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Roethlisberger shines, Steelers hold off Buccaneers 30-27

Mon Sep 24 11:52pm ET
By FRED GOODALL
AP Sports Writer

Players: Ryan Fitzpatrick, Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown, Vance McDonald, Ryan Switzer

Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Mike Hilton (28) is mobbed by teammates, including safety Sean Davis (21) and linebacker Jon Bostic (51) after interception a pass by Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick during the first half of an NFL football game Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Jason Behnken)


Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) and offensive guard Ryan Jensen (66) react as they walk off the field after Fitzpatriic threw an interception to Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Bud Dupree during the first half of an NFL football game Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark LoMoglio)


Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Bud Dupree intercepts a pass by Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and runs it back for a score during the first half of an NFL football game Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark LoMoglio)


Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown (84) celebrates after his 27-yard score against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first half of an NFL football game Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Jason Behnken)


Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin talks to defensive back Coty Sensabaugh (24) during the first half of an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Jason Behnken)


Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) throws a pass against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the first half of an NFL football game Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Jason Behnken)


Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) celebrates with tight end Cameron Brate (84) after Brate caught a 4-yard touchdown pass against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the first half of an NFL football game Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark LoMoglio)


Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive back Justin Evans (21) celebrates with defensive back Brent Grimes (24) after Evans intercepted a pass by Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger during the first half of an NFL football game Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark LoMoglio)


Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner (30) gets tripped up by Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Vinny Curry (97) during the first half of an NFL football game Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)


Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) throws a pass against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first half of an NFL football game Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)


TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Ben Roethlisberger threw for 353 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Pittsburgh Steelers to a 30-27 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday night.

Capping a tumultuous week in which star receiver Antonio Brown made headlines by shouting at an assistant coach on the sidelines and getting into a spat on social media, the Steelers (1-1-1) built a 20-point lead before holding on for their first win.

Vance McDonald scored on a 75-yard pass play and finished with four catches for 112 yards. Brown and Ryan Switzer also had first-half TD receptions for Pittsburgh, which led 30-10 at halftime.

The Steelers' defense forced four turnovers, including three first-half interceptions of Ryan Fitzpatrick, the 35-year-old journeyman who threw for 819 yards and eight touchdowns in two victories to begin Tampa Bay's season.

Fitzpatrick led his team to 17 fourth-quarter points to make it close.

Player Notes
Everson Griffen Sep 25 9:13am ET

Updating previous reports, Minnesota Vikings DE Everson Griffen (undisclosed) has been undergoing evaluation for a serious mental health issue for weeks.

Vance McDonald Sep 25 8:00am ET

Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Vance McDonald turned in an exceptional game on Monday night against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. McDonald finished with four catches for 112 yards and a touchdown. The veteran tight end ripped off a 75-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter which saw him level a Tampa Bay defender with a fierce stiff-arm on his way to the end zone. McDonald appears to be fully healthy after missing most of the preseason and Week 1. He has moved ahead of Jesse James in the tight end rotation and could return low-end TE1 numbers if he remains involved in the game plan going forward.

From RotoBaller

James Conner Sep 25 7:30am ET

Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner picked up 61 rushing yards on 15 carries while adding five catches for 34 yards in his team's 30-27 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Conner failed to pick up a touchdown for the first time of the season but he was still able to salvage his night with his prowess in the passing game. Conner now has 213 rushing yards, 15 receptions, 139 receiving yards, and three touchdowns on the year. He will remain a solid RB1 in fantasy for as long as Le'Veon Bell is away from the team. Week 4 brings a Sunday night matchup for Conner against the Baltimore Ravens.

From RotoBaller

Ben Roethlisberger Sep 25 7:20am ET

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger turned in an excellent performance in his team's 30-27 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday. Roethlisberger completed 30 of his 38 pass attempts for 353 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception. The road win was a welcome sight for fantasy owners who have become used to seeing Roethlisberger struggle on the road recently. Roethlisberger now has 1,140 passing yards, seven touchdowns, and four interceptions through the first three games of the season. Locked in as a mid-range QB1, he will look to keep it going in Week 4 when the Baltimore Ravens come to Pittsburgh on Sunday night.

From RotoBaller

Antonio Brown Sep 25 12:43am ET

Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown hauled in six receptions for 50 yards and a touchdown on nine targets in the Week 3 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday, Sept. 24.

Fantasy Spin: Brown was third on the team in receiving yardage in this one, although he still was second in targets. JuJu Smith-Schuster is taking advantage of the attention paid to Brown, putting up monster numbers while AB84 has more modest stat lines. Brown and the Steelers host the Ravens in Week 4.

Vance McDonald Sep 25 12:43am ET

Pittsburgh Steelers TE Vance McDonald posted four grabs for 112 yards and a touchdown in the Week 3 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday, Sept. 24.

Fantasy Spin: McDonald made the highlight reel by a sick stiff arm on Chris Conte in the first quarter, just abusing the defensive back en route to a 75-yard touchdown to opener the scoring for the Steelers. Despite the big game, he has put up TE2 caliber numbers to this point. The Steelers host the Ravens in Week 4.

Jesse James Sep 25 12:43am ET

Pittsburgh Steelers TE Jesse James posted just one reception for seven yards on his only target in Week 3 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday, Sept. 24.

Fantasy Spin: Yuck. Vance McDonald got off to a huge start with a 75-yard stiff arm and score in the first quarter and James was a forgotten man in the offense. James and the Steelers will welcome the Ravens to town in Week 4. Treat James as a TE2 for that matchup.

