Steelers vs Buccaneers : Two teams both desperately to put last season behind them meet in Week 1 of the NFL preseason, as the Pittsburgh Steelers host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Friday night.
2019 NFL Preseason Week 1
Team : Buccaneers vs Steelers
Date : Friday, August 9
Start Time : 7:30 PM ET
The Steelers went 9-6 last season, missing the playoffs for the first time since 2013, with football relegated to an afterthought by events off the field. The Steelers spent the first half of the season locked in tug o’ war with star running back Le’Veon Bell, who sat out the whole campaign after being franchise-tagged for the second consecutive season.
Bell left Pittsburgh as a free agent in the offseason to join the New York Jets, and was followed out of the door by Antonio Brown.
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After burning bridges at the franchise he had spent his entire professional career, the seven-time Pro Bowl selection was traded to the Oakland Raiders in exchange for third- and fifth-round picks in this year’s draft.
Without Bell and Brown the Steelers, who also traded right tackle Marcus Gilbert to the Arizona Cardinals, can finally concentrate again on football rather than on the drama unfolding behind the scenes.
Head coach Mike Tomlin was given a one-year extension last month and has his work cut out ahead of his 13th season in charge of the franchise.
The same can be said for Bruce Arians, who replaced Dirk Koetter in the offseason. The Buccaneers ended last season with a 5-11 record for the second consecutive campaign and have now missed the playoffs for the last 11 years
Arians was joined in Tampa Bay by Todd Bowles, who worked with Arians at the Arizona Cardinals and was fired by the New York Jets last season. The duo will be hoping to improve the Bucs’ dismal running offense and shore-up a defense that conceded 464 points last season, the second-most in the league.
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Friday.
James Conner, Pittsburgh Steelers
James Conner #30 of the Pittsburgh Steelers reacts after a 1-yard rushing touchdown in the first quarter during the game against the Los Angeles Chargers at Heinz Field on December 2, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Justin Berl/Getty
When and where is the game?
The Pittsburgh Steelers host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Kick-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET on Friday, August 9.