 20-of-34 passes for 175 yards and tossed three interceptions while getting sacked five times by Pittsburgh’s defense.
BUTTERFINGERS While Gradkowski didn’t fare well in Pittsburgh, he certainly didn’t receive much help from the players around him. Bucs wide receivers Michael Clayton and Ike Hilliard, and running back Cadillac Williams each had dropped passes Sunday. Clayton’s and Hilliard’s drops should have been completions for touchdowns.
NICE PICK Tampa Bay nine-time Pro Bowl linebacker Derrick Brooks intercepted Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in the first quarter of Sunday’s game. That interception was Brooks’ second this season and the 23rd of his career. Unfortunately for the Bucs defense, which held the Steelers to just 267 yards of offense, that was the only turnover Tampa Bay was able to produce against Pittsburgh, which had a minus-12 turnover heading into Sunday’s game.
UP NEXT: The 3-9 Buccaneers play host to their division rival, the 6-6 Atlanta Falcons, next Sunday at Raymond James Stadium. The Bucs lost their Week 2 contest to the Falcons in Atlanta, 14-3.
INACTIVES The following players were inactive for Tampa Bay's game vs. Pittsburgh: QB Luke McCown, CB Alan Zemaitis, S Donte Nicholson, T Donald Penn, C Nick Mihlhauser, WR Paris Warren, DE Charles Bennett and DT Jon Bradley.
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