If you are tired of some bad Thursday Night Football matchups the past few weeks, this week has you covered with the Carolina Panthers and Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field. The Panthers enter Thursday with a record of 6-2, while the Steelers are holding steady at 5-2 following a victory over the Baltimore Ravens. The Panthers have won three straight games, and the Steelers are on a four-game winning streak.
What drama in Pittsburgh? The media and public like to blow things out of proportion when there is anything to run with, even if within the team it isn’t that big of a deal. There was the Le’Veon Bell holdout, and then Antonio Brown was bickering on social media about a trade. So much for a team in turmoil.
The deadline is coming up for Bell to sign or he won’t be able to get a paycheck this season. With James Conner playing well in the absence of Bell, and a record of 6-2 without him, the Steelers have appeared to win the battle. They didn’t call Bell’s bluff, and it appears they are likely to get him back during the most important stretch of the season. Nothing has been announced, but Bell’s farewell to Florida might be a secret message. He should know by now that the Steelers aren’t going to budge.
The Steelers are coming off an impressive win on the road over the Ravens. They avoided the series sweep against the Ravens, as they won in Baltimore, while the Ravens won in Pittsburgh earlier in the season. While it’s easy to look at the offense and Ben Roethlisberger, it’s been the Steelers’ defense who have been quietly asserting themselves. They’ve been the true MVPs of the Steelers winning streak. Cam Newton has had the Panthers’ offense rolling, though, so this is going to be a great battle of two of the hottest teams in the NFL. The Panthers put up 36 points on the Ravens in a 36-21 win two weeks ago, and they followed that up last week with a 42-28 win over the Buccaneers. Head below for our free Panthers vs. Steelers pick.
Carolina Panthers vs. Pittsburgh Steelers NFL Week 10 Betting Odds:
vs. Steelers -4(-105)
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Panthers vs. Steelers Pick:
The Panthers have been flying under the radar this season, no doubt about it. For all of the talk about the Patriots, Saints, Rams, and Steelers, the Panthers have been quietly going about their business. They’ve been getting solid production from their offense and defense. Newton has passed for 15 touchdowns with only 4 interceptions. He’s also scampered for 342 yards rushing and 4 touchdowns on the ground.
When Newton is playing well, this entire offense looks like a well-oiled machine. Overall, the Panthers are scoring 27.5 points per game for 11th in the NFL. They’ve looked elite in their last two games, though, as they put up 78 points. Winners in five of their last six games, it’s been a balanced attack that has helped the Panthers.
They haven’t had to score 30 points every week to win games, with an average of 21 points allowed in their last three games during the winning streak. Roethlisberger seems to be going into Thursday night a bit banged up. He left the Ravens game with the wind knocked out of him and he is dealing with a gimpy shoulder and banged up collarbone. The short turnaround against a decent Carolina defense doesn’t do any good for him.
The Steelers have allowed 18 points per game during their four-game winning streak. It’s going to be a test for the Panthers on the road, but they’ve already won against a couple of good defenses of late, the Eagles and Ravens. Newton accounted for 3 touchdowns against the Ravens, 2 passing and 1 on the ground with his legs. This is one Thursday night game you are going to want to watch. I don’t think this one is going to be decided until the 4th quarter. We should see a game that falls within 4 points either way, so the points and the Panthers looks like the play for Thursday Night Football in Week 10.