Pittsburgh's best offensive player: With QB Ben Roethlisberger still suspended, this title probably goes to ageless and fearless WR Hines Ward, 34, who manages to affect the game in ways beyond catching the football.
Pittsburgh's best defensive player: S Troy Polamalu already has two interceptions and has a particular knack for flying into ballcarriers like a heat-seeking missile.
What the Steelers do best: Grind it out. Pittsburgh, even without its franchise quarterback, has the ability to win tight games, with a defense that makes opponents earn every inch.
You can beat the Steelers if: You get their offense into third-and-long situations. The Bucs defense has excelled in those scenarios thus far, and the Steelers don't want to put this game in the hands of backup QB Charlie Batch, who was 5-of-11 and sacked twice against Tennessee last week.
The Bucs must avoid: Getting into third and long on offense. That's when Hall of Famer and defensive wizard Dick LeBeau will dial up blitzes that will leave QB Josh Freeman's head spinning and expose him to LB James Harrison and the Steelers' rabid pass rush.
Holder's prediction: Steelers 17, Bucs 16