Bud Dupree Sep 25 12:43am ET

Pittsburgh Steelers LB Bud Dupree had a hand on three total tackles with a sack, a tackle for loss, a pass defensed, three quarterback hits and a 10-yard interception return for touchdown in Week 3 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday, Sept. 24.

JuJu Smith-Schuster Sep 25 12:33am ET

Pittsburgh Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster posted nine receptions for 116 yards on 11 targets in Week 3 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday, Sept. 24.

Fantasy Spin: Smith-Schuster has posted at least 116 receiving yards in each of his first three games, and he has racked up 22 catches with 30 targets over the past two outings. Smith-Schuster's huge numbers are not making those who own stock in Antonio Brown smile. The second-year receiver from USC has emerged as a legit WR1 in all fantasy leagues heading into Week 4 against the Ravens.

James Conner Sep 25 12:33am ET

Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner rushed 15 times for 61 yards in the Week 3 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday, Sept. 24, and he added five grabs for 34 yards on six targets.

Fantasy Spin: Conner hasn't had a big game since Week 1, but he did save his best for last with a long run to secure the victory in the fourth quarter. A total of 95 scrimmage yards and five receptions is nothing to sneeze at for fantasy owners in PPR leagues, he just set the bar so high in the opener. He remains a solid low-end RB2 in most fantasy leagues heading into Week 4 against the Ravens.

Jason Pierre-Paul Sep 25 12:23am ET

Tampa Bay Buccaneers DE Jason Pierre-Paul finished with five total tackles, two sacks and four quarterback hits with a forced fumble in Week 3 against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday, Sept. 24. It was his 17th career multi-sack game, and the 14th time he has registered a forced fumble.

Ben Roethlisberger Sep 25 12:23am ET

Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger completed 30-of-38 passes for 353 yards, three touchdowns and one interceptions in the Week 3 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday, Sept. 24.

Fantasy Spin: Big Ben has been slinging it over the first three games, passing for at least 335 yards in each outing while posting three touchdown strikes in each of the past two starts. The defense is atrocious, so this offense is going to have to pile up some serious points to overcome. That's good news for Big Ben's fantasy appeal going forward. The Steelers host the Ravens in Week 4.

Cameron Brate Sep 25 12:13am ET

Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Cameron Brate racked up three catches, 34 yards and a touchdown on four targets in Week 3 against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday, Sept. 24.

Fantasy Spin: Brate hooked up with Ryan Fitzpatrick for what is believed to be the first touchdown in NFL history between a quarterback from Harvard and a receiver from Harvard. Despite the score, he remains more of a low-end TE2 in deeper leagues as long as O.J. Howard remains healthy. The Bucs meet the Bears in Week 4.

Lavonte David Sep 25 12:13am ET

Tampa Bay Buccaneers LB Lavonte David totaled nine tackles, including three for loss, in the Week 3 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday, Sept. 24.

Peyton Barber Sep 25 12:03am ET

Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Peyton Barber ran eight times for a team-best 33 yards in Week 3 against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday, Sept. 24.

Fantasy Spin: Barber had a respectable 4.1 yards per carry in the game, but the Bucs abandoned the run rather early with a lopsided score on the board by halftime. It was a pass-happy offense in the second half as the Bucs rallied to get into the game. Barber and the Bucs run game face another tough matchup in Week 4 on the road against the Bears.

Chris Godwin Sep 24 11:53pm ET

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Chris Godwin ended up with five catches, 74 yards and a touchdown on 10 targets in the Week 3 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday, Sept. 24.

Fantasy Spin: Godwin had a good night, but he almost had a monster night. He appeared to have a 56-yard touchdown after going to the ground, getting back up and going in for a score, but officials claimed he was touched by a defensive back on his way down. Godwin also lost a fumble to splash some cold water on his night. He'll try and keep it going in Week 4 against the Chicago Bears.

O.J. Howard Sep 24 11:53pm ET

Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE O.J. Howard posted six receptions for 72 yards on eight targets in the Week 3 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday, Sept. 24.

Fantasy Spin: Howard took a shot in the back in the second half, so that's something to watch heading into the upcoming week. He didn't leave the game, however. He has posted 11 catches for 222 yards and one score through three games to serve as a decent low-end TE1. The Bucs travel to meet the Bears in Week 4.

DeSean Jackson Sep 24 11:53pm ET

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR DeSean Jackson ended up with just three grabs for 37 yards on five targets in the Week 3 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday, Sept. 24.

Fantasy Spin: Jackson appeared to rip off a long punt return for touchdown in the fourth quarter, but the play was called back due to an illegal block by Isaiah Johnson, much to the dismay of D-Jax. Fantasy owners in leagues rewarding individual return yardage and scores were certainly angered. Jackson and the Bucs travel to Chicago for Week 4.

Keith Tandy Sep 24 11:43pm ET

Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn said FS Kemal Ishmael, SS Jordan Richards and CB Keith Tandy are all candidates to fill the strong safety position going forward.

Ryan Fitzpatrick Sep 24 11:43pm ET

Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Ryan Fitzpatrick completed 30-of-50 passes for 411 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions in the Week 3 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday, Sept. 24. He is the first quarterback in NFL history to go over 400 yards in three consecutive games.

Fantasy Spin: Fitzpatrick struggled in the first half, but he rallied his team in the second half after a series of early miscues. Jameis Winston's suspension ends on Monday, but will the Bucs make a change under center after such a prolific start to the season?