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Where: Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, PA
When: Thursday, November 8, 8:20 PM. ET.
The Pittsburgh Steelers will be going for their fifth consecutive win when they take on the Carolina Panthers in this week’s edition of Thursday Night Football.
Panthers Going For Sixth Win In Seven Games
The Carolina Panthers have played well so far this season and currently sit in second place in the NFC South. They have won their last three games and five of their last six games and will be going for their fourth win in a row and sixth in seven games when they face the Steelers on Thursday night.
We are winnnnnnnnnnnnnnning!!!
— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) November 4, 2018
The Panthers have done a great job on the offensive end this season, averaging 25.4 points per game. They have one of the best rushing attacks in the league, averaging 138.9 yards per game, which is second in the league.
Christian McCaffrey leads the team with 502 rushing yards and three touchdowns. He also has 378 receiving yards and two touchdowns this season.
Cam Newton has bounced back from a disappointing 2017 campaign and is one of the early MVP candidates. He has completed 66.4 percent of his passes for 1,893 yards, 15 touchdowns, and three interceptions. He has also rushed for 342 yards and four touchdowns.
Carolina has also played good defense this season, holding opponents to 21.7 points per game. The defense will have their hands full against the Steelers, who can hurt you through the air or on the ground, but if they can keep Pittsburgh under 21 points, they will have a good chance of winning this game.
Steelers Trying To Increase Lead In AFC North
The Steelers were able to overcome a slow start to the season and have worked their way to the top of the AFC North, thanks to their four-game winning streak. They will be trying to win their fifth consecutive game and increase their lead in the division with a win over the Panthers on Thursday night.
Got the W. pic.twitter.com/txsMNsztpu
— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) November 4, 2018
Despite not having Le’Veon Bell in the lineup this season, Pittsburgh’s offense remains one of the best in the league. The team is averaging 28.9 points per game, which is sixth in the league. James Conner has stepped up in Bell’s absence, rushing for 706 yards and nine touchdowns. He also has 379 receiving yards and one touchdown.
Ben Roethlisberger leads the second-best passing attack in the league, completing 65.3 percent of his passes for 2,546 yards, 16 touchdowns, and seven interceptions.
Defensively, the Steelers are giving up 24.6 points per game, but they have played very well over their last four games, giving up 20 or more points once in that span. If they can keep pressure on Newton and force him into making mistakes, they should be able to get the win over the Panthers on Thursday.
- 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games.
- 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games against Carolina.
- 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games on the road.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Steelers have done a great job against the spread, winning four of their last five games. The Panthers haven’t had as much success against the spread, especially on the road, losing four of their last six games and their last five against the Steelers.
Prediction: Pittsburgh Steelers -4
Full-Game Total Pick
The total has gone over in four of Carolina’s last six games. It has also gone over in seven of the Steelers last nine games, five of their last six home games and in four of their last five games against the Panthers, making the over the best bet here.
Prediction: Over 52
Full-Game Prop Bet
The Steelers are averaging 31.2 points per game in their last four games, and they should be able to go over 27.5 points at home against a Carolina team that is giving up 22.5 points per game.
Prediction: Steelers – Total Points Over 27.5
Half-Time Side Pick
The Steelers will win the first half of this game because they are outscoring the Panthers 13.7 points per game to 10 points per game in the first half of their last three games. The fact that they also play better defense in the first half, holding opponents to 10 points per game, while Carolina gives up 11.3 points per game, gives them the edge.
Prediction: Pittsburgh Steelers -3
Half-Time Total Bet
With both teams combining for 23.7 points in the first half of their last three games, they will likely go over the total, especially if Carolina struggles against the pass like they did against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in their last game.
Prediction: Over 26
Half-Time Prop Prediction
The Steelers have a great offense, but they have gotten off to slow starts this season, and they are averaging 2.3 points per game in the first quarter of their last three games. The Panthers are averaging seven points in the first quarter and scored 14 points in the first quarter of their last game so pick them to score the first points in this game.
Prediction: Team to Score First Carolina Panthers +110