Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are AWESOME by the Pittsburgh Steelers even after losing starting rookie QB Kenny Pickett to a concussion
Mitch Trubisky came on for an injured Kenny Pickett to throw a 6-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter and the Pittsburgh Steelers’ maligned defense made its stand in a stunning 20-18 victory over Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.
The Steelers (2-4) snapped a four-game losing streak by relying on a largely anonymous defense missing nearly its entire starting secondary.
Brady struggled behind an offensive line that had problems protecting him. The 45-year-old — who at one point started the line for a tackle against a team that had just three sacks in the last four games coming in — completed 25 of 40 passes for 243 yards and an 11-yard touchdown to Leonard Fournette with 4:38 left to play. cut Pittsburgh’s lead to two.
Mitch Trubisky and the Steelers beat a stacked Tampa Bay Buccaneers team on Sunday
Steelers linebacker Devin Bush broke up the two-point conversion attempt and Pittsburgh ran out the clock behind Trubisky to avoid its first 1-5 start since 1988.
Trubisky, benched in favor of Pickett at halftime of an October 2 loss to the New York Jets, passed for 144 yards and the touchdown to Chase Claypool, the first scoring catch by a Pittsburgh wide receiver this season.
Trubisky connected with Claypool again for a 26-yard gain on the Steelers’ final drive and then ran for a 9-yard gain that ended Tampa Bay.
Alex Highsmith forced Brady to fumble the football in the second but Tampa Bay recovered
The victory came at a potentially high cost. Pickett, the 20th overall pick in the draft, entered the NFL’s concussion protocol after being pushed legally to the ground by Tampa Bay linebacker Devin White shortly after throwing a pass.
Pickett lay motionless on the Acrisure Stadium turf for several seconds before getting up. Officials waved the Steelers’ coaching staff onto the field and Pickett sat down briefly before making his way to the medical tent and then the locker room.
Enter Trubisky, who lost the starting job to Pickett at halftime of a loss to the New York Jets on Oct. 2 but remained one of the team’s captains, a testament to how he handled the demotion.
Pickett’s status going forward is uncertain. Trubisky’s steady play — which was largely absent during his 3 1/2-game stint as the starter — was good enough for the Steelers to beat Brady for just the fourth time in 16 tries.
Trubisky came into the game for rookie QB Kenny Pickett after he suffered a concussion
Meanwhile, Tampa Bay didn’t just suffer in the win-loss column, and saw their tight end stock take a big hit.
Tight end Cameron Brate left on a stretcher late in the third quarter after being tackled by Pittsburgh linebacker Myles Jack following a 6-yard catch.
Brate was able to move all of his extremities, giving a thumbs up to his teammates as he was transported to the locker room.
Next, Pittsburgh travels south to face Miami on Sunday Night Football, while Brady and the Bucs will look to bounce back in Charlotte against Carolina.
There was huge concern for Buccaneers tight end Cameron Brate after his concussion
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