The Carolina Panthers (+5) are heading north to battle the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field. This Thursday matchup is going to be televised across the nation on FOX and the opening kickoff is scheduled for 8:20 p.m. ET.
Carolina Panthers +5 +170 ov 50
Pittsburgh Steelers -5 -200 un 50
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Carolina Panthers at Pittsburgh Steelers Betting Preview
In this Thursday matchup, Pittsburgh is tabbed as the favorite and is currently giving up 5 points. In order to take the home favorite, moneyline gamblers would currently need to spend $200 to win $100 back on the Steelers (-200). The Panthers are getting +170 moneyline odds. There should be some decent live betting scenarios while the game is underway, and Vegas has determined the over/under (O/U) to be 50 points.
Each of these teams has posted a good return this year as the Panthers have gained 4.8 units while the Steelers are up 1.9 units.
The Panthers have gone 6-2 straight up (SU) in 2018 while the Steelers are 5-2-1 SU.
The Panthers are trying to keep things going following a solid 42-28 win over Tampa Bay in Week 9 where Cam Newton completed 19 passes on 25 attempts for 247 yards and two touchdowns. Christian McCaffrey (79 yards on 17 rush attempts, two TDs) and the signal-caller Newton (33 yards on 11 carries) spearheaded the running attack. Greg Olsen (six receptions, 76 yards, one TD) and McCaffrey (five catches, 78 yards) shared the receiving duties in the win.
Pittsburgh just earned a 23-16 win over Baltimore in Week 9. The defensive unit held its territory in the victory, restricting the Ravens to only 218 passing yards and 61 yards on the ground. Willie Snead IV was a bright spot in the defeat, posting 58 yards on seven catches for Baltimore. For Pittsburgh, Ben Roethlisberger completed 28-of-47 passes for 270 yards and two touchdowns. James Conner (107 yards on 24 rush attempts) handled the running attack while JuJu Smith-Schuster (seven receptions, 78 yards) led the pass-catching attack in the win.
Carolina has run the ball on 45.7 percent of its offensive possessions this year while Pittsburgh has an overall rush percentage of 35.4 percent. The Panthers have produced 144 rush yards/game and have 11 touchdowns on the ground this year. The Steelers are logging 102 rush yards per game and have 11 total rushing TDs.
The Panthers offense has logged 238 yards per contest in the air overall and has 15 passing TDs so far. The Steelers have put up 323 pass yards per outing and have 16 total pass scores.
Defensively, Carolina has allowed 94 rush yards and 266 pass yards per game. The Pittsburgh defense has allowed 278.6 yards per game to opposing passers and 90.3 yards per game to opposing runners. Both teams allow similar adjusted net yards per pass attempt (ANY/A) to the opposition, as the Panthers have given up an ANY/A of 5.80 to opposing QBs, while the Steelers are allowing an ANY/A of 6.27.
Offensively, Newton is up to 1,674 passing yards this season. He’s completed 67 percent of his 234 attempts with 13 passing scores and only four interceptions. Newton has a 6.79 adjusted net yards per pass attempt overall, although that number is 9.41 over the past two games.
Ben Roethlisberger has managed to complete 198-of-308 passes for 2,303 yards, 14 TDs and six INTs for Pittsburgh. His ANY/A stands at 7.06 for the season and 6.45 over his last two outings.
NFL Prediction: Panthers vs. Steelers
SU Winner – Steelers, ATS Winner – Steelers, O/U – Over
Team Betting Trends
The Pittsburgh defense has sacked opposing QBs 26 times this season. Carolina has produced 21 sacks.
The Pittsburgh offense has lost five fumbles this season while Carolina has let three get away.
The Panthers offense has created one pass play of 40+ yards, while the Steelers have put up seven such plays.
The Carolina defense has allowed three pass plays of 40 or more yards, while Pittsburgh has given up four such plays.
The Carolina offense has created seven rushing plays of 20 or more yards, while Pittsburgh has created eight such runs.
Both defenses have allowed five rushing plays of 20 or more yards and 22 running plays of 10+ yards.
Carolina has won six of its last seven games SU, with a six-point defeat to Washington on October 14th accounting for the only loss over that span.
As a team, Carolina has averaged 5.5 yards per rush attempt over its last three contests and 5.1 over its last two.
Pittsburgh has averaged 5.0 yards per carry over its last three matchups and 4.8 over its last two.
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