Steelers 20, Buccaneers 3
Sunday, December 3rd 2006, 6:24 pm
By: News On 6
PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pittsburgh Steelers waited all season for this: a team that would turn the ball over even more than they do.
The NFL's most mistake-prone team didn't do much on offense for the second week in a row, but it didn't make much difference as the Steelers capitalized on repeated Tampa Bay mistakes to beat the Buccaneers 20-3 on Sunday.
In a match-up of two of the league's most disappointing teams, Ben Roethlisberger bounced back from one of the worst games of his three-season career to throw touchdown passes to two tight ends -- both times after the Bucs (3-9) turned the ball over.
The Steelers (5-7) began the game with a league-high 30 turnovers, but this time limited themselves to one turnover while Tampa Bay gave away the ball 4 times -- and, with it, the game -- in losing their sixth in seven games. The Bucs have scored only 5 touchdowns in losing all six road games this season.
Roethlisberger was sacked 9 times and threw 2 interceptions last week in a 27-0 loss to Baltimore that effectively ended any chance the Super Bowl champion Steelers had of repeating. He wasn't that much better against Tampa Bay, completing fewer than half of his 25 passes against one of the league's weakest pass defenses, but did throw scoring passes of 16 yards to Heath Miller and 2 to Jerame Tuman. He also was sacked only once.
The Bucs avoided their second shutout of the season only when Matt Bryant kicked a 27-yard field goal on the final play of the game.