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Pittsburgh Steelers vs Carolina Panthers Picks, Predictions and Betting Tips

Pittsburgh Steelers (5-2-1)
Sky Sports Main Event 9th November 01:20 Heinz Field V
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Pittsburgh Steelers vs Carolina Panthers Picks, Predictions and Betting Tips as Thursday Night Football goes live from Heinz Field. Can the traveling Panthers pick up the win on a short week? Or will the Steelers continue their good form and pick up their 5th straight victory? Read on for all of our free NFL tips!

NFL - Carolina Panthers - Cam Newton

Pittsburgh Steelers vs Carolina Panthers Predictions

Carolina Panthers +4.0 Point Spread @ 10/11
Over 51.5 Total Points @ 10/11

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Reason for Pittsburgh Steelers vs Carolina Panthers Betting tips

Week 9 kicks off this Thursday as the former MVP Cam Newton leads his Panthers into Pittsburgh to square off with the Steelers. Life has been good down in Carolina, as the Panthers sit at 6-2 after winning their past 3 games. Newton has been excellent in both the passing and running game, as it seems new OC Norv Turner and him are getting along quite well.

The defense hasn’t been great, but it hasn’t been enough of a handicap to cost them a game yet. This past week, they dropped their highest total of the season as they destroyed the Bucs 42-28. Newton and McCaffrey owned the Bucs’ defense all game long and TE Greg Olsen also contributed with 6 catches for 76 yards and a TD. But now the Panthers will have to travel to Pittsburgh on a short week, so it will be interesting to see how HC Ron Rivera can get his team ready on short rest.

The Steelers will be glad to return home before they start their 2 game road trip next week, and will be even happier if they can extend their winning streak to 5 this Thursday. Pittsburgh has beaten all 3 of their fellow AFC North divisional opponents in the past 3 weeks, with the latest being a win over the Ravens by a touchdown. After a slow start, the Steelers seem to be coming around on both sides of the ball. QB Ben Roethlisberger has recovered from his slow start and the defense has really improved since the first weeks of the season.

The biggest surprise has to be RB James Conner, who has been excellent filling in for RB Le’Veon Bell. Conner has broken 100 yards on the ground in his last 2 games, and now gets to face an average run defense in Carolina. If Conner has a big day on the ground, its hard to see Pittsburgh not coming away with a win here.

But for this contest, we are siding with the Panthers on the point spread and the over on the points total. The Panthers are in great form and boast one of the best rushing attacks in football with Newton and McCaffrey. The Steelers’ defense has gotten much better, but still isn’t playing at a high enough level to be able to stop the Panthers’ offense consistently. We think the game will be close throughout as neither side looks to have answers for the offense they are facing, so we want to side with the points and for Carolina to keep it within a field goal.

For the over on the points total, we don’t see either defense playing that well against the offenses they are facing. The Panthers have had one of the best offenses in the league as of late, and have put up an average of 40 points in the past 2 weeks. We don’t think they will get to that mark, but the Steelers’ defense doesn’t have enough playmakers in the secondary to keep the Panthers to a low total. On the other side, the Panthers’ defense also hasn’t been that great for the same reasons. The pass rush and coverage unit in Carolina have been struggling, as evidenced by them conceding at least 20 points in 6 of their last 7 contests. Pittsburgh has found its stride and should be able to expose the Carolina secondary. We think both teams can get close to 30, so we are fine with siding with the over on the high total.

Head to head

  • Pittsburgh has dominated this series of late, going 5-1 SU and 6-0 ATS in their last 10 meetings with Carolina.
  • The O/U is 4-2 in these last 6 matchups, with the average combined score totaling around 42 points.

Pittsburgh Steelers vs Carolina Panthers Stats

  • Carolina is 5-1 SU and 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games.
  • The total has gone over in 5 of Carolina’s last 7 games.
  • Pittsburgh is 5-1 SU and ATS in its last 6 games.
  • The total has gone over in 7 of Pittsburgh’s last 10 games.

Pittsburgh Steelers Team News

T Marcus Gilbert is questionable with a knee injury.

Carolina Panthers Team News

WR Torrey Smith (knee) and S Da’Norris Searcy (concussion) are both listed as questionable.

Pittsburgh Steelers vs Carolina Panthers Predictions

Carolina Panthers +4.0 Point Spread @ 10/11
Over 51.5 Total Points @ 10/11

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