Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Carolina Panthers - 11/8/18 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Carolina Panthers (6-2) at Pittsburgh Steelers (5-2-1)
NFL Football: Thursday, November 8, 2018 at 8:20 pm (Heinz Field)
The Line: Pittsburgh Steelers -4 -- Over/Under: 50 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Carolina Panthers and Pittsburgh Steelers meet Thursday in NFL action at Heinz Field.
The Carolina Panthers look to build on their three-game winning streak to keep pace in the tight NFC South. The Carolina Panthers have lost two of their last three road games. Cam Newton is completing 67.3 percent of his passes for 1,893 yards, 15 touchdowns and four interceptions. Newton has two or more touchdown passes in each of his last seven games. Devin Funchess and Christian McCaffrey have combined for 823 receiving yards and five touchdowns while DJ Moore has 19 receptions. The Carolina Panthers ground game is averaging 143.9 yards per contest, and McCaffrey leads the way with 502 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Carolina is allowing 22.5 points and 344.8 yards per game. Luke Kuechly leads the Carolina Panthers with 64 tackles, Mario Addison has 7.5 sacks and Donte Jackson has four interceptions.
The Pittsburgh Steelers look to build on their four-game winning streak to stay in the AFC playoff picture. The Pittsburgh Steelers have split their last four home games. Ben Roethlisberger is completing 64.5 percent of his passes for 2,560 yards, 16 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Roethlisberger has two or more touchdown passes in 13 of his last 17 games. JuJu Smith-Schuster and Antonio Brown have combined for 1,266 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns while James Conner has 38 receptions. The Pittsburgh Steelers ground game is averaging 101.6 yards per contest, and Conner leads the way with 706 yards and nine touchdowns. Defensively, Pittsburgh is allowing 23.5 points and 347.9 yards per game. Jon Bostic leads the Pittsburgh Steelers with 46 tackles, T.J. Watt has seven sacks and Cameron Sutton has one interception.
The Panthers are 5-1 ATS vs. a team with a winning record, 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games in November and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Thursday games. The Steelers are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 Thursday games, 2-7 ATS in their last 9 home games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Panthers are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 meetings and the over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
The Carolina Panthers are quietly one of the hotter teams in the league with wins in five of their last six games, as Newton is playing turnover free football and the defense continues to rise up. The Pittsburgh Steelers have turned their season around, as Big Ben is starting to look like Big Ben and that young defense has given up no more than 21 points during this four-game winning streak. The Carolina Panthers have covered five of their last eight games when an underdog of at least three points. The Pittsburgh Steelers have failed to cover five of their last seven games when a favorite of at least three points. We've made a lot of money on the Panthers so far this season, but I like them a lot more at home than I do on the road. The Carolina Panthers have lost five of their last six road games when you throw in last years playoff game against the Saints. The Pittsburgh Steelers are going to be too much here, as that offense is rolling right now.