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Sunday, September 26, 2010
Wrap-up: Steelers 38, Buccaneers 13

By Pat Yasinskas

What it means: All dynasties have to end sometime. Come on, did you really think the Bucs would keep winning? They beat two bad teams -- Cleveland and Carolina. Against a good team, we found out what we already knew. The Bucs probably aren’t headed for the playoffs this year. They’re improving and they’re going to keep improving, but there’s still a lot to be done before they’re ready to play with the big boys.

Could have seen this coming: Sitting in Tampa International Airport, which isn't Josh Freeman International Airport just yet, on Saturday afternoon, I saw the plane I was going to board unload passengers. It was coming from Philadelphia, which isn’t exactly Steelers territory. But, if you know anything about airline hubs these days, you could figure that a lot of people on that flight didn’t begin their day in Philadelphia. I saw at least 25 people wearing Steelers gear. Sounds like it was more of the same inside Raymond James Stadium as Pittsburgh fans had more of a presence than Tampa Bay fans.

Big revelation: There had been a lot of talk about how good Tampa Bay’s defense was. But that came after the Bucs beat Jake Delhomme and the guy who (momentarily) replaced Delhomme (Matt Moore). They got Charlie Batch on Sunday, and I don’t know that anyone has ever called Batch a big-time quarterback. But he has good players around him and that meant a reality check for Tampa Bay’s defense. If you’re letting Batch hang 30-plus points on the board, you have room for improvement.

What’s next: The bye week. Yeah, it’s early and some fans were griping about the fact it might stop Tampa Bay’s momentum. Well, Pittsburgh took care of that. The Bucs can take the good things from their two wins and try to continue to build on them as they get in a little extra practice time before going to Cincinnati on Oct. 10.