Carolina Panthers (2-1) vs Pittsburgh Steelers (2-1)Date : 08/30/2018
Time : 7:30 pm EST
Location : Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Carolina Panthers vs Pittsburgh Steelers
The Carolina Panthers will travel to Heinz field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to battle the Pittsburgh Steelers in week 4 preseason NFL action on 8-30-2018 beginning at 7:30 pm EST. The Steelers would pick up a win in their last outing over the Tennessee Titans by a 16-6 score at home on 8-25-2018 as they would cover the spread (-3.5) while the under was the play with the total being set at 43 points. The Panthers would win at home versus the New England Patriots on 8-24-2018 by a 25-14 score as they would cash in on the spread (+1.5) while the under was the play with the total being set at 44 points for the game. The last time these two teams would meet would be on 9-21-2014 when the Steelers would walk away with a 37-19 road win where they would cover the spread as underdogs (+3) and with the over being the result with the total being set at 42 points, altogether.
Carolina Panthers's Latest Performance :
With 21 first downs on the night along with 99 yards rushing with 234 passing yards, the Carolina Panthers were able to take care of the New England Patriots at home in their last outing. Cam Newton would go 11 for 17 for 142 yards in the game while Tyler Henicke would have 46 yards on 5 for 6 passing, overall. Garrett Gilbert would also go 5 for 9 for 46 yards and a TD while Kyle Allen would go 0 for 1 in the win. Christian McCaffrey would have 48 rushing yards on 12 attempts while CJ Anderson and Cameron Artis-Payne would combine for 8 rushes for 30 yards, total. Curtis Samuel would have 3 catches for 58 yards while Greg Olson would have 44 yards on 4 catches. Finally, Devein Funchess would collect 2 catches for 35 yards in the victory. The offense would also go 2 for 4 within the red zone while hold the ball for 32:22 minutes.
Their defense would hold the Pats to 19 first downs while allowing 60 yards on the ground and 211 yards though the air for the night. The Patriots would go 1 for 2 in the red zone while holding the ball for 27:28 minutes for the game. Lorenzen Doss would lead the defense in tackles with 6 while Shaq Thomson would also have 5 stops on the night. Luke Kuechly would have 4 tackles in the win while Jared Norris would chip in 3 stoops on the night.
Pittsburgh Steelers's Latest Performance :
The Steeler D would lock down the Titans offense for 3 straight quarters in their last win at home as they would allow 16 first downs on 42 yards rushing along with 168 passing yards. The Titans would convert their only possession inside of the red zone for the night while holding the ball for 28:55 minutes during the contest. Terrell Edmunds would have a pick in this game along with 3 tackles while they would pressure the Titans all night as Farrington Huguenin, Stephon Tuitt, Lavon Hooks, Vince Williams, Cameron Heyward, and Olasunkanmi Adeyeni would each have a sack in the win.
The offense would only have 61 yards rushes along with 216 yards passing and 17 first downs with Ben Roethlisberger going 11 for 18 with 114 yards and a TD while Landry Jones would finish 6 for 9 for 44 yards and a pick. Mason Rudolph would go 7 for 11 for 65 yards, total. Jaylin Samuels would pace the rushing attack with 11 rushes for 41 yards while James Conner would have 10 rushes for 18 yards, total, along with 6 catches for 52 yards. Juju Smith-Schuster would have 6 catches for 46 yards while Justin hunter and Jaylin Samuel would combine for 6 catches for 73 yards in the win. Nonetheless, the Steelers would go 0 for 1 inside the red zone yet held the ball for 31:05 minutes of the game.
How Carolina Panthers & Pittsburgh Steelers Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
The Panthers are certainly confident after a total team effort in a win at home over New England. They will now take the road for their finale preseason game against the Steelers who have also played well this preseason. In all, look for this to be a game to where both teams will play their starters, yet, will not allow them to go far into this contest. With that being said, this may indeed be an under game. Nonetheless, each team will come out focused and intense on getting a victory to begin the regular season.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Pittsburgh Steelers
My reason for the pick :
I will back the Steelers in this matchup as their defense has been at their best recently while the offense has been really been finding ways to move the ball on their opponents. The Panthers will certainly make this interesting, however, I assume they will also play it safe while limited Newton to minimal snaps to get him ready (health-wise) for the regular season. Take the Steelers to sneak by the Panthers in this matchup on Thursday.
Totals Selection: Pick: Under
My reason for the prediction :
I will back the under in this contest as the starters will not participate long on Thursday. As a result, the defense will certainly have center stage in a game where not many points will be scored due to both defenses stepping up lately in preventing drives from their offensive counterparts.
Betting trends for Carolina Panthers:
- Panthers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Thursday games
- Over is 6-2 in Panthers last 8 games overall
- Panthers are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 road games
- Panthers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 meetings
Betting trends for Pittsburgh Steelers:
- Steelers are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 Thursday games
- Steelers are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games on grass
- Steelers are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 home games.