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Thursday 11/8/2018Line$ LineOU LineScore




CAROLINA (6 - 2) at PITTSBURGH (5 - 2 - 1)
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Week 10 Thursday, 11/8/2018 8:20 PM
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CAROLINA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games6-2+4.85-35-327.515.7371.6(6.1)0.922.511.5344.7(5.8)1.9
Road Games1-2-0.41-21-220.75.3386.7(6.6)1.323.714.7357.3(5.8)0.7
Last 3 Games3-0+3.93-02-133.019.7388.0(6.6)
Grass Games6-1+5.85-24-328.016.6362.0(6)0.921.310.7330.9(5.6)2.0
CAROLINA - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)27.515.722.030:3428-144(5.2)22-3367.4%228(6.9)61-372(6.1)(13.5)
Opponents Defensive Avg.24.41321.130:0424-105(4.3)25-3766.6%265(7.1)61-370(6)(15.1)
Offense Road Games20.75.322.726:3218-108(6.1)28-4167.7%279(6.7)59-387(6.6)(18.7)
Defense (All Games)22.511.520.629:2522-94(4.3)24-3765.4%251(6.7)59-345(5.8)(15.3)
Opponents Offensive Avg.23.612.321.631:3524-100(4.2)25-3865.7%269(7.1)62-369(6)(15.6)
Defense Road Games23.714.720.733:2828-120(4.3)25-3473.3%237(7)62-357(5.8)(15.1)
CAROLINA - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against0.
Stats For (Road Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 11-436.3%2-153.8%1-39(26.2)2-13(7.8)6-50
Opponents Avg. Stats For0.80.51.3 13-541.8%1-160.0%2-37(21.6)13-2(6.7)7-60
Stats Against (Road Games) 13-541.0%2-166.7%2-49(21)1-9(6.7)4-35

PITTSBURGH - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games5-2+25-35-328.415.9415.2(6.2)1.523.510.1348.2(5.6)1.1
Home Games2-2-1.22-23-131.215.5390.2(6.1)1.225.712.7365.2(5.9)1.0
Last 3 Games3-0+3.23-01-228.014.0432.3(6.2)0.718.38.7260.0(4.7)0.3
Grass Games4-2+0.84-35-228.416.1405.9(6.1)1.723.99.6358.7(5.7)1.3
PITTSBURGH - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)28.415.924.231:5624-102(4.3)28-4364.6%314(7.3)67-415(6.2)(14.6)
Opponents Defensive Avg.2614.223.331:1726-118(4.6)25-3964.3%277(7.1)65-395(6.1)(15.2)
Offense Home Games31.215.523.529:3721-88(4.2)27-4363.4%302(7)64-390(6.1)(12.5)
Defense (All Games)23.510.121.729:1922-90(4.1)25-4062.0%258(6.4)62-348(5.6)(14.8)
Opponents Offensive Avg.26.31322.530:1425-103(4.2)25-4062.8%280(7.1)64-383(5.9)(14.6)
Defense Home Games25.712.721.730:2324-90(3.8)26-3868.9%275(7.3)61-365(5.9)(14.2)
PITTSBURGH - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against0.
Stats For (Home Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 12-537.0%1-050.0%2-54(21.5)1-17(11.2)8-59
Opponents Avg. Stats For10.31.3 13-642.5%1-155.4%2-42(22.4)19-2(9.3)7-60
Stats Against (Home Games) 12-538.8%1-160.0%2-41(20.4)2-22(12.4)8-63
Average power rating of opponents played: CAROLINA 20.2,  PITTSBURGH 20.2
CAROLINA - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
9/16/2018@ ATLANTA24-31L5L43.5O18-12132-45-318132-17023-28-2721
10/7/2018NY GIANTS33-31W-6.5L43.5O31-11821-35-232216-5023-37-3823
10/14/2018@ WASHINGTON17-23L-1L44.5U18-8127-40-269328-13221-36-1560
10/21/2018@ PHILADELPHIA21-17W5W45.5U17-12125-39-250024-5830-37-2841
11/4/2018TAMPA BAY42-28W-6W56O32-17919-25-228021-8224-41-2192
11/8/2018@ PITTSBURGH            
11/18/2018@ DETROIT            
12/2/2018@ TAMPA BAY            

