Ben Roethlisberger shines, Steelers hold off Buccaneers 30-27

By Fred Goodall - AP Sports Writer
Pittsburgh Steelers safety Sean Davis (21) celebrates after breaking up a pass intended for Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin (12) during the second half of an NFL football game Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark LoMoglio) -

TAMPA, Fla. — 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.

Pittsburgh Steelers safety Sean Davis (21) celebrates after breaking up a pass intended for Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin (12) during the second half of an NFL football game Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark LoMoglio)
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/web1_AP18268102153702.jpgPittsburgh Steelers safety Sean Davis (21) celebrates after breaking up a pass intended for Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin (12) during the second half of an NFL football game Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark LoMoglio)

By Fred Goodall

AP Sports Writer