Offensive spotlight: Given the context of the game, the offensive spotlight has to go to Steelers quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, who came into the game after Kenny Pickett was evaluated for a concussion. Trubisky went 9-for-12 with a handful of key third-and-long passing conversions on the way to a win.
Defensive spotlight: The best defensive player for either team was Steelers defensive lineman Cameron Heyward, who was had his way with Bucs rookie offensive guard Luke Goedeke, generating three pressures, two hurries and a sack while dominating his area of the line of scrimmage.
Rookie spotlight: Before leaving the game, Pickett went 11-for-18 with 67 passing yards and a touchdown. He didn’t blow the doors off with his performance, but it did give the Steelers the lead early, something they held onto throughout the game.
Offensive line spotlight: Neither the Bucs nor the Steelers offensive lines played well in this game, as both gave up eight pressures apiece with over 20% pressure percentage allowed. The highest-graded offensive linemen were Steelers center Mason Cole (78.4; first review) and Bucs offensive tackle Tristan Wirfs (74.1; first review).
|Tom Brady||13.72||25 / 40||243||6.1||1||0|
|Mitch Trubisky||10.26||9 / 12||144||12||1||0|
|Kenny Pickett||8.28||11 / 18||67||3.7||1||0|