PITTSBURGH - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
9/9/2018@ CLEVELAND21-21T-3L41O35-15923-41-313638-17715-40-1501
9/16/2018KANSAS CITY37-42L-4L53O13-3339-60-442025-12723-28-3221
9/24/2018@ TAMPA BAY30-27W1W55O22-7830-38-335116-6330-50-3924
10/14/2018@ CINCINNATI28-21W2W49.5U21-11232-46-369013-6226-42-2130
11/4/2018@ BALTIMORE23-16W1.5W47U27-11329-48-282016-6124-38-2070
11/18/2018@ JACKSONVILLE            
11/25/2018@ DENVER            
12/2/2018LA CHARGERS            
CAROLINA: Carolina kept QB Cam Newton fresh by running him less often in 2017, then let him loose late in the year. New coordinator Norv Turner has acknowledged that the Panthers are at their best when Newton uses his legs, despite the injury risk. RB C.J. Anderson will try to revive the power run game, while RB Christian McCaffrey is in for a larger role as both a runner and receiver. TE Greg Olsen's return from an injury-mired 2017 offsets a weak WR group. New coordinator Eric Washington, a Carolina assistant since 2011, won't be changing a thing about the Panthers' 4-3 scheme. LBs Luke Kuechly, Thomas Davis and Shaq Thompson are the most athletic and effective linebacking corps in the league, though Davis suspended until Week 6. The secondary is a weakness (partially by design because of their zone scheme), though defensive line helped out by accounting for 40 sacks last season.
PITTSBURGH: QB Ben Roethlisberger gets the ball out quickly most of the time, with plenty of downfield bombs worked in. WR Antonio Brown remains the top receiver in the NFL, and WR JuJu Smith-Schuster impressed as a rookie while ascending to the No. 2 role. RB Le'Veon Bell is a good enough pass-catcher to play WR, and his patient running style behind a robust O-line allows the Steelers to pound with the running game when defenses focus on the pass. The Steelers' defense was gashed in the run game and beaten with long passes too often last season. Pittsburgh led the league with 56 sacks last year (12 by All-Pro DE Cam Heyward) and hope that former Packers S Morgan Burnett and first-round draft pick S Terrell Edmunds can sure up the secondary. The linebacking unit will continue to struggle without ILB Ryan Shazier, a player whose athleticism simply cannot be replaced.
Panthers-Steelers: Two hot teams meet Thursday

Two hot teams meet at Heinz Field on Thursday night when the Pittsburgh Steelers host the Carolina Panthers.

The Panthers (6-2) have won three in a row, including Sunday's 42-28 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Steelers (5-2-1) have won four straight after knocking off the Baltimore Ravens 23-16 on the road.

The Steelers turned their season around when the defense started to play better. They have allowed no more than 21 points in any of the past four games, including a strong effort in Baltimore Sunday when they allowed a season-low 16 points.

"We are growing every day," Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said. "Guys are getting better. Technically, they are growing in terms of knowledge, they are growing in terms of situational understanding and when you do those things you make plays, and you minimize negativity and those two things happen at the same time. Hopefully we've made a few plays and hopefully we've prevented a few plays with that approach."

That defense will be tested by Carolina, which has put up 78 points over its past two games against the Ravens and Buccaneers and has scored 30 points or more in four of its past six games.

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is playing well again. He ranks 10th in the league in passer rating, and during the three-game winning streak he has completed 69.9 percent of his passes with six touchdowns and no interceptions. Newton has also run for 342 yards on 73 carries this season.

Running back Christian McCaffrey has become the all-purpose back the Panthers had hoped he would become. He has 880 yards from scrimmage and five touchdowns.

"You should start with Cam Newton because he can run it, he can throw it," Tomlin said. "He's strong. He can make all the throws with accuracy from a distance standpoint well. But I really think what's going on with him is just looking at the infusion of roles between what he and McCaffrey are able to do.

"They're multi-dimensional players that really perform really well together. McCaffrey's playing more snaps I think than any other offensive player in football. He leads them in receptions (49), he's a rushing threat, as is Cam Newton. The way that those two guys operate and the things that (offensive coordinator) Norv Turner is able to do with those two guys is really creating issues for their opponents and particularly of late."

Turner has been expanding the playbook lately, using trick plays more often.

"He's willing to call it," Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said of Turner's use of gadget plays. "The biggest thing is we use the right kind of guys. Norv is creating things and putting things together."

Newton is reluctant to call them gadget plays, however.

"We don't necessarily call them trick plays because we work on them so much, and the way we execute them is like any other play," he said.

The return of tight end Greg Olsen has helped the Carolina attack. He missed three games with a broken foot suffered in the season opener, but he has made 15 catches with three touchdown receptions during the three-game winning streak.

Defensively, Carolina is tough against the run, ranking eighth in the league in rushing defense.

That defense, which is led by linebackers Thomas Davis and Luke Kuechly, will be tested by Steelers running back James Conner, who is second in the NFL in rushing yards with 706 and has four consecutive 100-yard rushing games.

The Panthers will also have to deal with Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who said the no-huddle offense could be a big part of the plan because of the short preparation time.

"We've been doing it for a while," Roethlisberger said. "We know it. We know it pretty well. We did it really well in Baltimore, and just being able to pick up the pace and the tempo."

Roethlisberger ranks third in the league in passing yards per game, and he has eight touchdown passes and two interceptions during the four-game winning streak.

Wide receiver Antonio Brown is a problem for any defense, even though his numbers are down this season. He has 51 catches and averages 74.2 receiving yards per game, which ranks 21st in the league. He had five receptions for a season-low 42 receiving yards on Sunday against Baltimore.

The Steelers have won the past five games they played against the Panthers, and they are 3-0 against Carolina all-time in games played in Pittsburgh.

Last Updated: 7/21/2019 4:10:11 PM EST

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