Carolina Panthers (6-2) vs Pittsburgh Steelers (5-2)Date : 11/08/2018
Time : 8:20 pm EST
Location : Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Carolina Panthers vs Pittsburgh Steelers
The red-hot Carolina Panthers will travel to Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to battle another hot team in the Steelers on Thursday night beginning at 8:20 pm EST. The Panthers are coming off a 42-28 home win over the slumping Tampa Bay Buccaneers in an NFC South matchup as Carolina went up 35-14 at the half and cruised to victory behind yet another impressive outing by Cam Newton in throwing two pass TD’s while Christian McCaffery chipped in two rushing touchdowns.
The Steelers won their fourth straight game by going into Baltimore to defeat the Ravens 23-16 on last Sunday as Ben Roethlisberger threw for two TD’s in the game while the Steeler defense held the Ravens rushing attack to only 61 yards total. The last time these two teams met, the Steelers picked up the 39-19 road win on September 21, 2014 while covering as three-point underdogs. The Panthers are 0-4 ATS in the last four meetings versus the Steelers, overall.
Carolina Panthers's Latest Performance :
The Panthers have been soaring lately as well in winning five of their last six games, overall, and three straight matchups. Cam Newton continues to shine as he passed for another 247 yards along with two TD tosses in their most recent win versus the Bucs at home. Christian McCaffery made his presence felt within the running game with 79 yards along with two scores in the game as well. McCaffrey also led the receiving corps with 78 yards on five catches as the offense 417 yards for the game against a Bucs defense that continues to allow opponents to score at will.
And while the Panthers have not been scoring juggernauts this year in putting up only 27 points per game, their potential is through the roof with Newton and McCaffrey in the backfield. Together, they have allowed the Panthers to possess the number two rushing attack in the league. Nonetheless, they continue to reside in the second-place spot behind the New Orleans Saints in the NFC South, so, they must continue to keep up in the form of collecting more wins.
Pittsburgh Steelers's Latest Performance :
The Steelers’ rushing attack continues to flourish under James Conner who leads the team in touchdowns for the year with 10 total while having his fourth straight game in rushing for 100 or more yards. Ben Roethlisberger has also had an outstanding streak lately in putting up huge numbers in terms of touchdown to interception ratio as he has eight total alongside two picks in this last four outings. He would continue his streak last Sunday versus the Ravens as he threw for two TD passes along with 270 yards for the game while Conner pumped in 107 yards on the ground to seal a 23-16 road victory over their division rival Baltimore. JuJu Smith Shuster led the receiving corps with 78 yards on seven catches on the day as the Steelers put up close to 400 yards of total offense on a Ravens defense that continues to get push around in the trenches.
Speaking of getting pushed around, the Steelers defense allowed just 61 yards to the Ravens while Joe Flacco passed for only 206 yards for the contest. Pittsburgh has really gotten things done on the defensive end lately as their opponents ended with less than 20 points in three of the last four games for the Steelers. And by virtue of having an offense that puts up 28 points per game this year (31 per game in their last four outings), look for them to certainly take to task a Panthers defense that is just 344 total yards per outing.
How Carolina Panthers & Pittsburgh Steelers Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Carolina is 5-3 ATS while the OU is 5-3
Pittsburgh is 5-3 ATs while the OU is 5-3
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
This game will certainly be an interesting one. The Steelers have held an advantage ATS and SU versus the Panthers in the past; However, they are yet to face the Panthers squad for 2018. On the other hand, the Panthers defense is only allowing just 22 points per game this year while the Steelers rank in the top ten (9th) in this area. In all, look for the defenses to take center stage in this matchup as they will certainly not want either of these offenses to get rolling.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Carolina Panthers +5
My reason for the pick :
While the Panthers are only 1-2 ATS in road outings this year, I will take them with the points in this matchup as Newton continues to shine at QB and poses such a huge threat to defenses both with his arms and legs. In other words, look for the road team to keep this game tight while taking advantage of opportunities left open by a Steelers defense, that has not made many mistakes recently. Of course, the Steelers will put some points on the board with a pass defense for the Panthers that can indeed be exploited, however, expect the Panthers to continue to make things intriguing by their performance this Sunday at Heinz.
Totals Selection: Pick: Over 50
My reason for the prediction :
With both defenses having less than stellar pass secondaries along with two experienced quarterbacks under center, expect this game to trend towards the over when all is said and done. Newton, as stated, has been very efficient in the passing game while continuing to be an effective runner for Carolina. On the other hand, Roethlisberger is accurate as well and is putting up great numbers. In all, the total will surpass the 50-point mark in this contest due to both offenses ability to run the trenches and move the ball throughout.
Betting trends for Carolina Panthers:
- Over is 6-1 in Panthers last 7 games after accumulating more than 350 total yards in their previous game.
- Panthers are 5-1 ATS vs. a team with a winning record.
- Over is 4-1 in Panthers last 5 games in November.
Betting trends for Pittsburgh Steelers:
- Steelers are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 Thursday games.
- Over is 5-0 in Steelers last 5 games after accumulating more than 350 total yards in their previous game.
- Over is 7-1 in Steelers last 8 games on grass.